- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Hay House Inc.; Revised edition (September 18, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1401955886
- ISBN-13: 978-1401955885
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 90 customer reviews
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Healing America: How a Simple Practice Can Help Us Recapture the American Spirit Revised Edition
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About the Author
Tim Ryan was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2002 and is currently serving in his eighth term representing Ohio's 13th Congressional District. He maintains a strong commitment to the economic and social well-being of his constituents in Northeast Ohio. Congressman Ryan follows a daily mindfulness practice and has been an outspoken advocate for promoting mindfulness practice as an aid to dealing with the variety of complex problems facing the nation.
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Congressman Ryan clearly articulates, in this well written, well researched, and well documented book, our core values, individually and as a nation. But, how, unfortunately, our inner values of compassion, humility, perseverance, kindness, and generosity, have been overshadowed, especially over the last 13 years, by bravado, dictated by the military industrial complex.
We have found ourselves in constant state of fear, constant state of war, agonizing uncertainty, and continuous loss of lives and treasures. This calls for new approach, new philosophy, new statesmanship, and new direction. Doing the same thing over and over again, will never produce different results.
Congressman Ryan emphasizes our collective responsibility as the stewards of many gifts: our constitution, our resources, and mother earth; that we have a commitment to our families, our neighbors, our country, and the world. It is time that we pause a moment, be mindful, take a deep breath, and separate the chaff from the grains. He correctly explains how stress plagues our lives, and that only through mindfulness, we can counteract this number one threat to good health.
I hope and pray that Congressman Ryan's philosophy and outlook, is contagious, and will infect every one with economic, political, or military power, in order to regain our true image as a nation that stands, not as a war machine, but as a beacon of justice, compassion, generosity and hope. That is true power.
Rashid A. Abdu, M.D.
If you want to create change (and I think most of us would agree that the current polarization and gridlock isn't working for any of us), start with the first step of Ryan's plan: Practice mindfulness to improve your own physical and mental health (tons of solid evidence supports this). A few minutes a day reduces stress (and all of the downstream ill health that comes from that), improves immunity, and reduces the number of medications (with all of their costs and potential side effects).
Ryan moves on from there to address the various ways that a more mindful nation can bring about better education (even if only because kids aren't wired and torqued by counterproductive levels of stress), allowing attention and memory - learning - to improve dramatically, as shown by several large-scale applications of mindfulness training for students.
Lest you think Ryan's book is too "soft," enhancing the performance of the military is another benefit of mindfulness that Ryan describes and encourages.
And creativity and innovation - two of America's greatest strengths - are greatly enhanced when the brain is better integrated, allowing all of our abilities to be more online and active. Ryan visited the neuroimaging labs of leading universities to see for himself the excellent evidence for mindfulness meditations positive effects on areas and pathways that support better brain function (creativity, curiosity, collaboration, and more), including healthy, balanced empathy, which is necessary if we're not going to remain in stubborn, fear-and-anger-based gridlock.
Mindfulness practice requires no change of religion, doesn't turn you into a wuss, won't make you complacent, doesn't promote rabid self-involvement, or any of the other fear-based (not evidence-based) "worries" about mindfulness practice.
Bravo to Congressman Ryan for a solid, substantive, highly practical book with an evidence-based plan for getting out of some of the bigger quagmires challenging this incredible nation of ours. May he be joined by millions.