We all know that meditation is beneficial to anyone. The practice is used by young and old and by people from all different types of backgrounds; it’s universal. That said, who would benefit the most from a meditation practice? More than likely, those people who are under tremendous amounts of stress.
As the images of 9/11 still cross our consciousness, especially in light of Osama bin Laden’s recent death, those men and women who risk their lives on a daily basis to save ours come to mind.
According to this recent Indian Express post, a group of firefighters outside of Mumbai are now getting the chance to use meditation to help them deal with the high tension and stress that comes with being a firefighter. Unfortunately, the motivation for the practice comes as the result of the death of their Chief.
The sudden death of chief fire officer Uday Tatkare due to stress induced heart attack last month has served as a wake-up call for the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation. The civic administration is now planning to send its senior fire officials on a 10-day Vipassana meditation course.
“The issue of high tension and stress faced by fire officials came to light after Tatkare’s death. In a meeting which was held just days after his death, we decided to send all senior officials and firemen for a 10-day Vipassana course so that they can learn to deal with stress in their jobs,” said S S Shinde, Joint Commissioner (Disaster Management). “In the first phase, about 25 senior fire officials will go for the course, following which the entire staff will be sent in batches,” he said.
Read more on how these firefighters are using meditation to deal with job stress here.