A Mindful Nation: How a Simple Practice Can Help Us Reduce Stress, Improve Performance, and Recapture the American Spirit

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     All across America, people are running faster and faster yet falling farther behind. The economy struggles, wars rage on, and every week brings news of another environmental disaster.
     Despite this bleak outlook, strands of quiet hope and confidence are emerging. People are beginning to face challenges in a new way: they are slowing down, paying ...
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Overview


 
     All across America, people are running faster and faster yet falling farther behind. The economy struggles, wars rage on, and every week brings news of another environmental disaster.
     Despite this bleak outlook, strands of quiet hope and confidence are emerging. People are beginning to face challenges in a new way: they are slowing down, paying attention, and becoming aware of their inner resources.
     Based on the timeless practice of mindfulness, the natural capabilities of our brains and minds, and the core American values of self-reliance, determination, and getting the job done, this new way is affecting every sector of our society. 
     In A Mindful Nation, Congressman Tim Ryan connects the dots between what’s happening in the classrooms, hospitals, boardrooms, research labs, and military bases across the country. He explores the scientific findings that support the beneficial effects of mindfulness and shares powerful stories from the field, showing how this simple practice is helping schoolchildren improve their ability to learn, veterans heal from trauma, and CEOs become more effective leaders. Ryan also provides practical tips for how to incorporate mindfulness into your life today.
     A Mindful Nation paints a picture of emerging solutions that benefit both you and society as a whole, showing us that there is something we can do, right here and right now. With a hard-nosed understanding of politics, government budgets, and what it takes to get something done, Ryan combines a practical approach with a hopeful vision for how mindfulness can help reinvigorate the American Dream.
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“Inspiring! An important book. If more politicians can follow in Congressman Ryan’s lead and look to harness the power of mindfulness, then the future of this country will be bright.”
— Russell Simmons, CEO, Rush Communications

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401939304
  • Publisher: Hay House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/27/2013
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 154,745
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Tim Ryan was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2002 and is currently serving in his sixth term representing Ohio’s 13th Congressional District. He maintains a strong commitment to the economic and social well-being of his constituents in northeast Ohio. Congressman Ryan has a daily mindfulness meditation practice and has been an outspoken advocate for promoting mindfulness as an aid to dealing with the variety of complex problems facing the nation.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Jon Kabat-Zinn ix

Introduction xvii

Chapter 1 You Can Get There from Here 1

Chapter 2 Discovering Mindfulness 25

Chapter 3 What Scientists Say Mindfulness Can Do for You 43

Chapter 4 How Mindfulness Can Increase Our Children's Attention and Kindness 65

Chapter 5 How Mindfulness Can Improve Our Health and Our Health-Care System 91

Chapter 6 How Mindfulness Can Improve Performance and Build Resiliency for Our Military and First Responders 113

Chapter 7 How Mindfulness Can Help Us Rediscover Our Values and Reshape Our Economy 137

Chapter 8 How Mindfulness Can Help Us Help Ourselves and Our Country 159

Afterword: Mindfulness and Kindness Practices, by Dr. Susan Bauer-Wu 17S

Resources for Mindfulness Training, Applied Mindfulness, and Mindful Social Action 183

Acknowledgments 197

About the Author 203

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2012

    Fantastic book for ALL people

    What a wonderful argument for the inclusion of mindfulness in our daily lives! Scientific evidence proves that we can ALL benefit from a bit of mindfulness. I think many people believe mindfulness is in competition with religion or is a hocus-pocus hippy notion but this book shows it clearly is not. Any person of any age, race, sex or profession can benefit from being mindful. Ryan's book is a short and easy read that really can change lives.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2012

    Excellent -- wish all politicians would read this

    Congressman TIM Ryan presents and authentic, scientifically valid way for the US to get moving again, everything from lowering healthcare costs to improving education and the military, and more. Great read, hope others give it the consideration it deserves!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2012

    If you want to reduce stress read book about spirituality. "

    If you want to reduce stress read book about spirituality. "A Mindful Nation: How a Simple Practice Can Help Us Reduce Stress, Improve Performance, and Recapture the American Spirit" for housewives, even not for begginers. If you want to read really intresting book, where a lot of spirituality try a crossing or the drop's history by Anatoliy Obraztsov. This one impressed me

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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