Tim Ryan: A Congressman For Mindfulness

Congressman Tim Ryan is leading the way towards mindfulness in the white house. The 41 year old represents Northeast Ohio and is currently serving his seventh term.

After visiting a meditation retreat, Ryan rejoined the public with a whole new perception of the mind-body connection. His intention was to unwind, but he had a higher experience that led him to acknowledge how our thoughts can influence our actions.  

 The congressman describes his experience saying, “I came out of it with a whole new way of relating with what was going on in the world, and like any good thing that a congressman finds—a new technology, a new policy idea—immediately I said, ‘How do we get this out?” He says, “I decided, I would advocate in congress and on the appropriations Committee for integrating mindfulness into key aspects of our society.” He has even published a book on this knowledge titled - A Mindful Nation: How a Simple Practice Can Help Us Reduce Stress, Improve Performance, and Recapture the American Spirit, which Bill Clinton says “explains how the simple act of self-reflection can help us build a better America.”

Ryan also stated that “The more I researched it, the more I realized: if this is presented as something that’s universal, everyone can benefit. Football players, marines, my constituents—this is for everybody.”