A U.S. Congressman, writing a book about mindfulness – now that makes you go ‘hmmm’! I applaud Congressman Tim Ryan for raising awareness of what mindfulness did for him and sharing what he has learned with the world by writing his book “A Mindful Nation: How a Simple Practice Can Help Us Reduce Stress, Improve Performance, and Recapture the American Spirit.”
I went to see him speak at an event sponsored by the Dalai Lama Centre for Peace and Education.
What struck me about his talk is this: he is a successful, career-driven man who came to the realization that he was very stressed out and he wasn’t afraid to admit it – good for him. He sought out mindfulness and learned the MBSR technique (Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction), made it part of his life, and sees that the world really needs this.
Mindfulness is a big part of my life, and I have also seen significant, life-changing results from the people I teach in my meditation and mindfulness classes.
It’s such a simple concept, and it takes intention and practice to reap the benefits.
My blog is all about ‘cultivating joy in a western society lifestyle’ – here it is, my friends, mindfulness can bring you joy in your life.
Lately I’ve had numerous sources of inspiration – this visit with Tim Ryan being one of them. He has encouraged me to write a book on my experience teaching meditation and mindfulness in the workplace. Hmmm… maybe I will :o)
See a good 7 minute video of Tim Ryan defining what he means by mindfulness: