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

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       In one of the most optimistic books to come out of Washington during these trying times, Congressman Tim Ryan presents us with an inspiring and hopeful view of our country’s future—and a roadmap for how to get there. Across America, people are feeling squeezed, exhausted, and running faster and faster while falling farther behind. The economy continues to struggle, wars rage on, and every week brings news of another environmental disaster. Everything seems broken and people feel helpless to make a difference.

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       In one of the most optimistic books to come out of Washington during these trying times, Congressman Tim Ryan presents us with an inspiring and hopeful view of our country’s future—and a roadmap for how to get there. Across America, people are feeling squeezed, exhausted, and running faster and faster while falling farther behind. The economy continues to struggle, wars rage on, and every week brings news of another environmental disaster. Everything seems broken and people feel helpless to make a difference. Despite this bleak outlook, there are strands of quiet hope and confidence. People are beginning to take action in a new way: they are slowing down, paying attention, and gaining an awareness of the inner resources at their disposal.

This new way is based on the timeless and universal practice of mindfulness, the natural capabilities of our brains and minds, and the core American values of self-reliance, stick-to-it-iveness, and getting the job done.  And it’s manifesting in every sector of our society—it’s helping sick people work with their pain, school children improve their learning, veterans heal from trauma, and CEOs become more inclusive and effective leaders. All these benefits—and more—are supported by scientific research on mindfulness that is regularly reported by the mainstream media, such as ABC World News with Diane Sawyer.

In A Mindful Nation, Congressman Tim Ryan—an all-American guy from the heartland who is also a thoughtful, committed leader—takes this story about the benefits of mindfulness to the next level. He connects the dots between what’s happening with mindfulness in the classrooms, hospitals, boardrooms, research labs, and army bases across the country by sharing his interactions with experts in education, defense, health care, criminal justice, and the environment. A Mindful Nation paints a picture of emerging solutions that both benefit the reader and address the societal difficulties we are facing. Ryan’s folksy, warm, and encouraging voice uplifts us and shows that there is something we can do right here and right now to help ourselves and our country.

Both inspiring and pragmatic, A Mindful Nation shows how the benefits of mindfulness apply to the current challenges that affect each of us in our own lives and in our communities, and thus have implications for our society as a whole. With a hard-nosed understanding of politics, government budgets, and what it takes to get something done, Ryan connects a practical approach—lead with the science, show the savings and show how this can help us educate our children to be competitive in the world arena—with a hopeful vision for how mindfulness can reinvigorate our core American values and transform and revitalize our communities.

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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: 9781401939298
  • Publisher: Hay House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/27/2012
  • Pages: 203
  • Sales rank: 794,220
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.20 (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!

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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

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