Executive Protection as Buddhist mindfulness – well, it’s not that far off the mark, or off the “dharma” of how we as EP agents are in our minds while on duty protecting our clients. In a perfect world of VIP security for clients, the agents would be so mindful, so aware, so observational that they see “everything.” They are monk-like masters of observation, a one-pointed focus that would do one very well in a monastery. That’s the ideal. That state of mindfulness is what we strive for here at WWP.
To understand how important this state of observational awareness, consider its opposite in a protecting agent. The agent is distracted by his internal thinking from one subject to another (or several topics of mental conversation at once-not good) or by some task that comes his way, or something he remembers to do. Now, that is not a Buddhist state of situational and observational awareness. That’s when something can happen in the Now, and something or many things were missed and all of a sudden a threatening situation is live and present. All because of some ramified internal thinking or emoting or remembering, or because of some task to do that takes the agent’s mind and body into someplace else, other than whole mindedly and whole bodily protecting the client.
Here at WWP, we practice this mindfulness in the Now all the time. Because, you can’t slip from being totally aware in the present moment of executive protection. You have to always be fully aware of who, what, when, why, how are around the client, and focused single mindedly on the protection tasks. That’s us: Buddhist monks at executive protection.