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Mon Apr 9, 2012, 04:38 PM

Democratic congressman Tim Ryan was just on MSNBC talking about mindfulness meditation

I only caught the last 30 seconds,
he has a new book out.

edit to add: this was the Dylan Ratigan show and it looked like a good interview.

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Reply Democratic congressman Tim Ryan was just on MSNBC talking about mindfulness meditation (Original post)
bananas Apr 2012 OP
onestepforward Apr 2012 #1
ellisonz Apr 2012 #2
bananas Apr 2012 #6
Odin2005 Apr 2012 #3
cliff48 Apr 2012 #4
silverweb Apr 2012 #5
marasinghe Apr 2012 #7
ellisonz Apr 2012 #8
marasinghe Apr 2012 #9
ellisonz Apr 2012 #10
nostalgicaboutmyfutr Apr 2012 #11
silverweb Apr 2012 #12

Response to bananas (Original post)

Tue Apr 10, 2012, 12:13 AM

1. I was curious about this and found the video:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/31510813/#46997405

Tim Ryan's new book is A Mindful Nation.

I enjoyed the interview! Thanks mentioning it!

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Response to onestepforward (Reply #1)

Tue Apr 10, 2012, 11:51 PM

2. Good interview!

Thanks for posting and thanks to bananas for mentioning!

Ohhhmmmm....

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Response to onestepforward (Reply #1)

Wed Apr 11, 2012, 05:42 PM

6. Thanks for the link, I posted it in the video forum

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Response to bananas (Original post)

Wed Apr 11, 2012, 01:36 AM

3. I heard him on NPR talking about it last week.

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Response to bananas (Original post)

Wed Apr 11, 2012, 01:13 PM

4. Maybe there is

some sanity among our leaders.

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Response to bananas (Original post)

Wed Apr 11, 2012, 03:03 PM

5. Saw that yesterday.

What struck me also is that he's Catholic and presented mindfulness as a natural technique of mind discipline, not an anti-Christian "religion" as some fundamentalists have tried to do.

It was a very good interview.

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Response to silverweb (Reply #5)

Wed Apr 11, 2012, 10:03 PM

7. "... presented mindfulness as a natural technique of mind discipline, not ... anti-Christian ..."

just in passing:

a family friend who was Jesuit Priest (also a practicing psychiatrist), told me a long time back that -- his local Jesuit chapter had adopted Buddhist "Walking (Mindfulness) Meditation", as part of their spiritual exercises. The Jesuits, of course, have practiced their own forms of meditation since the inception of the order.

my own friend who's an Episcopalian Christian, tells me that his own church, here on Long Island, NY -- served by the Episcopalian Franciscan order -- practices the Buddhist "Metta (Compassion) Meditation" regularly, every weekend. Of course, IMO -- aside from his Christian faith -- Francis of Assisi was a Buddhist in all but name.

there was Thomas Merton, the Trappist Monk & author of the "Seven Story Mountain", was a student & practitioner of Zen meditation.

in India, around the time of the later & more enlightened Mogul Emperors & possibly during the British colonial regime, it was customary for Buddhist Monks, Hindu Yogis & Muslim Sufis, to have regular gatherings & practice their different forms of meditation, in a group.

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Response to marasinghe (Reply #7)

Thu Apr 12, 2012, 04:40 AM

8. St. Ignatius of Loyola...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spiritual_Exercises_of_Ignatius_of_Loyola

If you go to the links you can find full text.

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Response to ellisonz (Reply #8)

Thu Apr 12, 2012, 08:47 PM

9. thanks, e_z.

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Response to marasinghe (Reply #9)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 04:01 AM

10. You're welcome...

I kinda like that. I could rock it like e.e. cummings

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Response to marasinghe (Reply #7)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 11:47 AM

11. like!

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Response to marasinghe (Reply #7)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 03:38 PM

12. Yes.

My Catholic experience also encouraged meditation, though it was usually directed in terms of focusing on one aspect of the life of Christ or one of the saints, which is somewhat different from mindfulness.

The people screaming "anti-Christian" are not Catholics, but the raving lunatic fundies who think Harry Potter, Halloween, and anything without an Aryan Republican Jesus blazoned all over it are "satanic."

Fully agree about Francis of Assisi. I've always loved him, and read an article at one point showing strong parallels between St. Francis and the Buddha; unfortunately can't find it right now.

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