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

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

by Tim Ryan Congressman

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


 
     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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781401939304
Publisher: Hay House, Inc.
Publication date: 03/27/2013
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

         Tim Ryan was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2002, at the age of 29, and is currently serving in his fifth term representing Ohio's 17th Congressional District. He maintains a strong commitment to the economic and social well-being of his constituents in northeast Ohio. He serves as a member of the House Armed Services Committee, as well as its Subcommittees on Readiness and on Emerging Threats and Capabilities. He also serves as a member of the House Budget Committee and co-chairman of the Congressional Manufacturing Caucus.

Congressman Ryan has a daily mindfulness meditation practice. He has been an outspoken advocate for promoting mindfulness practice as an aid to dealing with the variety of complex problems facing the nation. During his tenure in the House, he has helped to get mindfulness and social and emotional learning programs established in several schools in his district. He also spearheaded a conference at a medical school in his district on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. Before being elected to Congress, Ryan served in the Ohio State Senate, as president of the Trumbull County Young Democrats, as chairman of Earning by Learning in Warren, Ohio, and as a congressional aide.

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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