Saving Sanity & Lives — Preventing Intelligence Burnout With Yoga

If it saves sanity, it saves lives. . .

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Intelligence—what does that even mean anyways?

in·tel·li·gence
inˈteləjəns/
noun
  1. 1.
    the ability to acquire and apply knowledge and skills.
    “an eminent man of great intelligence”
    synonyms: intellectual capacity, mental capacity, intellect, mind, brain(s), IQ,brainpower, judgment, reasoning, understanding, comprehension;More
  2. 2.
    the collection of information of military or political value.
    “the chief of military intelligence”
    synonyms: information gathering, surveillance, observation, reconnaissance,spying, espionage, infiltration, ELINT, humint; More

It can be determined therefore that for the sake of this argument that intelligence can be assumed a combination of these factors, we might postulate a definition like “the ability to acquire and apply knowledge and skills in the collection of information of military or political value.” But intelligence is not limited to military or political information; there now exists a whole realm of concepts revolving around emotional intelligence, business intelligence, and professional recruitment. But if you stay up to speed with the angles we are working lately, you understand the meaning to imply those employed in the clandestine services as foreign officers performing undercover fieldwork in dangerous or otherwise adverse conditions.

From my personal experience, this type of work is extremely difficult and deleterious to one’s health, both mental and physical. Being ready and able at any given time to learn and analyze incoming data, remaining prepared to pivot and change the entire mission’s direction extemporaneously, and  maintaining relationships you know to be false wears thin on one’s soul, so to say. The 480th Intelligence, Reconnaissance, and Surveillance Wing has some interesting things to say in regard to constantly engaging the curve in an effort to protect assets at home and abroad.

Air Force Intel Operators { sourced below }

They work at such a rapid rate that leaders are putting forth efforts to stop these airmen from burning out. The wing’s leadership has molded the Comprehensive Fitness Model — an attempt to help airmen balance their busy lives through targeted programs, activities and resiliency skills — to cater to airmen involved in these operations. 

“In each one of our groups, we have now resourced to have a doctor, a medical tech, a psychologist, a psych tech, a chaplain and a chaplain’s assistant available and on our operations floors,” said Col. Timothy Haugh, the wing’s commander. […]

In 2013, such information translated into 460,000 hours of full-motion video, 2.6 million images and 1.7 million signals intelligence reports, according to officials. […]

“They’re staring at computer screens for 12 straight hours and you can’t miss a guy running across the screen with an AK-47 … or good guys are gonna die … so a lot of things that they do is sit there and chug Monsters and energy drinks left and right to stay vigilant.”

Airmen also have the four pillars — spiritual, social, mental and physical — of the Comprehensive Assessment Form to turn to in order to build core strength. A struggle, thus far, has been the social aspect for these airmen stuck in a room for hours on end.

Sourced from Air Force Times – Leaders Monitor Burnout

Poise, Strike, now. . . BALANCE

At the time of this posting, I have quit smoking. Last week I smoked half a pack a day and required alcohol two to three times weekly to allow for enough vaso-dilation to relax enough to not show my teeth to even the friendliest strangers. Believe me, when you are working this angle to build networks and advance your mission, it is certainly difficult to do so when you’re reeking like stale smoke and have a gnarly hangover from cheap brandy. The 007 method seems fun via the conversion to unrealistic cinematic presentation, but in all truth, James Bond would have been dead after a few of his missions due his lifestyle choices alone. One does not simply wine and dine one’s way through Mordor.

There is a solution to this problem, however. Yoga studios have popped up in many civilized nations all across the land. Yoga studios offer a calm respite from an urban environment by offering water, music, calm space, and deep physio-spiritual practice through the various asanas, or poses taught by the local instructor.

And to James Bond’s approval, many of the women in attendance of yoga practice are awesomely and fearfully created specimens, indeed. Being around real people with deep souls can take a huge amount of field stress off the operative, speaking from personal experience.

I have practiced transcendental meditation while approaching the point of nightly sleep, and lighter yoga sessions as well in a heated environment. The amount of sweat pouring from my pores is a strong indication of some of those deeper ‘issues inside my tissues’ working out of my distressed person. After a few short days, I feel much better and feeling stabilized can save my sanity.

Saving the sanity of your operators will save lives.

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