Work Out

Kennemer Dunes Parallel Universe in 360°, today. Winter training ends here [ ten days rest ]

Above: The mind works along identical operative characteristics (is my experience) as the body does. Example. Trough vaccination the immune system is activated: "Vaccines are examples of antigens in an immunogenic form, which are intentionally administered to induce the memory function of adaptive immune system toward the antigens of the pathogen invading the recipient.¹" Mentally we benefit trough the deliberate activation and confrontation with subconscious material, and, as the Germans call it "durch-arbeiten" -- "to work out", and -- trough that process -- stimulate conscious "immunity" and endurance: raise hell, to raise consciousness. This is my personal experience during a life of training.

Min/max temperature: 5°C/11°C; humidity: 65%; precipitation: 0 mm; sea level pressure: 1019 hPa; wind: NW 19.3 km/h; visibility: 10.0 kilometres; Clouds: Few 1219 m., Mostly Cloudy 1432 m .; Moon: Waxing Gibbous, 99% illuminated.

"Exposure to deeply disturbing events is liable to produce long term effects as well as immediate reactions. […] A recovery phase of up to six months is considered to be within the normal bracket. Individuals showing prolonged disturbance and maladjustment extending beyond such a spell of time are ready candidates for a PTSD diagnosis. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a recognised psychiatric category. Its present status as a textbook disorder originates from its spectacular, in a sense epidemic incidence among Vietnam veterans. About a third of these veterans suffered from serious psychological problems even 20 years after the war. Their problems have been extensively examined. […] A person is classified as a PTSD victim if he or she was exposed to a traumatic incident in the past and is troubled by a cluster of symptoms which uncover a disturbed or incomplete coping process. In order to be able to live with a trauma […] it is necessary to proceed trough a number of stages. A final stage of integrating the experiences in the domain of personal growth can only be achieved after going trough an initial phase of disbelief and bewilderment, followed by a period of avoiding memories and associations interrupted by the painful and irresistible intrusion of flashbacks. PTSD is basically a state of being arrested in the latter stage where denial and overwhelming images and emotions alternate and the conflict between these tendencies debilitates and absorbs the individual to a degree which impedes a satisfying social or professional existence."

J. Extra in 'NL Arms', 'Dealing with Danger and Stress', edited by A.L.W. Vogelaar, K.F. Muusse, J.H. Rovers, page 159, first published in 1997 by RNMA, Breda, The Netherlands

After finishing Mark Divine's Unbeatable Mind Academy some time ago, -- being part of the network -- I recently received an invitation for a team/sponsor-participation to "Walk the Path of the Spartan 300, Where The Warrior’s Code Of Honor Was Born.²" Mark Divine continued in the invitation/announcement: "I am leading  [ a ] team of committed [ people ] to Greece on an 8-day ruck following the path that Spartan King Leonidas and his 300 warriors rucked to take on the invading Persian King Xerxes. Please consider joining us for this epic adventure, and simultaneously helping my new Courage Foundation heal victims of PTSD. The mission will commence on September 14th and end on the 23rd. This is not a race, but you will need to be in reasonable shape to avoid injury and thrive with the team. Each day will include Unbeatable Mind training before, during and after the event.[…] I can’t imagine a better way to challenge ourselves, serve warriors in need, and do some deep self-reflection on what it means to live a life of honor, discipline, courage, and commitment… like the Spartan 300.³"

For this trip the coming weeks we will start to raise funds. Take a look at the Courage Foundation website.


¹ "Antigen", From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

²  Mark Dvine, Email invitation, last Friday

³ Ibid