I frequently listen to author and speaker Eckhart Tolle on the internet. In the past few years, he’s had a lot of open sessions, (see his YouTube Video’s) on spirituality and how to attain peace. In Tolle’s book titled, “Stillness Speaks,” he gives his thoughts on why stillness is the best weapon in the fight against aimlessness, depression and despair.
COP SHOPS ARE DEPRESSING PLACES
There is depression and despair right now in Police Departments across the country. For me, when the noise of life gets overwhelming, I practice what Tolls preaches which is stillness. The art of being still.
Officers now more than ever need calm in their lives. One way of going at this would be to practice quieting the mind and body daily. All over the country, Officers are over-worked, understaffed and become political pawns for politicians without backbones.
Lest we forget these same men and woman are working at Departments with poor leadership, trying to just get through the day without worry of a complaint from a citizen or an over-zealous boss. All the stress “noises” officers must deal with throughout their day is exhausting.
BLOW THE MIND OF JOHN Q. PUBLIC
For the average citizen, simply listening to a police radio would be draining, let alone driving the squad car, answering every call, and observing behaviors all around you every day is simply exhausting.
Tolle preaches the humble practicing of stillness. He speaks about eliminating the “commotions” in one’s life and replacing that noise with silence. Tolle explains, “sometimes we become trapped in a stream of thought, we are anchored in the past or dreaming or worrying about the future, and we miss the now!”
SILENCE IS GOLDEN
Tolle lectures on the truth and true intelligence operates silently. Stillness is where creativity and solutions to problems are found. Tolle’s words make me think of all the wise mentors I had on the Chicago Police Department. The wise officers were not loud, aggressive and these fine men could handle any situation.
Why? You ask. Because they were always in the present mindset. I realized then as I do now, these men commanded respect because of their ability to be present. This is a current practice which I am teaching my children now. Basically be present with what you are doing … in the now.
Far too many officers are juggling too many plates in life and wonder why/how one (or more) came crashing down? Slow down and clear your mental and physical zip drive, clean. Everyone who owns a phone knows the importance of charging it or else? Well, why not practice charging yourself daily with the gift of stillness!
TIPS TO BE TOPS
Here are some free and easy tips to unwind and practice stillness.
- Taking slow, deep breaths induces the parasympathetic system and slows your heart rate.
- Practice when you need it – You can practice this at roll call daily.
- Find a favorite spot – Try to make it outdoors, such as a park bench, or in the yard.
- Listen to soft music – Every Mentor I had while on the job had this in common; they all would unwind with classical music.
- Learn to enjoy being alone – People are often afraid of being alone with their thoughts.
- Turn the TV off for a night – This is one way of turning the noise literally off.
- Getting off social media – Try it out, you will soon find out, it’s consuming your life.
- Learn to say No – Don’t give yourself out to everyone; it’s not sustainable.
- Take a walk – Going on a walk without my phone or talking can be tremendously beneficial.
- Reading a book – Getting lost in a great read is incredibly relaxing for many officers.
- Stop thinking negatively – This small behavior is critical in mentally rebooting.
Eckhart’s profound, yet simple teachings have helped countless people around the globe experience a state of vibrantly alive inner peace in their daily lives. I think some of his free videos are online where his teachings focus on the power of presence, the awakened state of consciousness, these transcend ego could help officers immeasurably.
Finally, just because the world around us is in full-blown chaos, doesn’t mean we always need to join.
“Above all, it’s about going home at the end of the shift … “
We couldn’t agree more.
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