You're not the first person to suggest this, or to tell us that for some police officers or firefighters, the imagery is a little too 'warm and fuzzy'. We sometimes hear this concern about military personnel as well.
That's in part why we created the Stress Hardiness audio - 5 tracks of mostly emotionally neutral, self-regulating exercises. But a couple of tracks in there do have some warm fuzzies in them as well. (It’s funny, because it’s not always predictable, who will go for the emotionally evocative imagery and who won’t. There’s a significant number of “manly men” who really go for the warm, fuzzy stuff (please know that I’m saying this with tongue-in-cheek irony, having graduated from the SNL school of humor, so please, please don’t get all politically correct on me here, okay?)
So I agree - we could probably use an alternate kind of imagery that’s more about producing a clear, focused state of awareness, and which teaches how to quickly access a state of internal calm amid the chaos.
As you can see from (most of) last week’s very intense discussion, it’s arguably a good idea for soldiers downrange as well, to have the capacity to cultivate an internal still-point.
What exactly did you have in mind for this? Anything in particular? I'm also thinking of maybe offering the option of combining instructions for some self-acu-tapping to be incorporated into this imagery.
I'd welcome your thoughts - and anyone else’s.