Words from a buddhist cop about creating compassionate police officers
Many of the tragedies now being uncovered in policing are the result of the fact that as police officers we simply cannot see what is actually in front of us — a suffering human being in need of help.
If we want compassionate police forces, communities must get intimately involved with their police departments. Communities need to organize and call for changes in the leadership, hiring, use of force policies, and training practices of their local police departments. And they need to do so with awareness, right speech, understanding of a police officer’s job, and compassion.
It’s also important to remember that police officers need support in seeing with eyes of compassion. Without our encouragement, a police officer’s initial yearning to alleviate suffering will become dormant.
The compassion that enables us to be with the families of the victims in these tragedies comes relatively easily to most of us. The compassion required to be with the officer and the family of the officer who pulled the trigger is much more challenging.
"I believe, inherently, that the structures of society are driving us mad. Though most of us believe ourselves to be fairly well-adjusted, healthy individuals, we are all patients in the asylum together now."
I love this article by Tim Hjersted about how we can create a better world. I am excited to learn about so many people tuning into similar messages about how we can wake up and help humanity. An excerpt from the article:
“In the future, I see a society where the basic needs of every human being are guaranteed: food, shelter, health care – cradle to grave security. I see a future without the need for toilsome work, without nation-states, without rulers and ruled, hierarchy or war. You think this sounds like a fantasy, but it is possible now. The problem is not technical, nor creative. It is a problem of cultural lag – of the outdated institutions and values of our time not being able to keep pace with technological advancement.
But to realize this kind of future, however impossible – to imagine anything better than what we presently have – it means we must wake up to the problems that our generation must deal with.”
Sierra Harvest brings education about farming and nutrition into schools and to families seeking help to begin gardening at home. Funding is available to help people who otherwise couldn’t afford the advice, physical help and support as they begin to grow their own gardens. Sierra Harvest operates in Nevada County, California.
The School of Life is a collective of people who are producing content that takes on relevant subjects with clear thought, a firm base in history, and a large dose of heart. I appreciate School of Life for raising the conversation on many topics and sharing it with us. They have also compiled a freely available eBook called, “The Book of Life” .
Here are two of my current favorite School of Life videos:
COMPASSION JOURNAL: Compassion in its many forms
Do you really understand what compassion is? The Compassion Journal provides a place to explore compassion. From the Compassion Journal website:
Compassion Journal offers a comprehensive view of compassion in its many forms — including how compassion is expressed in the arts and literature, the latest in the science of compassion, and the gift of compassion in the daily lives of people all over the world. It is an international online journal that answers the question “What is compassion?” from many different sides.
The publication is organized and published by the Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education.
Compassion Journal is a good resource for all those interested in compassion. It provides a source of support for people who are committed to compassion and who challenge themselves to be compassionate each day.
Compassion Journal is here to:
1. INSPIRE compassion in DAILY LIFE
2. BUILD a WORLD COMMUNITY around compassion
3. HONOR compassion’s MULTI-DIMENSIONALITY
4. Make compassion EDUCATION accessible to all
No single description or representation tells the whole story of what compassion is, so this Journal tells different kinds of stories. It tells stories of science, stories of social exchange, stories of literature, cinema, politics and history, and their sets of meanings and relations in light of compassion.
Rather than address compassion as something that Buddhists practice, scientists research, or psychologists study, we will allow multiple modes of access into compassion to help people think about compassion in a more expanded way. We hope that reading this journal will help you see how compassion relates to and is essential to every part of life.
FROM S.A.D. TO GLAD: How to overcome stress, anxiety and depression and feel happy again
Feel relaxed and happy again without resorting to medications.
Dr. Emmett Miller, M.D. and psychotherapist Jonathan Robinson have created an audiocourse that teaches people how to overcome stress, anxiety and depression and feel happy again.
Jonathan and Emmett cropBased on scientific studies and personal research, the teachers guide the listener through exercises and give the listener many ways to stop the momentum of negative thinking and change it to positive thinking. I have used the audiocourse and give it the highest recommendation for anyone who is willing to stretch and grow into happiness, for your own sake and to uplift those around you.