Mindfulness Project

Goerling

The result of a photo shoot with the folks at Mindful.org and the new magazine Mindful. Please see http://www.mindful.org for more information on mindfulness.

Mindfulness is the foundation of police officer resilience. This state of mind, honed through a practice of meditation, nurtures self-awareness, emotion regulation (emotional and social intelligence) and empathy. On the tactical side, mindfulness nurtures (read: improves) situational awareness and cognitive performance under acute stress. Current evidence-based research is demonstrating what human contemplative traditions have been quietly teaching for generations.

Bottom line: hit the yoga mat and explore how yoga and meditation can help you be well, and give you an edge on your watch!

A few links for your own exploration:

http://www.umassmed.edu/cfm

http://health.ucsd.edu/specialties/mindfulness

http://marc.ucla.edu

About Richard Goerling
Thank you for visiting my blog! My goal is to create a place that allows us to learn from each other, support our first responders, and, perhaps, find ways to facilitate human sustainability and cultural evolution in public safety. My expertise is in policing, yet we share similar occupational stressors, experiences, cultural attitudes and behaviors with our friends and colleagues in the fire service, at the dispatch centers, and in the field and emergency departments with our medics, nurses and doctors. Trauma bonds us. It goes without saying that all of this is relevant for our brothers and sisters serving in the military. I've learned most of what I know about stress management from these great warriors. Let us learn from each other. This blog will explore that trauma bond. We'll look at the work of authors, professors, journalists, and other subject matter experts in diverse disciplines in an effort to improve the resilience (wellness, health, attitude, motivation, etc.) of our first responders. Join us here in the dialogue and let's work together to make a difference, one conversation at a time. Peace.

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