Citizens, take heart! There is hope in Washington!
We have long awaited some sign that someone in congressional circles
genuinely cares about what they do, and a tangible beacon has been lit, a
trumpet has been sounded.
Let me say that this is not intended as a book review per se. But a reading of Congressman Ryan's recent offering, A Mindful Nation,
gives notice to all of us that a long-awaited and badly-needed shift in
thinking is in the works. It goes far beyond being Republican,
Democrat, Tea Party or Independent; transcends the labels of
conservative or liberal, right or left. It is a new and essential
approach to government as exists in many other occupations, including
but not limited to the healing arts.
We are told at the outset that Congressman Ryan had much of his
thinking transformed by meditation and deep introspection, with a sense
of purpose and responsibility to those he serves and to all of society.
I was proud of our nation when we elected our first African-American
president and when the themes of hope and change pervaded our thinking
and collective American attitude. But, as reflected in my own
and others' previous HuffPost entries, there was the fear and the
caveat that there had to be a totality of cooperation and abs, if any of
this optimism could take root. No one group or faction is to blame.
Many have suggested spirituality as a solution to what ails us. We must
each make ourselves better equipped to follow this direction. I know my
ideas are not novel, but to see an outward manifestation of this attempt
on the part of one of our congressional leaders gives more than hope.
Just maybe, it will prove contagious. In fact, I hope epidemic for those
in equivalent positions of influence, corporate or public..
Many metaphysical and holistic practices are much more mainstream in
our society these days. Multitudes of people are taking yoga, practicing
meditation with amazing dividends, taking classes in alternative
medicine modalities, such as shiatsu massage, reflexology, reiki, many
of whom are medical practitioners and providers. Hospitals and nursing
homes are encouraging their staff members to pursue these crafts, and in
some cases, requiring familiarity with their offshoots. The patients
and clients benefit. There are now movements of lawyers who adopt
holistic procedures in their practices. (See my post here.)
Congressman Ryan talks about medical research confirming the
effectiveness of mindfulness, its use in child development and conflict
resolution, help to the military, labor leadership. What really
impressed me was the fact that it was published by Hay House, the home
of the holistic and spiritual greats of our planet, such as Deepak
Chopra, Wayne Dyer, Louise Hay and many more luminaries. They saw in the
book and in the author his depth and genuineness of motive.
Each governmental leader, from the president on down, and each
lawmaker and staff member, must each day, take a pause and ask his or
her deity of choice, "What do You want me to do today? What should I be
doing for those I serve? What is my primary purpose in life?" And sit
in quiet meditation to get the answers which can come through thoughts,
through other people, through signs, messages, and life's unique
signals. And which should be heeded.
These few extra steps can produce time- and life-saving results, and get us back to where we and the whole world need to be.