Un bello artículo sobre las dificultades de ser policía y cómo desarrollar el entrenamiento en mindfulness para las personas que integran este cuerpo. Buenísimo! enlace Cheri Maples. El artículo fue publicado originalmente para Mindfulness Bell Magazine
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Os dejo algunas frases del artículo “Mindfulness and the Police”
One of the things that I think is really important is that we have
to learn the difference between self-esteem and self-compassion,
because until we learn how to bring true self-compassion to our-
selves, the practice doesn’t really work well with other people. You
can make a full time job out of self-improvement, which leads to
high self-esteem, and I guess that’s better than low self-esteem.
But the problem with high self-esteem is you’re still comparing
yourself to other people. In fact, sometimes you’re competing
with them and secretly hoping they do worse than you do. It’s not
a very good way to live a spiritual life.
With self-compassion, we’re learning how to bring not just
empathy to ourselves but goodwill to ourselves, in a phenomenal
way. When I’m able to do that with the tools in the practice, the
volume of “me” goes way down. I’m happiest when the volume
of “me” is lowest. When the volume of “me” goes up, all those
habit seeds are ready to spring into action.
One of the other things that Thay taught me that was so
valuable is that compassion can be gentle and compassion can be
fierce. Wisdom is knowing when to employ the gentle compassion
of understanding or the fierce compassion of good boundaries.
How we talk and relate to others is probably the most important
peace work that we can engage in.
Our current criminal justice system is based on a
very faulty premise: the premise that the punishment of the per-
petrator is going to heal the victim and rehabilitate the perpetrator.
What I found is that neither of those things is true. It seems
to reflect a collective belief that contributes to all kinds of inter-
personal and systemic dysfunction. What this premise fails to
recognize is one of the basic premises of restorative justice: it’s
not the wrongdoer’s repentance that creates forgiveness; it’s the
victim’s forgiveness that creates repentance. I’ve seen this happen
over and over again.
We need to recognize the costs of working as a police officer.
If you take soldiers, or people that are on SWAT teams, or the
ops-teams in policing, the effects that I talked about are much
more intense. We teach them how to keep themselves and others
physically safe by using force, and how to use force. But we don’t
teach them how to keep themselves emotionally safe. That’s where
I have received such a gift from Thay, the gift of mindfulness.
Probably the most radical political act that any of us will
engage in is to learn to live in more harmony with everyone and
everything.To change the world or to love everybody is too big
an ambition for any single person, but to respond to this moment
with engagement and compassion is possible for each and every
one of us.