Resilience Immersion Training

The first weekend in 2016 brought two dozen first responder professionals together for an intensive training in resiliency grounded in mindfulness. We formed up at a former Dude Ranch in Bend, Oregon that is currently running as a corporate training retreat and we couldn't have asked for a better venue. With snow falling throughout the weekend, temperatures moderately chilly and an occasional sun break, we trained in a beautiful second story space with windows on three sides. With 24 hours of mindfulness skills training in 2.5 days we led our warrior students into the edge of discomfort and opened up opportunities to experience the power of mindfulness. 

This weekend affirmed the value of this immersion training as part of a broader strategy with layered training to build sustainable, locally resourced training models for communities. We move forward with similar trainings scheduled in California this spring, and Washington DC this fall. 

All my bloomin' life!

I'm often asked how long I've been practicing mindfulness. Well, that's an interesting question that says more about our social frame of reference than we might think. I get it, longevity is a common social metric that we use when we are exploring another person's background. For example: "How long have you worked as a police officer?" 

Often, my answer to the question of how long I've practiced mindfulness is something like, "All my life!"  I've been connected to my body and my experience, arguably in various states of awareness, since I came into existence. Who knows, maybe even before that. 

Anyway, my point is that we've all been gifted with this keen ability of intuition and presence, and we've all used it to some degree or another our entire lives. Mindfulness training merely helps us connect to our awareness and work with the many possibilities that awareness brings us. So simple we make it complicated.