The Mindful Congress?

Via Erica Hamilton
on Sep 15, 2011
get elephant's newsletter

Thich Nhat Hanh to Lead a Retreat for Members of Congress.

The words “mindful” and “Congress” are rarely juxtaposed, perhaps because cynicism tends to pervade our views of Capitol Hill. Is it impossible for Members of Congress to bring mindfulness to their work? Thich Nhat Hanh has confidence in the capacity of Members of Congress to practice mindfulness.

Thich Nhat Hanh will be giving a lecture and leading an overnight mindfulness retreat in late October for Members of Congress, their family members and Congressional staff.

In September of 2003 Thich Nhat Hanh gave a lecture to approximately 400 Congressional staff and Members of Congress in Washington, D.C. He also led a similar retreat to the one he is planning to lead in October. Almost 30 people attended the retreat and many reported that they saw the importance of slowing down and making time for reflection.

Tim Ryan from Ohio is a mindful Congressman. He has practiced mindfulness meditation for years and advocates for mindfulness programs in schools, the military and in health care systems. It’s a start, but we can do more to encourage Members of Congress to practice mindfulness, especially when they are on the job.

To learn more about how you can encourage Members of Congress to attend Thich Nhat Hanh’s forthcoming lecture and retreat for Member of Congress and Congressional staff, visit the Plum Village website.

Imagine Members of Congress speaking mindfully and making conscientious decisions!

Photo credit: Erica Hamilton


About Erica Hamilton

Erica Shane Hamilton is the founder of Mind-Body Wellness, a wellness practice in Uppsala, Sweden. She is also the director of the non-profit website, Patient Corps, which links patients with volunteer opportunities. Erica holds a Ph.D. in psychology from Saybrook University and she is an ordained member of the Order of Interbeing in the Zen Buddhist tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. Erica's Twitter name is EricaSHamilton and her blog is Determined to Heal.


8 Responses to “The Mindful Congress?”

  1. yogiclarebear says:

    Wow Erica this is so awesome. Thank you for bringing this to attention. I am going to support this as best I can!

  2. Thank you for supporting this effort!

  3. […] about “Creating a Mindful Society.” Thich Nhat Hanh — as our friends at Elephant reported this weekend — is going to be “giving a lecture and leading an overnight mindfulness […]

  4. yogiclarebear says:

    Well, I got one denial so far from one of my Congressman. Will keep the putting word out!

  5. […] More on this story here. […]

  6. Hello There. I discovered your weblog using msn. This is an extremely smartly written article. I will make sure to bookmark it and come back to learn more of your helpful info. Thank you for the post. I’ll certainly comeback.

  7. cystic acne says:

    naturally like your web-site but you need to check the spelling on several of your posts. A number of them are rife with spelling issues and I find it very bothersome to tell the reality nevertheless I’ll certainly come again again.