This blog is dedicated to service members and veterans who, like me, never realized the implications of their military training. The military taught us how to Armor Up for war, this blog can help you Armor Down to thrive as a civilian.
Tuesday, May 9, 2023
Monday, May 8, 2023
Discover the Path to Inner Peace and Resilience with Armordown: A Message for Veterans
Greetings, fellow veterans!
As many of you know, transitioning back to civilian life after serving in the military can be challenging, both mentally and physically. We've all faced our unique set of obstacles and experienced the lingering effects of our time in service. One practice that can help us navigate this journey is Armordown, a mindful approach to well-being that focuses on physical, mental, and emotional resilience.
To inspire and encourage you, I'd like to share two powerful stanzas from the Art of Peace that can serve as a foundation for our Armordown practice:
53. The totally awakened warrior can freely utilize all elements contained in heaven and earth. The true warrior learns how to correctly perceive the activity of the universe and how to transform martial techniques into vehicles of purity, goodness, and beauty. A warrior's mind and body must be permeated with enlightened wisdom and deep calm.
74. Be grateful even for hardship, setbacks, and bad people. Dealing with such obstacles is an essential part of training in the Art of Peace.
These stanzas emphasize the importance of self-awareness, mental clarity, and gratitude in our lives as veterans. By regularly practicing Armordown, we can develop a deeper understanding of ourselves and the world around us, transforming our past experiences and acquired skills into tools for personal growth and inner peace.
Armordown encourages us to embrace the following principles:
Mindfulness: Cultivate awareness of our thoughts, emotions, and bodily sensations. This practice allows us to recognize our triggers and respond to stressors in healthier ways.
Physical Fitness: Engage in regular exercise and movement to build strength, flexibility, and endurance. This not only improves our physical well-being but also supports mental and emotional health.
Connection: Foster supportive relationships with fellow veterans and our community. By connecting with others, we can share our experiences, learn from one another, and build a network of understanding and compassion.
Gratitude: Focus on the positive aspects of our lives and appreciate the lessons we've learned, even from the most challenging situations. This mindset helps us cultivate resilience and find meaning in our experiences.
By integrating these principles into our daily lives, we can create a solid foundation for personal growth, inner peace, and overall well-being. Armordown is not just about finding solace in the present moment but also about envisioning a brighter future for ourselves and our loved ones.
So, to all my fellow veterans, I encourage you to embark on this journey of self-discovery and healing with Armordown. Together, we can transform our challenges into opportunities for growth and create a more peaceful, fulfilling life.
Friday, May 5, 2023
A Veteran's Playful Guide to Armor Down and Open Your Heart without Lady Alcohol 🍺💂🏼♂️❤️
Greetings, fellow readers! As a seasoned veteran with multiple tours behind me, I'm here to share my tale how I learned to armor down, let go of my relationship with Lady Alcohol, and open my heart to healthier ways of managing stress.
Picture this: you've had a long day of dodging bullets, making life-or-death decisions, and trying to stay alive while keeping your comrades safe. You come back to base and are tempted by the embrace of Lady Alcohol, who seems to offer a way to armor down and escape from the chaos. But she's a fickle mistress who leaves you feeling more lost and confused in the long run.
I've had many a rendezvous with Lady Alcohol, but eventually, I realized the importance of finding and cultivating other ways to armor down and open my heart. You see, it could be one thing or a whole bunch of other things that work for you. But the goal is to find what helps you not only armor down but to continue armoring down and opening your heart because that's really where the good stuff is, not with that sweet poison.
So, after parting ways with Lady Alcohol, I set out on a journey to discover alternative methods for armoring down and opening my heart. Here are some of my top picks that have helped me:
Meditation: A wonderful way to armor down, meditation teaches you to let go, quiet your mind, and open your heart. It's an everyday practice that can bring long-term benefits. 🧘
Exercise: Physical activity can help you armor down by releasing endorphins and providing an outlet for pent-up stress. Plus, it's a fantastic way to stay fit and ready for your next mission. 💪
Creative outlets: Engaging in artistic endeavors is an excellent way to armor down and express your emotions. Whether it's painting, playing an instrument, or writing, find a creative outlet that resonates with you. 🎨🎸📝
Talk it out: Sometimes, the best way to armor down is to share your worries with someone you trust. Opening up to a friend or a professional can help you process your feelings and find solutions. 👥
Practice self-care: Prioritizing self-care allows you to armor down and recharge your batteries. Make time for relaxation, hobbies, and activities that bring you joy. 🛀🍵
In conclusion, while Lady Alcohol might seem like a tempting way to armor down, it's essential to find healthier alternatives that help you let go of stress, open your heart, and ultimately lead a more fulfilling life.
Stay safe, fellow heroes, and remember: armoring down and opening your heart is the key to a happier, healthier life. Cheers to discovering and cultivating what truly works for you! 🥂✌️❤️
Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Armor Down donates 10 Meditation Cushions to Warrior Surf
Monday, June 3, 2019
A Bridge Project
Even after Mindful Memorial Day was over I continued to use the flag to bring people together and reinforce the basic message that we are all responsible for our freedoms.
Sunday, January 20, 2019
Are you Mindful of the Dad you want to be?
Thursday, May 22, 2014
114 Weeks of The Art of Peace
This blog represents a complete Art of Peace, Practice.
For the last 114 weeks I have studied each of the stanzas by making it and a picture the wallpaper of my iPad. Reading and re-reading each stanza influenced my thoughts and each Thursday I wrote whatever showed up.
I choose not to plan, outline, fret over, or worry about any format or proper presentation. That does not mean I wasn't respectful of sharper topics, it just means that I didn't worry about perfect grammatical presentation. For me this was a big deal.
I encourage you to create your own 114 week practice. Do it however you want. Create 114 poems, words, phrases, whatever.
My life has fundamentally evolved in ways that were unimaginable to me 114 weeks ago.
Here is the PDF of the ART OF PEACE.
Thank you, O'Sensei.
Thank You, Reader.