Mark Foreman, PsyD – March 7, 2020
The morning of March 5th, 2020 unfolded with a deep reminder of the power of things all us caregivers, therapists, teachers, parents, 1st and retired 1st responders carry. March 5th is the anniversary date of the Santana School shooting (circa 2001) and March 1985 the anniversary of line-of-duty death of Officer Tom Riggs and wounding of Officer Donovan Jacobs & ride-along, Sara Pena-Ruiz.
Most 1st responders possess a strong sense of Noble Cause: A drive to help those who can’t help themselves; to rescue those in harm’s way; to protect others from wrongdoing. Noble Cause is fueled by a sense of compassion. Those in public safety do the work at the outset because they care so much. Caring is at each first responder’s heart and informs a core value from which integrity flourishes. Integrity is exactly the sense that allows first responders to sacrifice their safety and wellness to act upon that Noble Cause.
When the Noble Cause is realized and felt, it results in an experience of Moral Elevation. Moral Elevation is just recently being studied by sociologists, neurologists, psychologists and other researchers. Moral Elevation is often felt in the body and accompanied by experiencing the emotion of Awe.
Learn more about Moral Elevation and other related Moral elements that remind us of our humanity. Learn also that mindful awareness and compassion practices can help us strengthen our sense of integrity and protect our core values.
Mark Foreman, PsyD – July 01, 2019
Most individuals who are first responders possess some characteristic within their core that not only allows them to do the difficult jobs they do, but compels them to do the work. Just as it is difficult for a firefighter or paramedic to not do something in times of disaster or tragedy, law enforcers also are compelled to observe, identify and act on injustices, law breaking, and others doing harm to others.
The most challenging times for people working public safety are often the moments, days, and weeks following some significant event. The periods in which media, political and public foments. The law enforcement side of public safety involves local, state, and federal agencies and individuals. Those working within law enforcement often experience intense criticism.
Daily, formal mindful meditation practice is shown empirically to benefit individuals in many ways. Yet, so often, beginning meditators and experienced meditators alike, often report they do not have time to sit – meditating everyday. Instead of beating ourselves up for being so engaged with life, careers, family and relationships, we can find moments of mindfulness throughout the day.
Compassion teacher and creator and founder of Compassion It, Sara Schairer offer 14 suggestions on how to cultivate mindful awareness and presence throughout a busy day.
Click thru the link below to read her article.