All across America, people are feeling squeezed—running faster and faster yet falling farther behind. The economy struggles, wars rage on, and every week brings news of another environmental disaster. Everything seems broken and people feel helpless. Despite this bleak outlook, a quiet hope is emerging throughout the nation. People are beginning to face challenges in a new way—by slowing down, paying attention, and becoming aware of their inner resources. This new way, which is based on the timeless practice of mindfulness and the core American values of self-reliance, determination, and getting the job done, is affecting every sector of society.
In A Mindful Nation, Congressman Tim Ryan connects the dots between what’s happening with mindfulness in the classrooms, 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. Ryan also provides tips for how to incorporate mindfulness into your life today. He combines a practical approach with a hopeful vision for how mindfulness can help reinvigorate the American Dream.
Tim Ryan was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2002 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 and has been an outspoken advocate for promoting mindfulness as an aid to dealing with the variety of complex problems facing the nation.