Check Out Tim Ryan’s “A Mindful Nation”

Writers and Readers again, please check out a wonderful book by Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan, a public servant clearly committed to serving the people, who discovered and practices Mindfulness and Meditation as a means to be more effective in his personal and public spheres. He discusses and cites research from U of Mass’s MBSR clinic (founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn) on how practice changes brain state, and tells the stories of Mindfulness’s use in education, the miliary, and yes, even in Congress. He spoke along with MBSR’s Dr. Saki Santorelli at the JCC in Manhattan. His passion, heart, and practicality were refreshing antidotes to the Elections’ media frenzy. I was fortunate also to meet his editor at the event, and wish Hay House and Mr. Ryan (not to be confused with Paul Ryan) well in getting this important book out.

Please note: “Mindfulness” has been around for centuries, called by other names in Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, Christian, and other traditions. However, I capitalize it here as it is the brand referred to in “Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction,” or MBSR, a program that has reached thousands of people since its inception at U. of Mass. Medical Center.

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About sheilaklewis

As a writing coach, meditation teacher, writer, and academic tutor, I'm passionate about words and the silent spaces between words. In this context, I run book clubs and writers' groups where the resonance of carefully crafted words can spark readers and writers to share their own stories. Connecting through conversation; making memories matter; embracing editing and revision, and imaginative wordplay are some solo and collective outcomes. I came to what I call my "Meditate Write Now" practice after years of art-making, writing grants, curriculum, children's stories, and more. Meditation kept my mind from meandering too far off point and also led me to write from the still point within. May our paths cross in creative journeys across time and internet connections! Other details: My husband and I are the parents of two amazing sons and one daughter-in-law, and smitten grandparents of Micah (born December, 2013). I don't drive, and have lived in the same apartment on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, for too long.
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