Thank you to the Delran Police Department of Delran, NJ for having me in to teach about stress, trauma, and meditation.
As with many who learn from me, skepticism is always a normal part of the process. A few chuckles later and a room full of patrolmen, detectives, and their Lieutenant were deep in meditation.
When asked at the end of the session how long they thought they meditated for the answers were....
10 min. and 5 min.
These law enforcement professionals meditated for 25 minutes.
Not only did they not think they could actually do it, but they were able to maintain their focus with environmental sounds, people moving about, and sounds of trucks and cars outside the windows.
The coy smiles upon reintegration told me everything I needed to know. We were all feeling calm, present, and centered following. The positive feedback was tremendous and I'm looking forward to future visits with these officers.
Hats off to the LT for his open-mindedness and interest in a new approach to help support the well-being of his officers and detectives.
When we haven't learned how to use our focus in a way that benefits relaxation and a sense of safety, we are operating from survival instincts. As human beings, the survival instincts are supposed to be active. We never want to treat the sympathetic nervous system as the enemy, but what happens is that when it is "on-guard" 24 hours a day, it can lead to health issues. We have to be able to dial it down at some point each day, but it takes practice and the consistency of making mental health and well-being a priority. New approaches can help support the traditional approaches.