Lately it appears that the news has been filled with stories of armed professionals losing their lives during violent confrontations and ambushes. The increasing number of green on blue attacks coming out of Afghanistan is evidence enough of this lethal trend. While the environments that we operate in may not be of our own choosing and we are compelled by circumstance to function in unknown, chaotic and uncontrollable situations, there must be something that the individual can do to increase their personal perimeter.
That something is awareness. Awareness is the only thing that the individual has within his or her own locus of control that can enhance personal safety.
Practice becoming aware of what is not readily obvious. Practice awareness for the sake of awareness. Not only is awareness a means of more completely comprehending one’s operational environment, but it is the avenue to more fully empower one’s options.
Breathe. Focus. Get centered. Then expand your personal bubble of awareness out from your own body, into your environment, and to the furthest reach of your own perception. Not just sight, smell and sound, but also feeling.
Awareness is more than just what the senses can tell you. It’s about the perception of information that might be beyond a ready description. In some instances awareness is beyond thought and it provides information that allows you to respond to events that are unfolding faster than you can comprehend with the conscious mind.
Be aware and stay safe, warriors.