Podcast weblog: A career in law enforcement is one of the most rewarding, challenging, and selfless professions out there. The Guns and Yoga podcast explores the intersection between the impact a first responder career can have on those on the job, their families, and the importance of adopting and maintaining a holistic lifestyle. Wendy Hummell is a seasoned law enforcement officer in the Midwest with close to 25 years experience. She is a LEO spouse, mother, and wellness enthusiast. She knows first-hand the difficulties this line of work can bring. For the past decade, Wendy has been exploring various ways to improve her emotional, mental, spiritual, and physical well – being. She continues to learn and has a passion for sharing these tools to improve the quality of life not only for herself and her family, but for all first responders. Wendy is a certified yoga and meditation instructor. She teaches yoga, mindfulness, and resiliency to first responders at her current agency where she works as the Health and Wellness Coordinator. She also teaches throughout the state of Kansas and other national platforms. Wendy retired from the Wichita Police Department in 2019 at the rank of Detective where she spent a majority of her career working persons crimes. The intention of this podcast is to add value, provide support, and share resources by providing a platform for honest conversations with first responders, family members, retirees, and wellness experts. Whether you are a law enforcement officer, work in corrections, dispatch, Fire, EMS, The Prosecutors Office, the Coroners Officer, are a member of the military, family member or anyone who supports front line workers, please subscribe today and hear hear the stories of these brave men and women, the challenges and difficulties they have faced; the wonderful programs, people, and resources available to support first responders.
Tuesday Sep 05, 2023
Tuesday Sep 05, 2023
Tuesday Sep 05, 2023
Tactical Tip Tuesday:
Share Your Unique Gift with the World!
Today is Tactical Tip Tuesday where I share a tip, tool, or dose of inspiration for your week. This week I want to talk about sharing your unique gift with the world.
Later this week, my podcast with Kim Colegrove will be released. She is the first guest to return to the show for a second time. Not only is Kim a good friend, but she is a talented author and meditation teacher. She is re-releasing her book Mindfulness for Warriors with some really cool updates, and the book will now be called the Mindfulness for Warriors Handbook.
The inspiration for today’s episode came last week as I prepared to teach a monthly restorative yoga class. Finding meaning in our lives has been a quest many of us have been on throughout our lives. I first became interested in the concept of purpose during my yoga training. Although not an exact translation, the yogis call this dharma. Simply put, this means each of us are put on this earth for a reason or for some particular work; we are unique and the desire for the work has been put into every one of our hearts; it is our duty to listen and discover it.
Now, the path to figuring all of this out isn’t easy, its messy and is much too complicated to address in this short episode.
Purpose is how we find meaning, and something I often talk about when addressing retirement. But it pertains to all of us regardless of what your stage of life you are in.
You don’t have to have it all figured out and sometimes the way in which our purpose is executed changes.
I know some pretty amazing people; and I see something special and unique in each one of them. Today, I encourage you to discover what your unique gift is then find a way to share it; it doesn’t have to be in a grand way; you can be a difference maker with a small gesture, a few words, or volunteering. You can make an impact by listening to your heart, not your head. In the book, “the top five regrets of the dying” the author identified five common themes when she asked the patients, she worked with in hospice care what they would do different or if they had any regrets. The top regret was “I wish I had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me” …in other words a purpose driven life true to what THEY wanted; their hearts desire.
For me, sharing my love of yoga and integrating what I have learned into my classes is my unique gift I chose to share.
I have friends who are talented authors, musicians, martial artists, woodworkers, and those who are teachers and chose to share what they have learned throughout their career with others. What you share is yours to decide..It can be a creative hobby or interest or a special skillset you acquired during your career like leadership, crime scene investigation, or peer support. It isn’t tied to our professional roles, but it can be.
As you will hear in the upcoming podcast with Kim Colegrove, she has chosen to share her unique gift of teaching mindfulness and meditation to first responders.
What will you share?
If you’d like to explore this further, and feel a bit stuck, here are 3 self-inquiry or journaling prompts to get your started and can also access them in the show notes.
- How did you spend your time as a child? What did you enjoy most?
- What lights you up as an adult? What activities make you lose track of time?
- What do others say to you about your talents, skills, and gifts? What do people come to you for advice about? Are there themes and similarities?
Good luck with this process and l’d love to hear what you came up with or what you may already be sharing with the world.
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"Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put into every heart" - Rumi