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Meditation and Our Political Divide: “A Mindful Nation” by Rep. Tim Ryan

Promoting mindfulness as an elixir that can tone down political divisions.

Representative Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) has written a book called A Mindful Nation. Noting the upsurge of interest in meditation in this country—and a practitioner himself—Ryan sees an opportunity to apply such techniques to our advantage both personally and for the good of the country as a whole. Here’s an excerpt from the blurb promoting the book:

Both inspiring and pragmatic, A Mindful Nation shows how the benefits of mindfulness apply to the current challenges that affect each of us in our own lives and in our communities, and thus have implications for our society as a whole. With a hard-nosed understanding of politics, government budgets, and what it takes to get something done, Ryan connects a practical approach—lead with the science, show the savings and show how this can help us educate our children to be competitive in the world arena—with a hopeful vision for how mindfulness can reinvigorate our core American values and transform and revitalize our communities.

A Mindful Nation is available through in Pleasantville. Support your local bookstore!

Rabbi Mark Sameth is the spiritual leader of Joyful Judaism: Pleasantville Community Synagogue an inclusive, progressive synagogue – with members from twenty towns, villages and cities all across Westchester and “A Hebrew School Your Kids Can Love.” Read The New York Times article. Follow Rabbi Mark on Twitter . Weekly meditation at the synagogue every Saturday morning at 9 am is open to the public; everyone – without exception - is welcome and warmly invited. OUR MEMBERSHIP DRIVE IS ON. See “Top Ten Reasons to Join PCS” at www.ShalomPCS.com.

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