David Scott is a US Navy Fleet Marine Corpsman(Medic), previously with 2nd Battalion 6th Marines Scout Sniper Platoon, and 4th Force Recon. Currently winding down my career and working on retiring. This is a stressful, nerve racking, happy, and jump for joy time in his life. His interests include all things stationery, calligraphy, all types of art, traveling, water sports, the great outdoors, yoga, and spirituality.
I was told recently if you have one foot in the past, and one foot in the future, well then its not possible for you to be grounded in the present. With no base how can you have any idea who you are. That’s where my journal comes in, the physical action of pen to paper forces my thinking brain into the present moment. Mindfulness practice and mindfulness journaling has changed my life and the fate of my family line forever. In a worst case scenario my reptile brain(brain stem) or limbic brain(fight, flight, or freeze)takes over. By using my emotions and mindfulness through journalism my brain is forced to kick over to my frontal cortex. By creating and reinforcing such an amazing functional coping skill. Versus anger reactions and obsessive perfectionism. Or to my other extreme isolation, addictive behaviors, and disassociating both non functional behaviors I use so I don’t feel. I am becoming more mindful and emotionally intelligent every time i journal, sketch make a to-do list, and write down all I’m thankful for at this moment.
Another key skill I’ve had to learn is making sure to experience all emotions when I journal. If I don’t know what pain, shame, or guilt even feels like. Can I experience true love, real happiness, and complete joy? In my personal journey I completely believe no, I had to get help and learn about all eight basic emotions and really feel them and also learn real world coping skills. One of which was journaling and writing reinforced during an intense six week PTSD/ trauma inpatient in Arizona, The Meadows. The hardest thing for me at inpatient was the thought of the infantry Marines I know that didn’t get inpatient treatment or any for that matter and are no longer with us today, writing a difficult journal entry to guilt helped me overcome this burden. I can say I’m a brand new man today, I take life a day at a time, and it feels so great to be a functional adult MOST of the time. Journaling has changed my life with more clarity, balance, compassion, and love then I thought possible.
So I guess my question for you is can you afford not to take a step back and take some moments for yourself to reconnect and ground yourself? To feel all emotions; so you can truly feel joy, compassion, and love, to your personal limits. 2015 is full of non stop information and technology coming at you twenty four hours a day, is not the best knowledge already in your heart? I hope you find your answers, it’s truly an amazing and never ending journey. To my fellow veterans and veterans families, Happy 4th of July!You have all as a family served our country where others would not or could not. Many of you were put in the worst of the fighting many times. May you have health of mind and body, and please reach out in times of need. There are so many real resources out there for you, and don’t forget to check on your battle buddies now as you did before a combat patrol, snap vehicle collection point, or early morning zero dark thirty physical training.
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