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The Mindful Officer: Mindfulness-Based Therapy for PTSD

Jul 11, 2017 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership
By: Shawn Perron

One of the many things law enforcement shares with our military veterans who serve (or have served) is a propensity for chronic stress, fatigue, and depression. Many of these often fall under the umbrella of PTSD. Many current studies and medical journals routinely report how mindfulness-based therapies often outperform some of the more standard interventions and active treatments. One such study compared patient-centered group therapies with m... Full Article »

The Mindful Officer: The Mind-Body

Apr 17, 2017 in Fitness & Health & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By: Shawn Perron

We have been taught from the earliest to make every effort to avoid, deny, and even escape any feelings or emotions that we label as unpleasant. Modern conveniences make this easier—smartphones, intoxicants, food and drink, earbuds, entertainment, etc.—and some of us get very good at ignoring or avoiding feelings such as pain, guilt, sadness, anger, anxiety, and fear. I mean, who wants to feel any of those things? Hell, it’s why they’re c... Full Article »

The Mindful Officer: Take a Deep Breath …

Feb 17, 2017 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By: Shawn Perron

In last several articles we’ve learned about the myriad benefits of mindfulness techniques for any first responder (here, here, and here, for example). The foundational anchor for mindfulness is breathing. Even just a single breath can improve your situational awareness, lessen the impact of your body's stress response, and provide an increased sense of calm. So let's put all that together in relationship to how this can effect our daily w... Full Article »

The Mindful Officer: Mindfulness & Law Enforcement?

Dec 15, 2016 in Fitness & Health & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By: Shawn Perron

Case Western Reserve University has some of the latest information on comprehensive mindfulness research. Mindfulness programs are being implemented into corporate culture, business and management education, and gaining ground among scientifically and medically minded people. The U.S. armed forces is on board too. That’s right: Even the USMC and Army are now using mindfulness to improve workplace functioning, as well as mindfulness-based stress... Full Article »

The Mindful Officer: Cultivating the “Beginner’s Mind”

Nov 28, 2016 in Fitness & Health & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By: Shawn Perron

For more than 2,000 years Zen teachers and their students have used a “beginner's mind” approach in living peacefully and, at times, in training for battle or combat. Beginners mind—or “shoshin,” as it is called by Zen Buddhist practitioners—teaches or trains one to negotiate life with an attitude of open-mindedness, curiosity, and without preconceived ideas or thoughts. For samurais and modern fencing students “beginner's mind” ... Full Article »

The Mindful Officer: Facing Grief

Oct 06, 2016 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By: Shawn Perron

Law enforcement is accustomed to grief on a daily basis. We grieve for our brothers and sisters in blue who are killed in the line of duty. But we also grieve with our communities at the scenes of shootings and car accidents, for example. What are the best ways we can support each other, our families, and communities when the effects of grief can be debilitating? Sometimes we can learning new ways to process tragedies requires simply rethinking ... Full Article »