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Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Zen and the Art of Political Insurrection

Greetings Me Droogs N Droogettes!
So the past few days around the La Casa de Gran Pais (thank you to Carmen, our new Spanish neighbor) things have been a might -hectic- AF.  Work, boozing (too much) and focus and comms with LOTS of folks about the Solidary concept/movement.  
So much so that I had my usual meeting with my P-Shrink who told me flat out that I needed to 're-center' like I did back when my life first spun out of control when the divorce first kicked off.

Which is part and parcel of the problem(s) we all are apparently having.
Lots of -stressors-
Too much information
So much to do
So little time
All of which tend to 'put the spin' on ye olde mental a bit too much.  And it's apparent out there in the bleggosphere.  Lots of frustration at having ye olde hands tied so to speak.  We've been pretty well rooked and rounded up.  It was the classic "pig trap".  And we fell for it.  The majority of us have too much to lose, and don't want to necessarily rock the boat.  For those unfamiliar with the "Pig Trap" the blegg 'Taxicab Depression' (who unfortunately disappeared/ended in 2018.. dude was brilliant).  His story, MOR pertinent NOW than ever before:

And from that, in AUGUST of 2014 He wrote:

“These people are playing with matches… I don’t think they understand the scope and scale of the wildfire they are flirting with. They are fucking around with a civil war that could last a decade and cause millions of deaths… and the sad truth is that 95% of the problems we have in this country could be solved tomorrow, by noon… simply by dragging 100 people out in the street and shooting them in the fucking head.”

That... right there, from one of his passengers, a 22 year Marine Corp Officer (retired).  Since then?  5 years later, with retrospect, it's a damned shame no one stepped up and took those shots.  

So, the pig trap was used to gain our trust.  Erected slowly over time... we didn't even realize it.  So, now?  We're at square one.  Hopefully we can do something.  I already (much tot he annoyance of HR) changed the W-4.  One small step Aye?

But, I've been getting stressed.  So, I'm re-centering.  Re-reading my books on Shinto and Zen.  Great books... I've always had a fascination with Japan, the country, the group/individualist way of life, the sense of Duty, Honor... being a soldier one can't help but have an affinity for it all.  By no means do I go full retard on it, but the meditation, incense and whatnot, well, it helped me in the darkest days I had.  Not to disparage my Catholic roots, but when I went down to the Church, they were z-e-r-o help.  I had to self-discover what worked for me.  The whole 'praying to Jehovah/Jesus' didn't give me the mellow in the head and heart.  I know a lot of y'all tell me to go the whole 'Christianity route' and hey, if'n it works for you, great.  My faith sort of got really -hit- when it came out the Priest who married me go-around #1 turned out to be a prolific kid-diddler.  That really bothered the fuck out of me.  Especially since he literally put me through fiery hoops to get married in the Catholic Church.  Fucker caused me so much heartburn I almost backed out.  It took the 3 Corps Command-Chaplain (who was a Bishop) to crush this fuckers nuts and stop fucking around with me.  Pre-cana classes... all this shit... I'm fucking deployed you asshole. 

So, then as we were getting ready to have the Baptism of Spawn #2, gee, all of a sudden, out comes Father Creepy getting perp-walked out of our church.  Yep.  Game over man.  Then we tried to re-connect here with the Church in the Tampa Area, but after the third time the collections baskets went around?  Three times?  "One for the church, One for 'missions' and one for 'the poor'" which none of which I ever saw going around, and then the Missions?  Always seemed to be going to Costa Rica... hmmmn funny that, 'cos NOW I had some experience with that Area of Operations, and knew that these 'missions' were member-financed vacations for the 'Elders' and the fams and Priests...  Bastards.  The -absolute- finisher was when they started handing it out for a 4th time!  To build a new church...

So I'm re-centering on my own in my own way.  I'm just going to try and de-stress.  I also got good news today in the form of a Medication showing up from the VA.  I've been trying to lose weight for years, but the health issues, flat out, I need an 'assist' and to get that assist I had to AGAIN jump through the fiery hoops the put in front of me.  not sure where the myth of the VA being 'fast and loose' with the scripts.... what a bunch of shytte that is.  Takes me months, if not years to -prove- I need the shit that I need.  In this case, it's been an 8 month slog.  Dieticians, "MOVE" program (an exercise and diet program) all sorts of stuff.  They, again finally admitted defeat and 'scripted me the meds I already knew I needed.  I mean sheesh... I know me own carcass better than some witch-doctor knows it... been riding in this meat-sack for 50+ years and am pretty familiar with the handling and feeding of it.  Back in Iraq when I lost ALL sorts of crazy weight, the assist was Phentermine.  I could get it in the Middle East, no script.  Helped out immensely.  Kept it off too, up until the X started intentionally sabotaging me, but anywho, time to get back on the full diet train now.  Which is part of my centering plan.

I want to get back to lean and mean, sooner rather than later, and getting my Zen Back is going to help out quite a bit if I have any say in it.
The Daily Lama on Blab  is fantastic for his memes and Zen appropriate approaches to the scamdemic.  From my understanding the guy lives in Kyoto, and is an American Expat there.  he's got a lot of good stuff, and his simplistic graphics which are great.

What I'm trying to get across in my meandering way is that you need to find your center

Being willy-nilly spread all over the place keeps you from being able to focus and prioritize.  Make sure you center, as it's going to be necessary.  Make a list.  Plan to do at least ONE critical thing a week.  And then, One Critical, and THREE necessary items.  Don't overdo it.  Start off with the one.  Set the goal, and work on it.  Literally give yourself the time to plan and execute, and then get it done.  Be timely.  Insure you get it done.  Set the expectation, and even go as far as to plan a reward for the work.

Good dog, here's a biscuit.

Everyone can keep harping on "PT! PT! PT!" or "Buy MOR gear/food/stockpile! stockpile! stockpile!"... "Practice your shew'tin!!!"  All the usual 'getting ready for a shit-hitting-the-fan' scenario...   These are all valid points... completely legit, and Yeah, you need to do that.


Don't forget the brain man.
Take time to coddle the grey matter.
Redlining mentally 24-7 is going to fry you faster than anything else.
Me?  This weekend I'ma unplugging, and headed to a Spring to go tubing down a river with Wifey.
Should be good to recharge.
It's a critical necessity that you NEED to include in your daily operations.
Head on A Swivel
Be the Gray Man
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  1. Mongo,
    I grok it, I have been like a frog in a microwave on defrost since March 2020.
    I have also made some changes to help myself recently.
    Thank you for your blog.

  2. Good advice BC. My grey matter was a ticking time-bomb 18 months ago. Starting surfing again after a long absence and getting behind the drum kit with more regularity. I feel like new man now, and much more mentally ready for the freight train headed our way.

    I dont care who you are or how "hardened" you are, everyone needs to recharge every now and again.

    Kudos to you for taking care of yourself AND being man enough to share it with your readers.

  3. OT I think you should watch these.

  4. I really think the mental toughness might be more important than the physical toughness.

    As for the faith thing, way too many people conflate faith in God/gods with faith in organized religion and the two have little to do with one another. Find your own way and stay away from those who always are sticking the offering plate in your face.

    1. What Arthur said. Plus:

      Remember that organized religion is an institution of man - who is a highly fallible creature. As an adult convert to Roman Catholicism, I've had to come to terms with the fact that there are far too many pedo's in the hierarchy. Remember that the BODY of the church - the PEOPLE that are actually trying to live the faith - are a good thing, and a blessing. Don't lose the value of the message over some scummy messengers that are probably on enough 'accountability lists' that they shouldn't be a problem forever...

      I feel the overload too - and hope that you find a way to decompress/re-center yourself enough on an ongoing basis to carry on, as this isn't likely to be an overnight affair. Even if we don't fight ourselves back to the bronze age, it'll take time to 'rebuild' w/o all the corruptions that have crept in over time. Fortunately, we have a good draft that was known to work until the busybodies/corrupt-o-crats started trying to 'tweak' it to achieve 'heaven on earth'/utopia. We're all human, and imperfect - and are not going to be perfectible via government intervention. We have to roll back the changes that ignored that critical fact - and put in safeguards against it happening again.

  5. Try Hemisync, Guided Meditation. On youtube free or buy it from The Monroe Institute. The Gateway Experience is a goodie. Plus, The Monroe Institute offers 10 to 30 minute freebees on YT. Do look up Robert Monroe. If it's good enough for the Sea I Yay, it must work. I still decompress to it on the regs. Use headphones. Breathing techniques included. Ohio Guy

    1. I dunno I actually tried that stuff years ago. All I got was an hour of electronic noise in my ears.

  6. BC, I'm totally with you about trying to de-stress. I can't listen to political talk radio anymore because I get so pissed that I want to put my fist through the wall and my blood pressure skyrockets. Any of us dropping dead or stroking out helps no one. It is so important to take care of yourself in these trying times and to try and focus on what is really important and cut through all of the BS.

    Remember that the Left (along with their pals in the mainstream media) is actively pushing the “Cloward-Piven Strategy” where you are overwhelmed with crisis after crisis and you don't know how to react or what to do.
    As they say on the airplane, in an emergency put your own mask on first and then help others. Well take care of yourself first and then you can help others.

  7. ORGANIZED Religion, Carlin. The religion part starts at 7:40. Entertaining.

  8. We've all been stressing, trying to figure when the light will go green for nearly a couple years now. It does have an affect on the mind and the body to stay on the edge for that long. I, too, have backed away from talk radio. I don't watch televised news for the same reason; it pisses me off to hear the constant lies. I get my news from the web, multiple sources, and try to parse the truth as best I can then plan from that. My broken old body is as fit as it's going to be, but that's not saying a lot. Logistically, I'm prepared to the extent I think I will last when shit goes sideways. Mentally, I am prepared to do what needs to be done. No matter what I will need to do, I will do it as ruthlessly as I can. To paraphrase Doc Holliday, we won't be looking for vengeance; we'll be looking for a reckoning.

    Thanks to you , BC, we'll all be a little more knowledgeable, and a little more relaxed from your humor.
    Take care of yourself as much as you "take care" of us.

  9. I tap.
    I use Emotional Freedom Technique on everything.
    If I do not know what to tap about, I tap on "Although I do not know what to tap about..."
    Here is long-time facilitator Brad Yates.
    This is one of hundreds of tapping videos:

  10. BC~ Removing stress and the causes from your life works wonders. I went from taking six medications down to only one as needed within a week of getting laid off from a job of over 10 years. The one grace that did occur was that once my clients found out I was gone, the Contracts I handled were not renewed. $40 mil gone from the income side of the balance sheet. Karma does have a rather wry sense of humor and here is to the wryness paying a visit to those who are not worthy and need a few rather pointed lessons in their collective lives.

    Be well. Be safe. Red

  11. Get off the sauce. Find something that you can zen-focus on that's not prep/war/insurgency related.

    Some people do it with model trains, or painting war figures or even (ick) gardening. Something not-related to the coming doom cycle.

    And focus on that.

    And and... it must be something you really enjoy. Really really enjoy. Something that can drag your overactive mind away from things. And thus allow you to enter into a zen state over it.

    As to the Catholic Church, I still consider myself Catholic. Most of the Church, especially the leadership? Not so much at all. Fucking Lavender Mafia (the upper clergy who are gay as fuck and using church resources to be gay as fuck.) Fuck them all.

  12. Walked out the door in 2002 and never looked back. No one will ever refund your time or your health. Braverman. Edge Effect. Brilliant book. Make copies of the worksheets and work through them. Best stuff I found to rebalance the ol' upstairs blender.

  13. Yup. Control what goes in to the brain to control what comes out.

  14. Sounds like the doom and gloom is getting to everyone. I'm sitting on 40 plus pounds of cannabis at 21% THC. Not stressed one bit. 4 more weeks and the money starts rolling in. Get a job you like, get out of the house and away from the fucking fear porn. Can't stop what's coming anyway. If it makes it here at all. Go live and quit waiting for it all to fall apart so you can get your gun on again. Jes sayin.

  15. Turning off talk radio, podcasts, network news, TV in general does wonders. Reading blogs used to piss me off as well but I worked on and got centered pretty well and utilize them for information so I can discern for myself.

    I am a documentary junkie and take those with a grain of salt but knowing history is more important than I knew when I started that. Reading books is the best thing, but you have to remind yourself this information is from the authors perspective and may not be completely correct.

    Be well BC safe travels on this journey
    He never gives us more than we can handle