3 Ways Mindfulness Can Help Law Enforcement Officers During These Challenging Times

How Your Mindfulness Practice Can Support the World Right Now

1) Mindfulness teaches us how to STOP and listen. Every one of us is being called to create space to listen, really listen, and observe and tame our reactive feelings so we can access the deep well of compassionate awareness that lives in us all. It is our emotional intelligence that will allow us to, in the words of Killer Mike, “plot, plan, strategize, organize, and mobilize.” Utilize the STOP practice to gain greater mastery over challenging reactivity and confusion. 

2) Mindfulness allows us to work with our own conditionings. Rhonda Magee, author of The Inner Work of Racial Justice, says it’s people with a deep mindfulness practice who can “sit in the fire of the painful recognition that, oh, my mind actually does orient me to people who look like me.” Mindfulness, she continues, “can help us with a lot of the really subtle difficulties of doing the work that must be done to dismantle these patterns and habits that draw us to reinvest in segregation. Mindfulness compassion practices, these actually can help.” Try this compassion practice to connect with deep loving awareness. 

3) Mindful communication is necessary for the difficult conversations that need to happen. Public health and racial healing innovator Jenée Johnson says, “racism is a form of trauma. To begin to unravel the harm of racism—the historical trauma, the microaggressions, the white fragility that often is a barrier to conversation—people need to have a level of self-awareness, to be able to sit, without judgment, with what is uncomfortable, to be present and aware, and to hold this inquiry with curiosity and kindness. Being mindful—knowing and being in touch with what is going on with you—is essential to undoing racism.” Here are three important lessons on mindful communication. 

May we all find ways to meet this moment with love and compassion.

Stephanie Domet
Managing Editor, Mindful

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Heather Hurlock
Executive Editor, Mindful

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