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Here is an Ecuador army tactic that may surprise you.

One point I stress repeatedly about Ecuador is that its greatest asset is the gentle, sweet nature of the Ecuadorian people.  They are earnest… and open… so it was not a surprise when I observed many years ago how they try to accomplish really important goals in very innovative ways.

Here is a prime example of an innovative Ecuador military tactic.  Many Ecuadorian soldiers and police are…

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meditating.  Read below how and why the Ecuadorian Army and police are meditating.

Merri and I have been meditating for many years… a little over 25 years in fact.  From the day we learned to meditate we have hardly ever missed.  The first thing we do on rising is meditate.

There are many health benefits.  For example meditating lowers blood pressure just like listening to baroque music.

There was a study comparing the effects of listening to 60 beats a minute music and meditating.

The results were:

Impact of:

Super Memory Concert

Slow Baroque Music                                                         Alpha Waves up 6%                                                           Alpha Waves up 6%

Beta Waves down 6%

Theta Waves Unchanged                                                   Some Theta Increase

Pulse Slows:

5 beats per minute                                                               5 beats per minute

Blood Pressure:

Drops slightly (4 divisions mercury column @average    Tendency to decrease with fluctuations

Awareness:

Relaxed concentration

Meditation:

Reciting a Mantra

Alpha Waves up 6%

Some Theta Increase

Pulse Slows:

5 beats per minute

Blood Pressure:

Tendency to decrease with fluctuations

Awareness: Restful alertness

Listening to the right type of music and/or meditating integrates four categories of brainwaves, ranging from beta waves, the fastest of the four different brainwaves to alpha, theta and the final brainwave state, delta. Delta brainwaves are of the greatest amplitude and slowest frequency.  Deep dreamless sleep takes you down to the lowest frequency.

Merri and I meditate twice every day to tap into this energy.

Plus we listen to 60 beat ten cycle classical music as we work. You could count the number of times we have missed our meditation routine in the last 20 years. This helps us enormously.

Perhaps this is why last time my blood pressure was taken it was 119 over 72. I am told this is pretty good at age 63.

Health benefits are gained as blood pressure can drop, heart rates slow and the mind becomes calmed… and you can become smarter.  You tap into your higher intelligence and are more likely to have… and  enjoy… success.

Yet there is more.  When a group of people meditate… or do anything together, brainwave entrainment comes into play.

Wikepedia describes brainwave entrainment this way:

Brainwave entrainment or “brainwave synchronization”, is any practice that aims to cause brainwave frequencies to fall into step with a periodic stimulus having a frequency corresponding to the intended brain-state (for example, to induce sleep), usually attempted with the use of specialized software. It purportedly depends upon a “frequency following” response on the assumption that the human brain has a tendency to change its dominant EEG frequency towards the frequency of a dominant external stimulus.[citation needed] Such a stimulus is often aural, as in the case of binaural or monaural beats and isochronic tones, or else visual, as with a dreamachine, a combination of the two with a mind machine, or even electromagnetic radiation.

Enthusiasts of brainwave entrainment claim that it has been noted or used in one form or another for centuries (long before the invention of EEG equipment), from shamanistic societies’ use of drum beats to Ptolemy noting in 200 AD the effects of flickering sunlight generated by a spinning wheel.

Perhaps it is the high percentage of indigenous population that opens Ecuadorian minds to shamanic ways. I am not sure… but the Ecuadorian army has performed a great test.

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Group of Ecuador army meditators.

Many Ecuador yatchaks believe very strongly in meditation.  This is not surprising.  The root of the indigenous language, Quichua is Sanskrit… so there are roots between India and Ecuador.  India is another nation where the power of meditation retains great respect.

In fact it was meditation that first brought us to live with the yatchaks in Ecuador.

When we began investigating Ecuador back in the mid 1990s.  Joseph Garzozi, the Ecuador Economic Consul in Miami, was one of the first people we visited.

One of the places he recommended we visit was the village of Vilcabamba.  We researched this Ecuador village and became fascinated with the fact that some of the residents there in the past had lived to extreme ages.

Further research brought us to an article written in the January 1973 National Geographic entitled, “Every Day Over 100 is a Gift” written by Dr. Alexander Leaf. This article was written about the three valleys-one in Georgia (then USSR), one in Pakistan (Hunza) and the valley of Vilcabamba, where 1,080 people per 100,000 lived on average to be 100. The article compared this to three per 100,000 in the United States. More important those who reached a ripe age (even over 100) remained vital, sexually active, still work and participate regularly in the community.

This greatly peaked our curiosity and we started looking for ways to visit this valley.  This was easier said then done.  One reason the population was long lived was because they were isolated from the rest of society. Few people knew how to get to Vilcabamba.

Finally we found a national guide, Eduardo Quito, who could take us.   We flew to Cuenca where we met Eduardo and then drove south along the Andes for an entire day to Loja.   A Quito Loja flight would have been faster but we wanted to see this part of the world.

We spent the night in Loja and Eduardo drove us next day to Vilcabamba where we stayed at a small hotel.   That evening Eduardo asked us where we wanted to dine. We explained we do not eat dinner but meditate instead.

That conversation led us to meet Eduardo’s teacher who had told him he needed to learn to meditate.  That teacher was a yatchak.  One step led to another and we ended up living with him and his apprentices at our hacienda high in an Ecuadorian cloud forest.

Meditation also led us to find our farm in North Carolina.  We had been searching for a farm for years and an acquaintance who was creating a huge development for meditators near Boone, North Carolina suggested we buy a strip of land next to his.  We visited this and it was not right for us… but the broker who showed us around… also had the listing for what became our farm at Little Horse Creek.

Meditation led us to our webmaster and son in law.  Our son was going to University of Edinburgh and we felt that meditation would help him do better at school. We flew to Scotland and searched for a meditation place where he could learn to meditate.  We became friends with the meditation teacher.  This friendship led to a business relationship and at a business meeting… he met our daughter… now his wife!

Meditation led to our neighbors here at the farm or rather led them here.  We met two great people at a three week meditation program in Washington, DC.  We discovered that they lived only blocks from us in London. Later they visited us at our Blue Ridge farm and loved it so much they bought the farm next door.

Meditation has been a big part of our life so one of the first things that impressed me about Ecuador was the fact that their army was using meditation to create peace.

I was reminded of this fact when a reader friend sent me a July 3rd news release about this on how the Ecuador military was preventing enemies from arising with meditation.

The theory is to create a prevention wing of the military by having the square root of one percent of the population of the country meditate. The population of Ecuador is approximately 14.5 million. Therefore, this prevention wing requires 382 soldiers.

The report explains that a group of military-police have been trained in a special intensive type of meditation, (the same Merri and I learned over two decades ago) which they practice in groups twice a day.

According to the news release: Ecuador is the only country in the world to have a fully operational Prevention Wing of the Military at this time.
In the 1990s, Lt. Gen. José Villamil, the Vice-Minister of Defense of Ecuador, quietly initiated The Coherence Project to end the war with Peru.

The report goes on to say that  a group of Ecuadorian military members and civil volunteers practiced this meditation twice daily in a group as part of a pilot project.

The entrained brain waves of these meditators creates a “phase transition” to a more harmonious and orderly state of life occurs.

Numerous studies of this phenomenon have measured positive changes that have taken place throughout society as a whole. These studies show decreased violence (such as war and terrorism), crime, car accidents, and suicides, and improved quality of life in society.

The effect is similar to someone shouting “FIRE’ in a dark crowded theater… in reverse.  The calm… peace and ease from meditation catches on… even for non meditators because our brain waves interact.   Soldiers become calmer… friendlier…. more intelligent and this impact spreads… probably in many ways.

I have no idea or evidence of how well this has worked in Ecuador… but the point here is not about the meditation. The point is that Ecuador is trying something beyond fighting… killing and escalating weaponry to help attain and maintain peace.

I am not surprised that Ecuadorians… military, politicians or civilians would try something sweet and gentle.  This is very much the Ecuadorian way.

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