US Congressman Tim Ryan Speaks on "A Mindful Nation"

 Naropa University presents Congressman Tim Ryan
Evening Will Feature a Talk by the Congressman on his New Book, "A Mindful Nation"

tim-ryanBoulder, Colo (April 3, 2012) -- Naropa University presents Congressman Tim Ryan for a community talk and book signing for his newly released book A Mindful Nation (Hay House) on Monday April 30, 2012 at 7 p.m. at Naropa's Nalanda Events Center, 6287 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder Colorado, 80302. This event is free and open to the public. Representative Ryan will be introduced by Representative Jared Polis, (Colorado District-2) and Naropa President John Whitehouse Cobb.

Tim Ryan was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2002, at the age of 29, and is currently serving in his fifth term representing Ohio's 17th Congressional District. He maintains a strong commitment to the economic and social well-being of his constituents in northeast Ohio. He serves as a member of the House Armed Services Committee, as well as its Subcommittees on Readiness and on Emerging Threats and Capabilities. He also serves as a member of the House Budget Committee and co-chairman of the Congressional Manufacturing Caucus.

Congressman Ryan has maintained a daily mindfulness meditation practice, which he began with meditation instructor and author John Kabat Zinn, at the Mindfulness Institute in ... He has been an outspoken advocate for promoting mindfulness practice as an aid to dealing with the variety of complex problems facing the nation. During his tenure in the House, he has helped to get mindfulness and social and emotional learning programs established in several schools in his district. He also spearheaded a conference at a medical school in his district on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. Before being elected to Congress, Ryan served in the Ohio State Senate, as president of the Trumbull County Young Democrats, as chairman of Earning by Learning in Warren, Ohio, and as a congressional aide. Congressman Ryan's book, A Mindful Nation, is available at bookstores around the country.

While at Naropa the Congressman will be discussing his new book, and the importance of slowing down as a nation and finding and paying attention to our inner resources through the use of contemplative practices. Ryan believes that through applying mindfulness practice to ourselves and our communities we can better face the problems concerning society and the country as a whole.