IVW welcomes two new veteran members, Bill Brown and Dana Lewis, who participate in a local veterans group that uses mindfulness meditation to reduce stress. Dana writes,
“A small group of vets at the Wilmington VA, have recently started a website called “Mindful Veterans Connection“. I put it together and run it and it is in its infancy as a website. I invite you to check it out and please feel free to join and participate. Many vets have found great help in the mindful meditation and mindfulness practices. Our group are all Vets, most of us combat vets, all with some sort of chronic condition.
We all graduated from an 8 week VA mindfulness course (MBSR, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) at the Wilmington VA and we meet weekly to meditate and talk about uses of the MBSR techniques and insights in coping with everything from depression to Agent Orange.
We recently opened up our site to any interested Veteran, as we are all convinced of the power of what we’ve learned to help Vets returning from war.”
Dana adds: “Your group [IVW} is a wonderful idea and I hope we can be of some help as you grow it. I myself am a former Catholic (spent time as a monk years ago) who might now be called an almost-Buddhist Jesusian :}. I do not follow any of the formal schools of Buddhism, but prefer the psychology and practice wisdom of what is called “Engaged Buddhism” as taught by Thich Nhat Hanh, whose work was behind the development of MBSR 30+ years ago. I am drawn to the common points where all spiritual traditions intersect, so I really like what you are doing.