Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) not to be confused with Paul Ryan (R-WI) has just published a book entitled A Mindful Nation: How a Simple Practice Can Help Us Reduce Stress, Improve Performance and Recapture the American Spirit Hay House 2012. I most strongly recommend this important slim volume to anyone interested in the impact of mindfulness on our lives and the potential this has for our nation.
Former quarterback, attorney and 5 term congressman Ryan’s writing style will never be confused with that of Jon Kabat-Zinn who writes the foreword of this work. Instead we find the straight-forward, pragmatic observations of a results-oriented but compassionate man whose life was changed by a Kabat-Zinn lead retreat several years ago. Rep. Ryan reviews the impact of programs on mindfulness are having in education, healthcare organizations, among first responders and military. He lays out a vision for how mindfulness can assist us as a nation and society as we go forward in the face of increasing competition, complexity, scarcity and stress that should be an important roadmap for our country.
The afterward written by Dr. Susan Bauer-Wu (of my alma mater Emory U!) offers mindfulness and kindness practices as well as an extensive list of mindfulness resources for “training, applied mindfulness and mindful social action”. MOST strongly recommended!
Thanks for reading,