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A Mindful Nation


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A vision for the health, happiness and sustainability of all nations, from one of America's top politicians

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Tim Ryan was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2002, at the age of 29, 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. He has been an outspoken advocate for promoting mindfulness practice as an aid to dealing with the variety of complex problems facing the nation. During his tenure in the House, he has helped to get mindfulness and social and emotional learning programs established in several schools in his district. He also spearheaded a conference at a medical school in his district on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.


"Tim Ryan takes a big challenge in writing A Mindful Nation. He challenges the nation to take up meditation in their daily lives and tells us 'why/how' it works. I know this territory and wish him and us Godspeed."-- Phil Jackson, former Coach of the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, winner of 11 NBA Titles, author of Sacred Hoops
"A Mindful Nation has the potential to change our country--and the world--one person at a time."-- Deepak Chopra, author, War of the Worldviews
"Inspiring! An important book. If more politicians can follow in Congressman Ryan's lead and look to harness the power of mindfulness, then the future of this country will be bright."-- Russell Simmons, CEO, Rush Communications
"Tim Ryan shows how the simple practice of mindfulness can make us happier, more productive, and more compassionate. An unexpected and welcome book, I highly commend it to all who are searching for a deeper life and a better society."-- Rev. Jim Wallis, President of Sojourners, author of God's Politics
"Congressman Ryan offers us a beautifully written, practical, and comprehensive view of the far-reaching effects of mindfulness in civil society. This book brings the entire field of exploring mindfulness forward." -- Sharon Salzberg, author of Real Happiness
"Congressman Ryan offers a clear, compelling, and compassionate beacon of hope for America at this time of gathering darkness."-- Margaret J. Wheatley, author of Leadership and the New Science
"It is only through a shift in consciousness that the world will be transformed. Congressman Tim Ryan has written a truly powerful book in which he shares a vision for the United States that reflects this ideal. He reminds us that the word 'United' in our country's name is first and foremost a spiritual principle. That we are all connected, that loving each other and working together as one is not for fanciful daydreamers, it is a real possibility. He writes eloquently of the power of kindness in how we interact with each other and more significantly how our government can implement mindfulness in its dealings with its citizens. As we become more enlightened, great political leaders will emerge from this new consciousness to lead us to Camelot, Avalon, or a Shining City on a Hill. Tim Ryan is one of those who can get us back to the "United" in U.S.A., and we can, maybe for the first time, live our national motto, 'e pluribus unum.' Must reading for all."-- Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, best-selling author of Wishes Fulfilled: Mastering the Art of Manifesting

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