From Israel with Love,
Israeli warplanes struck areas of Syria, as they targeted a shipment of highly accurate, Iranian-made guided that was bound for Lebanon’s Hezbollah militant group.
Syria’s government called the attacks against its territory a “flagrant violation of international law” that have made the Middle East “more dangerous.”Israel has every right to protect themselves, just as we do. The timing was not perfect, of course. But, it is what it is. Syria has been told many times about their weapons of mass destruction.
Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi from Damascus claimed the Israeli strikes are evidence of the Jewish state’s links with Islamic extremist groups trying to overthrow President Bashar Assad’s regime.
However, I am not shocked about the recent events in the past few weeks after interviewing the military, snipers and a few from the IDF, hearing the stories first hand, even the day before the first strike.
My good friend and anti-terrorist intelligence source said, “It has been like the chugging `climb to the top (and stillclimbing) of the first insane drop on a roller coaster ride.”
I spoke with him this morning to see if they were ok, and to let them know they were in our prayers. We had just spoken last week about this very thing, but had thought that the conflagration might wait until after the election in Iran.
He said, “I am no longer sure. Syria’s Assad cannot allow many more slaps-in-the-face from Israel, one in January, now two more this past Friday and this again morning.”
In a very low and tired voice this morning, he stated, “I simply continue to refine my web gear and the rest of what I must carry so that it is as light as possible. I find I am waking up in the early morning hours with a fresh thought about what I can leave behind and what I’ve forgotten that I must now take with me.”
SHOOTING IN THE NOW
Lets talk about training in more of a meditative state. Is there such a thing, as firearm drills in the now. Well, we try to live our lives in the now, why not train in the now. And don’t get me wrong, realistic training is my favorite. But, there is always room for improvement and change.
My drills this month have been very different and I have to say, quite effective. The progress is really showing, in more ways than one.
As most of you that shoot, know and will practice the Par Drill and basic speed draw and of course different reload drills. At the range, you have a lot of loud noisy around you and this helps you not to think about what you are doing and eliminating the stress and tension in the body as you practice. Same as with any practice sport, you will crank up the music and it takes away for thinking about the task at hand.
What we don’t realize is that just like golf or anything else, repetition is extremely important, but at the same time, practicing incorrectly can cause really bad habits that are hard to break. A good friend of mine and expert firearms instructor, Ken Nelson, as well as, owner of one of the top firearm schools in the nation, Tactical Performance Center
has preached this many times. As a new shooter even up to advanced levels, we know the importance of the fundamentals. If we are just constantly moving through the motions, are we really achieving excellence? Even breaking down the basic draw into 4 to 6 reference points you don’t fully achieve the awareness of the movements.
We need to understand how an exercise or drill like this helps us become more aware. Becoming aware we start to uncover the layers of mis information. We uncover these layers by paying attention to subtleties. So, not only breaking this drill into 4 steps, but holding each step for a few minutes will make us aware of what our bodies are actually doing at that moment in time. At that moment, is the now.
I want to really emphasized the importance of how we process stress and, how it effects our body. Understanding stress is the universal law of energy: energy flows along the path of least resistance, as we all know, yet tend to forget, all to often. We know that energy moves toward what is easiest. So why not align ourselves in what we do.
Most of us tend to motivate toward what is easiest for achieving the end result. It focuses on the comfort that we will experience when we achieve that end result. It’s focused on fast, to get to the end fast; and loud, to create distractions for the mind so we don’t experience as much stress doing it. But when doing this, you don’t find the minute things that can take you from good to perfection.
If you ever watch a video of yourself at a match or any stressful situation. You will notice how our body will tense up and contract. I know I’ve looked back, and can see my shoulders rise and elbows lock.
What we need to do Is notice the subtlety of our breath. Is it deep, continuous, and regular? Under stress it will become shallow and irregular. Then we notice subtle tension in our muscles. Are we holding any unneeded tension? We notice our posture. Is it contracting, arms getting stiff, shoulders rising or dropping, elbows locking? Our legs, knees, etc., so we make subtle adjustments to hold the pose correctly.
The muscles will contract again when we’re stressed or from just the stress of tension holding the pose. The breath will become more shallow, muscles will tense, and our posture will slowly change. These are layers covering up our awareness. All of our attention is needed to notice subtle contractions so we can redirect our attention to proper breathing, relaxing, and body posture. Once we can achieve this, everything else comes natural and the flow returns.
A few of the things I have been doing is first, speed drills broken down into 4 points. Take each four steps and hold that pose for 2 minutes, taking breaks of course between each one. Make sure you set up a video camera. I use Coaches Eye. It allows me to store each video, edit and re-play in slow motion to see every body movement. I want to see what happens to my body as I hold each of these poses. What tenses up first, is my body in the correct position, legs, feet, knees, shoulders, grip, arms, etc. feel your body, in the now. Breath, and really feel the now of each muscle. What do you feel?
I have been doing this everyday now for about the last 30 days, filming every session and I am amazed at the improvement not only physically, but mentally.
I hope you will give this a try over the next month. I would love to hear your feedback and as always stay safe and carry on. I’ve been doing meditation and yoga for over 20 years, but doing it with SIRT, brought it to a whole new level.
Winter storms are rare here in the Metro Atlanta area, but when they do hit, how do we deal with them? Yesterday the snow started around 10:30 in areas across Atlanta. The weather was in the 60’s just a few days before. Monday night I received an alert from the national weather indicating a major winter storm watch for our area, beginning Wednesday morning, after tracking the radar most of the night, you could see the storm was coming in early and going to hit hard. Thankfully, most of Fayette County took heed and closed businesses and schools, unlike other areas, such as Atlanta.
Now the mayor of Atlanta is saying the best hope we can get is warm weather, but today will not get much about freezing. The strong winter storm is a rarity for one of U.S.’s most congested cities.
How do we better prepare ourselves and family for these kind of events. What we need to remember is a storm or disaster or even an accident can happen anytime, anywhere.
One basic essential should always be an emergency supply kit for the home and car. And, if you can a one day bug out bag. Something, I made for all of my children.
What goes in an emergency supply kit? I will start with what you should keep in your vehicle. This is so critical. I can’t stress enough how these two simple kits can save your life.
This kit should include:
- Jumper cables
- Flashlights and extra batteries
- First aid kit and necessary medications in case you are away from home for a prolonged time
- Food items containing protein such as nuts and energy bars; canned fruit and a portable can opener
- Water for each person and pet in your car
- AM/FM radio to listen to traffic reports and emergency messages
- Cat litter or sand for better tire traction
- Ice scraper
- Warm clothes, gloves, hat, sturdy boots, jacket and an extra change of clothes
- Blankets or sleeping bags
- A fully-charged cell phone and phone charger
- Flares or reflective triangle
- Baby formula and diapers if you have a small child
Be prepared for an emergency by keeping your gas tank full and if you find yourself stranded, be safe and stay in your car, put on your flashers, call for help and wait until it arrives.
You may say, we don’t have storms that often. Ask yourself is $50-$100 in a kit that stays in my car and last season after season, worth it? Remember these kits are also for any emergency, like disasters, storms, accidents, etc. Don’t be a victim. Be prepared.
A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:
- Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
- Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both. Yes, we also have alerts on our phone, but in some cases, the phone will not work
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First aid kit (I will list general items for it below)
- Whistle to signal for help (Very Important) Make sure every family member has one when walking or doing any outdoor adventures)
- Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Manual can opener for food
- Local maps
- Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
- First Aid Kit
- Supplies for Unique Needs
Once you have gathered the supplies for a basic emergency kit, you may want to consider adding the following items:
- Prescription medications and glasses
- Infant formula and diapers if you have kids
- Pet food and extra water for your pet
- Cash or traveler’s checks and change ( remember in major storms or disasters, banks, ATM’s will not be available and could be down for days to weeks)
- Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container.
- Emergency reference material such as a first aid book or free information from this web site. They make these in apps or you can pick up for only a few dollars on Amazon
- Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person. Consider additional bedding if you live in a cold-weather climate. (Always keep blankets in your car in the winter)
- Complete change of clothing including a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes. Consider additional clothing if you live in a cold-weather climate.
- Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper – When diluted, nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
- Fire extinguisher
- Matches in a waterproof container
- Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
- Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
- Paper and pencil
- Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children
In any emergency a family member or you yourself may suffer an injury. If you have these basic first aid supplies you are better prepared to help your loved ones when they are hurt.
Now for your First Aid Kit (First Aid Kits such as this can easily be may for under $20. Most of these things you will already have.
Knowing how to treat minor injuries can make a difference in an emergency. You may consider taking a first aid class, but simply having the following things can help you stop bleeding, prevent infection and assist in decontamination.
- Two pairs of Latex or other sterile gloves if you are allergic to Latex
- Sterile dressings to stop bleeding
- Cleansing agent/soap and antibiotic towelettes
- Antibiotic ointment
- Burn ointment
- Adhesive bandages in a variety of sizes
- Eye wash solution to flush the eyes or as general decontaminant
- Prescription medications you take every day such as insulin, heart medicine and asthma inhalers. You should periodically rotate medicines to account for expiration dates.
- Prescribed medical supplies such as glucose and blood pressure monitoring equipment and supplies
- Aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever
- Anti-diarrhea medication
Other first aid supplies:
- Tube of petroleum jelly or other lubricant
These are simple life saving kits. Another thing everyone should make is an emergency plan, that includes numbers of loved ones, in state and out of state. Locations to meet in case of disaster, such as a local place to meet close to your house, one in the county and one that is about 3-6 hours away. Remember, in some disasters, the local phone system may not be operational. So having a contact out of state, that all the family knows is a good idea.
Stay Safe and Be Prepared,
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