by clicking the "Next" arrow.
by clicking on the page.
the page around when zoomed in by dragging it.
the zoom using the slider when zoomed-in.
by clicking on the zoomed-in page.
by entering text in the search field, and select "This Issue" or "All Issues"
by clicking on thumbnails to select pages, and then press the print button.
displays sections with thumbnails and descriptions.
displays a slider of thumbnails. Click on a page to jump.
allows you to browse the full archive.
about your subscription?
Mindful : August 2019
MINDS AT ATTENTION PRACTICE How can mindfulness practices be adapted for military culture? The University of Miami’s Amishi Jha and Scott Rogers, developers of Mindfulness- Based Attention and Training (MBAT), created this sample practice. This 12-minute drill aims to bring the mind “At Attention” from a seated position, in the same way one can be called to the standing position of attention. ▶ Sit in an upright and stable position. ▶ Keep your head erect and facing straight to the front as you breathe. ▶ Keep your arms hanging straight without stiffness, allowing your hands to rest flat on top of your thighs. ▶ Slowly and with intention, bring your heels together, toes pointed out at a 45-degree angle. ▶ Relax your heels, noticing their contact with the ground. “The level of seriousness taken for physical training shows up in how much time is given daily for it,” says Jha. “ What I’d like to see is that that same level of seriousness is offered to mental training.” The armed forces are not quick adopters. Research by Jha and other scientists “is slowly gathering the attention of the military in very serious ways,” says General Piatt. But there is currently no systemwide initiative to incorporate mindfulness into troop training. “Sadly, I haven’t been as successful as I would like to have been,” he says. Some of the reason is cultural, says Valerie Rice, a mindfulness researcher at the US Army Research Laboratory at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. “I had a commander tell me, flat out, ‘I don’t want my soldiers to go to a mindfulness class because after the class they’ll be relaxed and lazy,’” she says. That’s why studies matter, she adds: They help convince military leaders there’s data to support this new type of training. “It takes time and it takes information, and it takes recogni- tion and belief in the results,” she says. Nancy Skopp, a research psy- chologist at the US Department of Defense’s Psychological Health Cen- ter of Excellence in Falls Church, Vir- ginia, points to the military’s research investment—its grants to Jha, for example—as evidence of its serious interest. “DoD will fund a project that looks promising, and based on those results, then that can influence policy,” she says. Skopp singles out Jha’s efforts to train non-experts as trainers: “If mindfulness nonclini- cians can deliver this, then it can be disseminated more rapidly.” Jha isn’t discouraged by the slow pace of adoption. “I am glad that they’re wanting the science to be strong enough before they roll it out,” she says. “ Whatever they decide to roll out will be interrogated, scrutinized for evidence base. And now we’ve established the evidence base.” ● Next, bring the mind to attention. ▶ Bring awareness to your posture and to the contact points your body makes with the chair and floor. ▶ Rest your attention on your breath, noticing the natural flow of the in-breath and the out-breath. ▶ Direct your attention to sensations in the abdomen, or where air enters your nose or mouth. ▶ When you notice that your mind has wandered, which it will, for it is in the nature of the mind to wander, redeploy your attention to the breath. ▶ Continue this practice of attending to the breath, deliberately escorting your attention back to the breath when you notice that your mind has wandered. ▶ Hold the mind At Attention in this manner for the remain- der of this drill, steady, and noticing. As we conclude this At Attention Drill, return to the At Ease position. Resume your duty day activities. August 2019 mindful 59