These images will change the way you view our police force! Canadian police officers meditate before hitting the streets to bring peace and justice to the people.
These images will change the way you view the work force. Police officers meditate before hitting the streets to bring peace to our people.
Officers from Ontario’s Peel Regional Police attended a temple last week for a lecture on mindfulness meditation and Buddhist philosophy.
Meditation is a means of transforming the mind. Buddhist meditation practices are techniques that encourage and develop concentration, clarity, emotional positivity, and a calm seeing of the true nature of things. By engaging with a particular meditation practice you learn the patterns and habits of your mind, and the practice offers a means to cultivate new, more positive ways of being. With regular work and patience these nourishing, focused states of mind can deepen into profoundly peaceful and energised states of mind. Such experiences can have a transformative effect and can lead to a new understanding of life.
“They were very nice and they liked it and they think it should be part of their daily practice,” Saranapala told The Huffington Post Canada
“I think generally people have negative impressions about the police officers, and seeing some officers trying to do mindfulness meditation, [and] being at the front row of a Buddhist temple, they think it’s very positive.”
Saranapala — who says students gave him the nickname Urban Buddhist Monk because he “was a city monk” — said he’s offering a similar course to Ontario Provincial Police officers in May.
To grow as a community striving towards peace implementing practices that are self fulfilling can make a huge difference in our world. Police officers seek to prevent crime and crashes, improve public safety, detect and bring offenders to account, and maintain law and order. They cannot bring justice to society without harnessing a centred stillness from deep within so that they can serve others from a place of equality and balance. Bringing Meditation to a place full of violence can transform our world by bringing peace. Peace starts from within, sitting with ourselves, being with our own suffering will transform this our world from the inside out.