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The Alchemy of Transformation: Awakening Our Hearts, Healing Our World

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Congressman Tim Ryan, author of A Mindful Nation, talks about the power that mindfulness has to transform our society.

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waltonstev's picture

go Tim Ryan, fantastic stuff.

celticpassage's picture

Mindfulness cannot produce a better society any more than any other flavor of bagel, and the latest flavor of bagel is always a disappointment.

mrmojo's picture
mpuenteduany's picture

I am grateful to know that someone like Tim Ryan is in Congress. There is hope after all.

rgneuman1's picture

I'm very happy to be one of his constituents.

smnicc's picture

Having also worked long and hard in politics, listening to Tim Ryan lifted my heart! Just knowing there is one Member of Congress who gets this concept, and that he has taken action to spread the idea is VERY GOOD NEWS! There are many different aspects to each of our global and national problems, but to approach them all with mindfulness can't be wrong. I will be rooting for him to continue his wonderful work, whether in political office or not. Thank you Tim and Tricycle!

smnicc's picture

Having also worked long and hard in politics, listening to Tim Ryan lifted my heart! Just knowing there is one Member of Congress who gets this concept, and that he has taken action to spread the idea is VERY GOOD NEWS! There are many different aspects to each of our global and national problems, but to approach them all with mindfulness can't be wrong. I will be rooting for him to continue his wonderful work, whether in political office or not. Thank you Tim and Tricycle!

magicmeditation's picture

So wonderful

Odsal's picture

Every effort should be made to get him re-elected every time! Through mindful heart, mindful feelings, and mindful intelligence, may this country and this world truly move from darkness to light.

Itisme_Kim's picture

finally a politician that sees and is passionate about mindfulness and has personal experience to back it- the ease and portability of this practice, the relevance to all people regardless of faith, income, or age, and the consistent benefits to health when consistently applied with low costs to taxpayers.. If this passion can only spread throughout all governments and organizations- we can reap the economic and societal rewards. Keep going Tim!!
We need more people like you!

gloonie's picture

Interesting, but I found it a little too full of the usual political modes of expression that politicians seem to think makes them sound like "regular people". Nonetheless, a compassionate approach to political realities marks a step up from the scare tactics and pro-corporate bullying that often masquerades as debate.

Tim, I agree with meditatortoo that although we need desperately to take care of our returning service men and women, we need to also consider if mindfulness practice can help us move out of acquisitiveness and attachment that keeps this endless cycle of war going.

May you continue on your journey, With metta.

meditatortoo's picture

Tim, if we don't send soldiers out to fight wars to protect our nation's interests, we will have no need to heal them when they come home wounded. Please be mindful of the detrimental impact that the Global Military Industrial Complex is having on our world and all sentient beings.

I am pleased that you have discovered the impact of mindfulness, but for this to be beneficial it has to be practiced by people who are doing their very best to abide by the precepts, otherwise it can be a skill which brings even more hurt and harm into our world.

I wish you well, may all beings be filled with loving kindness, may all beings be well, may all beings be peaceful and at ease, may all beings be happy.

unystrom's picture

I know where you are coming from and I thought of the same thing, but I also understand where Tim is coming from. If he wishes to stay in politics, it would be too drastic at this point in time to suggest of getting rid of the army... he simply wouldn't be re-elected. Let him influence as many people and decision makers as he can - while he can.
This is a huge shift in itself, I wish him all the best! And I most certainly would vote for him, but alas - I am Canadian....

meditatortoo's picture

Thank you unystrom,
It is Armed Services Day, here in the U.K., I am an ex serviceman. Sure, I totally agree with you that to suggest getting rid of the army would be unrealistic for Tim. For a long time to come we will need our 'Armed Services', because we, well the vast majority of us at least are far from being fully enlightened beings and thus are well capable of being both problematic to ourselves and others.

My purpose in raising the 'Global Military Industrial Complex' was to simply to pose it as a topic for mindful examination. I feel we are living in the days which the late President Eisenhower Warned of:
http://www.commondreams.org/views01/0116-01.htm

We simply have not the time to be fearful, what would be the better stance for Tim to take ... to stay silent on these issues and be re-elected, or to tactifully approach this very real cause of massive suffering in our world and run the risk of not being re-elected?

May ALL BEINGS be well, and especially on this day members of our Armed Services throughout the world.

meditatortoo's picture

I want to just take time to clarify the fact that although I have linked through to President Eisenhower's warning it is no way my intention to lay all the blame for the problems created by the Military Industrial Complex at the doorstep of the U.S. ... it is a Global Industry and therefore a Global problem which needs to be addressed, but make no mistake it is costing millions of lives and creating far, far reaching suffering on our planet.

Yes it is superb to see a congressman singing the praises of mindfulness, but please it is just one facet of Buddhism ... how do we cohabitate this planet peacefully? We need leaders who are both mindful and fearless.

We need to nail down nuclear disarmament within the generation of today's young, creating both starting goals and a time frame to see their complete erradication from our planet, warring over the world's resources is not on and Bob Dylan was right to pose the questions about seeing and hearing the plight of others ... we are one, we are a shared universe why are we as a human species so cruel at times?

We often come together to celebrate our common humanity, for instance in sporting functions, why can we not set ourselves goals to de-militarise, to turn our swords into ploughshares and celebrate the acheivement of these goals in a similar manner?

jlbillig's picture

As someone who has worked in politics, I find it amazing that a politician like Tim Ryan exists! His understanding of the potential of mindfulness practice is transformative and his advocacy for it as a matter of public policy is inspiring. One can't watch this without walking away with a little bit more hope that public officials can indeed be a force for positive change.