Bruce Siddle (Sharpening the Warriors Edge).


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“Why do processing skills deteriorate under similar conditions as perceptual processing?
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We must remember that processing skills (analysis and evaluation) are dependent upon perceptual input.
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If the perceptual input decreases, cognitive processing will automatically be affected.
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It appears that increased heart rates create a catastrophic effect on perceptual skills, cognitive processing skills, reaction time and motor skill performance.”
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Can you say “Frozen”.
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This is the essence of a trigger exploding, real biological fear, real chemicals being dumped, cortisol and adrenaline, but unreal, distorted or delusional emotional storyline.
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It is a disorder, a threat from an implicit memory, stored in the amygdala, it sees real danger and over rides the prefrontal cortex, thus reacting, fleeing, attacking on delusion.
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When you are triggered, take a breath, step back, let the storyline go and follow the body sensations.
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It is only the mechanism tasked for saving our life, preparing for lethal threat.
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It is a miracle of sorts, like the mind and life.
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Without the storyline, fear has no fear in the mechanism, that emotional stuff is added by the ego and its bias.
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You need not trust me, just let go and see for yourself.
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A question:: enquiring minds want to know?

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If the ego is never equal, always superior or inferior, how can happiness exist in this space? (The ego never leaves totally)
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If my ego is leading, approval and disapproval are crucial, external influences like these kill happy.
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If my ego is leading, doubt, worry and unworthy confuse and steal life, happy can not been seen from here.
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If the ego is leading, I am judging you and me, and we know happy has left the building along with Elvis.
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If the ego is leading, we spend time dissociating, reinforcing suffering, need a ladder to see happy from here.
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If the ego is leading, fear, anger, resentment and desire dominate, no space for happy, here.
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The biggest influence, . the greatest power . we possess, . is where we place . our attention . from moment to moment. .


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The greatest strength
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lies
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not by defeating
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But by giving,
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Not by showing weakness
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but letting power fade,
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Not by thinking
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But by accepting,

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Not by judging
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But by forgiving,
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Not by going fast
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But slowing down.
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Not for me
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But for thee.
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Come on open your eyes, happiness is not hiding from you…..

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Happiness is thriving in this moment, mother Theresa has an overflowing chalice, in one of the most inhospitable spaces on earth.
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Why do you have such difficulty finding it?
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Happiness does not exist in that past delusion, and is allergic to anger, hate and doubt.
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Happiness is vacant in the past, not found in the future, stays away from the easy, and is a stranger to any ego.
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The ego and happiness are at odds.
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The ego is never equal to anyone, never truly happy, happy on the other hand, is available and the same for all, all day, right here right now.
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Happy arrives when the ego departs, it arrives in a vehicle called giving, caring and sharing.
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Happy can thrive in the smallest, mundane of spaces.
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Happy grows like weeds when we stoop down to offer another, a small act of kindness, love, consideration.
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Happiness, I see is everywhere, in every act of love, support and caring for others in spite of the ego.
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Happy is not stagnant, stale or ever boring, it is the grace, received from sharing and giving.
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Happiness is not sedentary but filled with life and action, it possesses incredible awareness and love.
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Dissociation always draws attention, it is the king of all PTSD symptoms, reigning champ of destruction.


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Dissociation, that is leaving this current moment to exist in the past or worry into the future, powers PTSD and fuels suffering for us.
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The current moment is lived, mundane albeit, then life pivots to the next moment, be there or lose your chance at living fully.
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No mulligans are available for this life, we play our current hand or we stay behind wasting it.
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Happiness thrives in this current moment, has no grounding for the past or future.
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Leave now and lose your chance at happiness.
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Leave now and lose your chance for healing, getting better, being able to breathe in this moment.
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Ptsd would die without time away from this moment, oh yes a fact, try it and see for yourself.
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PTSD needs time to think, time to build its strength, time to manipulate what might be, time to grow in intensity,,time to make these delusions believable.
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Practice daily to be able to let the storyline of trauma go.
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“True refuge”——- Tara Bach!!!!


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“The Buddha taught that this experience of insecurity, isolation, and basic “wrongness” is unavoidable.
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We humans, he said, are conditioned to feel separate and at odds with our changing and out-of-control life.
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And from this core feeling
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unfolds the whole array of our disruptive emotions—fear,
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anger, shame, grief,
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jealousy—all of our limiting stories,
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and the reactive behaviors that add to our pain.”
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Solution as always, focus, breathe, let go, come back to now, to something in our view, some smell, some touch, some sound of the present moment.
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Then smile, continue living, happiness exists in this timeframe, now.
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Change your relationship with one body mechanism and heal!!!!!!


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What mechanism? Which one? This must be an April fools joke, correct, absolutely not.
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Become friends with the adrenal stress response (fight or flight mechanism) and healing will be at your heels.
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When I built the strength, confidence and depth in my mindfulness practice, letting the storyline of trauma go, it enabled me to stay present, be in my solar plexus as this preparation for a lethal threat was transpiring.
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Feel the sensations, the firing of the amygdala, summoning the adrenal gland to secrete adrenaline and cortisol, feel your blood pressure, respiration and heart rate increase, feel that jolt, it is not scary, it is not emotional, it is biological and chemical.
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Feel the extra blood pumped to the extremities, making us stronger, know that drugs have been launched to minimize blood loss, increase pain control, and maximize survival, a better chance to fight, flee, freeze or inside species, posture.
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Look at when a dog faced with a far more dominant dog will posture in a subservient behavior, to avoid conflict, defeat, harm, a pattern used to survive.
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PTSD is a disorder, our nervous system, the part tasked with defense is disordered and firing at delusional threats of the past, stored separately.
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We can use our fight or flight mechanism firing as energy for exercise, for physical achievement using aerobic exercise to exhaustion as a model.
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Back the ego away from the mechanism and notice there is nothing to fear, to be afraid of.
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It is our own body mechanism, not a stranger, not an enemy, not something to be suppressed or overcome, but embraced and cultivated.
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PTSD will implode on itself when this fear mechanism becomes a friend, my opinion and experience.
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If you can stay present during traumas most frightful moments, dissociation is unnecessary, PTSD can not play defense, it will collapse without touching another symptom.
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It is like competing in the World Series, from then on spring training or the regular season will never again be an issue.
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If you lose the emotional content connected to this body mechanism, the illusion and power of trauma fades quickly.
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You will heal, integrate these past implicit memories and step out of your prison.
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