Monday, May 28, 2012

Mindful Nation: Buddhist practice for US (video)

Wisdom Quarterly; InsightLA; Terrence McNally (; Hay House
Inspiring and pragmatic, A Mindful Nation shows how the benefits of mindfulness apply to current American challenges.

Congressman Tim Ryan took a break after an election cycle. He went in search of peace: He signed up for a five-day silent Buddhist mindfulness meditation retreat with Jon Kabat-Zinn.
He found in the profound silence of mindfulness and clear comprehension (sati sampajanna) more peace than he could have imagined, peace akin to the "centering" prayer modality of his youth.
It occurred to him that mindfulness -- with modern scientific studies to back it and an ancient mystical tradition built around it -- could help turn around the entire nation.

A Mindful Nation paints a picture of emerging solutions that benefit both the reader and American  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, Congressman Ryan combines a practical approach with a hopeful vision for how mindfulness can help reinvigorate the American Dream.
In A Mindful Nation, 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. He shows 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 our lives today and includes instructions from a qualified teacher for simple mindfulness and kindness practices we can all do.

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