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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Para-Sympathetic side of a Modern Warrior Ethos

So from last week we are tentatively agreed that there might be an everlasting aspect of each of us called soul.

If there is a soul it would experience the non permanent aspects of life through the mind and the body. The mind and the body influence the world, are influence by the world, and can be influenced by each other.

The back and forth between mind and body is the Central Nervous System.

Think of S side and P side as two different worlds.

World S sizzles.

World P is peaceful.

The P side facilitates, among other things, two things that, according to yesterday's clerk at the gas station, can make the difference between a good life and a bad one: Elimination and Sleep.

According to him, you do both of these well and the rest of your life will fall into place.

Based on my history with sleep and the importance of my morning routine I'm inclined to agree.

Now, your central nervous system doesn't interact in a simple kinda way.

I think the best way to
non-scientifically describe
the way your CNS
is influenced by
the MindBody

Taoists call it chi, yogis call it prana, don't matter, this stuff is essential.

The behavior of your CNS will influence every aspect of your experience with life.

Much training exists on the S side of the nervous system. Fight or flight baby!

However, a growing number of organization are now training the P Side.

Military styled organizations like are integrating things like mindfulness and meditation into training.

Civilian organizations like The Give Back Yoga are certifying yoga teachers to work with veterans transitioning back to civilian lifestyles.

All this to say that the jury is no longer out on whether or not these modalities help.

The verdict is in, Parasympathetic training works and is necessary to help warriors, veterans, first responders, their families, and their friends armor down after deployments, careers, lifestyles or lifetimes under armor.

I'll get off my soap box now and get to something more practical.

All these techniques teach different methods
.....for taming
.......then training

The MindBody to either;

armor down completely


more efficiently manage
up-armored situation/jobs/lifestyles.

What the practitioners of these methods have learned well enough to teach is that the central nervous system can be coaxed into calming down through mental and physical techniques.

There is a lifetime worth of techniques out there to learn as you evolve but here is a method that I call

No Pain No Gain Self-Myofascial-Release Mindfulness Training

Or Rolling.

Now get yourself any length of PVC pipe and check out this video.

The two fundamentals of mindfulness are the ability to sense sensation and the wherewithal to influence/manage/mitigate what is there.

Rolling offers the ability to practice both fundamentals within the context of a no pain no gain mindset.

Perhaps you have wanted to try P side training but aren't ready for yoga or meditation. Get a PVC pipe and roll on it. First notice sensation, then your ability to influence it.

Remember, we might be 3 part beings. One part of us might last forever, the other two are in a constant state of change, but not completely outside of our influence.

Making P side training part of a modern warrior ethos is important for warriors fighting now, and those transitioning. More than that, its important for this generation of warriors to make sure future generations understand P side training as a normal part of the warrior skill set.

This post was guided by the 68th stanza of the Art of Peace, a book written by Morihei Ueshiba
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