LTRP Note: While the article below by the Washington Times is favorable toward Marines practicing meditation, we have posted it for informational and research purposes. Please also try to read some of the articles we have posted below, which further illustrate how the U.S. military is making eastern style meditation a standard for those enlisted. This is going to have profoundly negative effects in more than one realm.
By Patrick Hruby
The Washington Times
While preparing for overseas deployment with the U.S. Marines late last year, Staff Sgt. Nathan Hampton participated in a series of training exercises held at Camp Pendleton, Calif., designed to make him a more effective serviceman.
There were weapons qualifications. Grueling physical workouts. High-stress squad counterinsurgency drills, held in an elaborate ersatz village designed to mirror the sights, sounds and smells of a remote mountain settlement in Afghanistan.
There also were weekly meditation classes — including one in which Sgt. Hampton and his squad mates were asked to sit motionless in a chair and focus on the point of contact between their feet and the floor.
“A lot of people thought it would be a waste of time,” he said. “Why are we sitting around a classroom doing their weird meditative stuff? Click here to continue reading.