As a new year goes into full swing, meditation is once again gaining recognition in an arena where tranquility and a sense of calm doesn’t always come naturally – namely, Capitol Hill.
Meditation has been available to members of Congress, senators and their staff for several years. But every so often, the national headlines note the trend.
As well as the key politicians who swear by mindfulness meditation as a resource for performing their duties to their best abilities.
Ohio Representative Tim Ryan
Ohio Representative Tim Ryan is arguably the movement’s biggest cheerleader in the political realm.
Rep. Ryan regularly frequents meditation sessions on the Hill, and there are several ongoing options available.
He also wrote a 2012 book called “A Mindful Nation,” which chronicles how meditation can be an effective tool in the classrooms, hospitals, boardrooms, research labs and military bases across the country.
Ryan also shares stories from people who have personally benefited from meditation. These people include veterans healing from trauma and CEOs who want to become more effective leaders, as well as scientifically backed studies to make his case for mindfulness meditation.
Advocates in the World of Politics
Rep. Ryan may be one of the biggest proponents of meditation, but he’s certainly not the only advocate in the world of politics.
And people who practice mindfulness meditation will agree that having meditation centers and trusted meditation specialists available for politicians on both sides of the aisle can go a long way in helping people work effectively in a heated profession.
After all, just think of the benefits that mindfulness meditation provides, which can greatly benefit our country’s leaders.
- Improves the decision-making process, allowing people to make sound judgments.
- Improves negotiation and communicating skills.
- Allows people to see things from other points of view, and have more compassion for others.
- Helps people focus on the tasks and problems at hand that are the most important, instead of feeling stressed or panicked, and not being able to get things done.
- Reduces stress in the work environment, allowing people to approach every problem, issue, or decision with a clear head.
Several recent articles and blogs have touted how meditation can do a lot of good in the DC area. And as more and more politicians embrace the practice, it’s safe to say that the “trend” of meditation on Capitol Hill is not going away anytime soon.
Granted, meditation isn’t a large movement in the Halls of Congress just yet.
But the staffers, senators and members of Congress who have tried the practice report excellent results, which includes a better ability to do their job, and a better sense of well-being.
This ancient practice is gaining steam in corporate and political sectors all over the world.
It’s promising that politicians are starting to seek out tools that will help them do their job, and which may even make our nation better in the process.
Now, do you have to be a Washington DC mover and shaker, or a Fortune 500 CEO, to fully enjoy mindfulness meditation’s benefits? Of course not!
Having a professional teacher on your side will go a long way in getting you started. Once you’re on the path, you’ll be amazed at how far meditation will take you.
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