“Mindfulness-Based Mind Fitness Training” or “M-Fit” was designed by former U.S. Army Capt. Elizabeth Stanley. She discovered the power of inner piece when she started doing yoga and meditation to battle her posttraumatic stress disorder.
Mindfulness can help war fighters think more clearly under fire when they are often forced to make quick decisions that could mean life or death, and help them reset their nervous systems after being in combat. The M-Fit training improves the soldiers’ emotional health and their mental performance under the stress and strain of war.
Mindfulness and meditation comes from a 2,500-year-old buddhist tradition and is rooted in ethics and nonviolence. Meditation practice has always been grounded in an understanding of karma: our actions make a difference. In the recent years, Mindfulness has exploded into an industry that ranges from the monastery to the military. Soldiers, prisoners, managers and office workers are practicing mindfulness. A growing number of businesses are learning that employee satisfaction (read: a peaceful mind) and employee productivity go hand in hand.
The use of M-Fit in the American Army is based on a growing body of scientific research indicating that regular meditation alleviates depression, boosts memory and the immune system, shrinks the part of the brain that controls fear and grows the areas of the brain responsible for memory and emotional regulation.
Most soldiers like the M-Fit training. One general describes his army meditation practice as “doing pushups for the brain”.