I’ve worked with first responders—specifically, firefighters, law enforcement, EMS—for most of my professional career. I am lucky enough to have had a first-row perspective on these professions. About a decade ago I began to study and practice Zen. I never thought my career and my mindfulness practice would intersect, but as I came to understand the stress of frontline work, I saw a need: Mindfulness was becoming increasingly popular for building resilience and as an intervention for alleviating potentially traumatic stress, and yet very few teachers were addressing my people! This hasn’t always been the case. In fact, the so-called “father of mindfulness,” Thich Nhat Hanh, specifically addressed law enforcement officers. Scientific research has been examining ways in which mindfulness interventions might improve first responder lives. There are moreover mindful leaders out there doing the work. This podcast is my way of keeping that conversation ongoing and expanding.
This podcast is about rediscovering foundational peace and reducing suffering in this world. Thanks for being a part of it!