Congressman Tim Ryan on the benefits of Meditation v. Stress.

Via Waylon Lewis
on May 4, 2010
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congressman tim ryan meditation stress

The other day I was working with my staff (read: Lindsey) at Buchanan’s on the Hill (okay, we got four more PT staff, and three interns, but Lindsey’s been our rock over the past year, god bless ‘er), a college-ee coffeeshop. The internet sucked, but it was awesome to be surrounded by stressed-out finals-undergoing co-eds college kids.

Made me feel young again, for a minute.

Halfway through our work session James Gimian, a friend, senior Buddhist student and teacher, a mentor-from-afar and publisher of the Shambhala Sun magazine called. He talked on about a bunch of inspiring things—but one of the things he mentioned that excited me most was his meeting and hanging out with Congressman Tim Ryan.

My Congressman, Jared Polis, is awesome. He’s been really supportive of elephant and myself over the years, god bless ‘im, even touring me about a bit in DC and appearing on our talk show twice and writing an article for us and working with New Era Colorado, an organization I love that works to get young people psyched on and active in politics. Congressman Jared Polis has been a friend to the populous Buddhist community here in Boulder, even attending our New Year with yours truly a month or so ago, and sending his staff to learn meditation, both are our big local Boulder Shambhala Meditation Center.

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But Congressman Tim Ryan is really, personally into this meditation stuff. Not as a lifestyle thing, or a spiritual thing, but as something practical, and ordinary. That’s personally exciting. I want to run for Congress—you know, after I’ve saved my house from foreclosure—and I always thought I’d have to down-low my Buddhist training. Ah, progress.

Check it: Congressman Ryan Discusses Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction with HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius:


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


8 Responses to “Congressman Tim Ryan on the benefits of Meditation v. Stress.”

  1. penelope says:

    Waylon, did you really write "co-eds"? I a little surprised because although you seem to out yourself occasionally for sexism and ineptitude with women, I thought you were way too young and too hip to use such an appalling phrase. Were you describing many women in the cafe with you or were you perhaps twisting that bizarre phrase to suggest that there were men an women from CU there? Either way, it was too distracting to let pass without comment.
    Disclaimer: I'm Australian, a woman… so perhaps its just a cultural cringe…

  2. Hunh. Yah, I was referring to men and women. Does it just mean women? I'm happy to amend if it's offensive, had no idea.

  3. Ricardo says:

    Very cool and very inspiring about Tim Ryan. Things like this give us hope that the world is changing, one person at a time… and sometimes one influential person at a time too.

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