The training helped me understand how to keep a balance, how to measure my ability not by a scale made up from a chart or a study but from my own ability to handle my thoughts, my trauma, and how to help others with it.
— Police Officer, Immersion Participant

Quick Guide 

Click here for a pdf resource guide to get started with a meditation practice. 

SWAT Yoga guide from Suzanna Hasnay.


Christopher, M. S., Hunsinger, M., Goerling, R., Bowen, S., Rogers, B., Gross, C. R., Dapolonia, E., & Pruessner, J. (2018). Mindfulness-Based Resilience Training to reduce health risk, stress reactivity, and aggression among law enforcement officers: A feasibility and preliminary efficacy trial. Psychiatry Research, 264, 104-115. PMCID: PMC6226556

Goerling, R. Leading Forward with Mindfulness Skills Training. Police Chief. 86, no. 5 (2019): 37-43.

Christopher, M., Goerling, R., Rogers, B., Hunsinger, M., Baron, G., Bergman, A., & Zava, D. A Pilot Study Evaluating the Effectiveness of a Mindfulness-Based Intervention on Cortisol Awakening Response and Health Outcomes among Law Enforcement Officers. Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology. January 2015.

Goerling, R. (Fall 2014) Cognitive Fitness. Leadership & Resilience in the Warrior Arena. California Assoc. of Tactical Officers (CATOnews).

Goerling, R. (2012) Police Officer Resiliency and Community Building. Proceedings of the American Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences. 19(1),394. 

Bergman, A. Christopher, M. Bowen, S. (2016) Changes in Facets of Mindfulness Predict Stress and Anger Outcomes for Police Officers. Journal Mindfulness. 7 (851-858). 



Kabat Zinn J. (1990). Full Catastrophe Living. New York, NY: Delta Publishing. 

Kabat Zinn, J. (2005). Coming to our senses: Healing ourselves and the world through mindfulness. New York, NY: Hyperion.  

Gelles, D. (2015). Mindful work: How meditation is changing business from the inside out. New York, NY: Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt.

Pressfield, S. (2002). The War of Art. New York, NY: Black Irish Entertainment. 

Strozzi-Heckler, R. (2003). In Search of the Warrior Spirit: Teaching awareness disciplines to the Green Berets. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books.

mindful leadership

Forret, A. (2019). Seven Practices of a Mindful Leader: Lessons from Google and a Zen Monastery Kitchen. New World Library.

George, B. (2010). True north: Discover your authentic leadership (Vol. 143). John Wiley & Sons.

Brown, B. (2018). Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. Random House.

Marturano, J. (2014). Finding the space to lead: A practical guide to mindful leadership. Bloomsbury Publishing USA.

Carroll, M. (2008). The mindful leader: Awakening your natural management skills through mindfulness meditation. Shambhala Publications.

Police Leadership & reform

Holiday, R. (2016). Ego is the Enemy. New York, NY: Penguin. 

Stamper, N. (2016) To Protect and Serve. How to Fix America's Police. New York, NY: Nation Books. 

Alexander, M. (2011). The New Jim Crow. New York, NY: New Press. 

Kyodo Williams, a. (2016). Radical Dharma. Talking Race, Love, and Liberation. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books. 


Kotler, S. (2015). The rise of superman: decoding the science of ultimate human performance. London: Quercus.

Kotler, S. (2017). Stealing Fire: the Secrets of Super Performers from Google Executives to Navy SEALS. HarperCollins.

Gonzales, L. (2003). Deep survival: Who lives, who dies, and why : True stories of miraculous endurance and sudden death. New York, NY: W.W. Norton. 

Kashdan, T. & Diener, R. (2014). The upside of your dark side: Why being your whole self--not just your "good" self--drives success and fulfillment

McDougall, C. (2009). Born to run: A hidden tribe, superathletes, and the greatest race the world has never seen. New York, NY:  Alfred A. Knopf.

McDougall, C. (2015). Natural Born Heroes. Mastering the lost secrets of strength and endurance. New York, NY: Vintage. 

Science of Stress & Behavior

Clark, T. (2011). Nerve: Poise under pressure, serenity under stress, and the brave new science of fear and cool. New York: Little, Brown and Company.

Duhigg, C. (2012). The power of habit: Why we do what we do in life and business. New York: Random House.

Hanson, R., & Mendius, R. (2009). Buddha's brain the practical neuroscience of happiness, love, & wisdom. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications.

McGonigal, K. (2015). The upside of stress: Why stress is good for you, and how to get good at it.

LeDoux, J. (1996). The Emotional Brain. The mysterious underpinnings of emotional life. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster. 

Resiliency & Personal Development

Brown, B. (2012). Daring Greatly. How the courage to be vulnerable transforms the way we live, love, parent and lead. New York, NY: Gotham.

Greitens, E. (2015). Resilience: Hard-won wisdom for living a better life

Gonzales, L. (2003). Deep survival: Who lives, who dies, and why : True stories of miraculous endurance and sudden death. New York, NY: W.W. Norton. 

Fredrickson, B. (2009). Positivity. New York, NY: Crown. 

organizational psychology & leadership

Zimbardo, P. (2007). The Lucifer effect: Understanding how good people turn evil. New York, NY: Random House. 

Goleman, D. (1998). Working with emotional intelligence. New York, NY: Bantam Books. 

Goleman, D., & Boyatzis, R. (2002). Primal leadership: Realizing the power of emotional intelligence. Boston, MA.: Harvard Business School Press. 


Dan Harris (ABC News) interviews Chief Sylvia Moir, Tempe AZ Chief of Police

Kelly McGonigal TED talk on the New Science of Stress

Brene Brown TED talk on Vulnerability

Matt Killingsworth TED talk on Mind Wandering and Happiness

Alex Honnold rock climbing documentary by Nat Geo. 

Web Resources

Mindful magazine

International Mindfulness Teachers Association

Big Think


Insight Timer


10% Happier


On Being with Krista Tippett

10% Happier with Dan Harris

Tim Ferriss -business and human  performance

Rich Roll -health, fitness and humanity


Yoga Hillsboro & The Stress Reduction Clinic

UC Berkeley- Greater Good Science Center

UCLA-  Mindful Awareness Research Center

UCSD Center for Mindfulness

UMASS Center for Mindfulness

Executive Mind Leadership Institute, Drucker School of Management