“Yoga training may have helped Hillsboro cops in deadly shooting”

Local News Story About Mindfulness and Policing

This headline captures my vision. A few thoughts- We may never know the extent of the impact of mindfulness training in this incident, however, it may well have had a measurable impact for several officers on scene who’ve been trained in mindfulness. While a headline like this is exciting, it leads to all manner of conclusions and reactions, some supportive, some not. People respond from their own suffering, often raw and real. There is no pixie dust in this training…much scientific evidence suggests that cognitive performance under acute stress is improved with a practice of mindfulness. And, this isn’t new. Mindfulness has been with our warrior traditions for thousands of years. Simply, we reach back into history to lead forward. What we are doing with mindfulness is building pre-trauma resilience skills in police officers. Something leaders in this industry have failed to do for decades. The impact of pre-trauma resilience training can’t be overstated. This won’t be the last mention of mindfulness training in police work. I hope our communities follow this training and find a way to lead positive change from the outside-in. Peace

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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