By Jose “Joe” Lopez, 473 Cavalry, 82nd Airborne Division (Retired)
After a 15-month deployment in northeast Afghanistan near where it borders Pakistan, it was finally time for me to go back home to Texas. My commanding officer told me to stay an extra three days because someone always gets injured right before a group goes back to the States. When I agreed, little did I know that this person would be me.
On the first of those three extra days, I’d already packed up all my gear. Most of the other guys were out on a mission and our base was almost deserted. I remembered that the Christmas packages had arrived late this year, as they usually do when you’re deployed overseas, and that this had left a giant pile of cardboard boxes. A guy in the nearby village usually collected our trash, but his truck was broken again. So I decided to take care of it. When I got to the motor pool, I found a private who offered to drive me into town to...
When an NFL player is concussed and suffers brain trauma on the field of play, we cringe, we mourn. We make Blockbusters about the scandalous effects of CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy) on the largest sports franchise in our country. Waves of national news, documentaries, and medical journals come out with findings. Carpool moms, sideline parents and coaches around the country all discuss the issue with downcast eyes. Are you going to let your child play football? What's going to happen to this sport we crave each fall?
The battles we crave in sports are playing out on the sidelines of our consciousness in war with very real consequences. But we are asleep at the collective remote.
Over 339,000* warriors are returning from the fields of battle in the Global War on Terrorism with traumatic brain injuries (TBI's) that are largely undiscussed. Another silent group of possibly hundreds of thousands more live with the damage of TBI's...
Dunking your entire body in a trough of freezing ice water in the middle of winter might seem like the last thing that would calm you down, but this new tool in my quiver is helping people find peace, power and some pretty funny dance moves to warm up.
Nobody likes being freezing. Each time I dunk I have a fit with myself over this whole new part of our training. I demean my husband for his tenacity and simple commitment to everything he does, for getting me into this mess*. I almost talk myself out of it each damn time. And then I don't because I want something. I want to have the best tools in the world to help people heal from chronic stress and pain; tools that empower them to take charge of their own wellbeing. And because this technique is clicking for me and everyone I'm sharing it with, I start my stopwatch and slide into the ice water to kick my lizard brain into gear.
The lizard brain is the part of your noggin that stores your experiences and teaches...
Hi Everyone, I just returned from the Lead With LOVE event at the Aspen Institute, and I took home some incredible things from this once-in-a-lifetime kind of event that I want to share with you.
The take-home message for me is that it's high time to integrate some spiritual truths into our leadership if we want to change the trajectory on the planet for the better.
Gina Murdock, Founder of the Aspen City of Wellbeing and this Lead With Love event quoted Rod Stryker who reminded her that when we say 'the time is now', it's actually 'later than you think'....this hit me in the solar plexus! It's TIME, friends. Time to lead with love and integrate the truths we need to shift and heal our world. The truths that were validated and landed in a deeper way for me:
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