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Bombs Bursting in Air: Meditating Marines

Mindfulness meditation training for the most extreme of stress environments.

The United States Marine Corps, U.S. Army and other service branches have begun to teach mindfulness meditation techniques designed for individuals operating in extreme stress environments. The Marines' program is called “Mindfulness-Based Mind Fitness Training” (MMFT). The US Army’s program is the “Master Resiliency Training Course.” Here’s an excerpt from the Army’s website:

The Army is continuing to enhance its warfighters with something more powerful than new artillery weapon systems, night vision scopes and expensive gadgets.

This fairly new program, the Army's "Master Resiliency Training Course," is part of Comprehensive Soldier Fitness. It is designed to enhance a Soldier's mettle, mind and mental thinking and focuses on the five dimensions of strength: emotional, social, spiritual, family and physical…

The "Suck it up and drive on" mentality got some Soldiers to overcome their adversities, but that doesn't work for every situation or every Soldier….

It benefits Soldiers by teaching them they can be in control of their actions and thoughts during events that are extremely difficult to handle, said Sgt. 1st Class Alberto Hernandez, information technology specialist, Defense Coordinating Element, Region III (Philadelphia, Pa.), U.S. Army North.

"Becoming aware of our thoughts on events that happen in our life can provide different ways of reacting, whether to not overreact or not react at all," said Hernandez.

Rabbi Mark Sameth is the spiritual leader of Joyful Judaism: Pleasantville Community Synagogue an inclusive, progressive synagogue—with members from 20 towns, villages and cities all across Westchester and “A Hebrew School Your Kids Can Love.” Read The New York Times article. Follow Rabbi Mark on Twitter . Weekly meditation at the synagogue every Saturday morning at 9 a.m. is open to the public; everyone—without exception—is welcome and warmly invited. OUR MEMBERSHIP DRIVE IS ON. See “Top Ten Reasons to Join PCS” at www.ShalomPCS.com.

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