We’re constantly learning new ways that mindfulness can help focus and build resilience and awareness. Research shows it can also help us find some stability during stressful times. And who would know that better than a politician embroiled in daily Washington gridlock?
Tim Ryan, a congressman in Ohio, believes mindfulness can help
Veterans Are Turning to Mindfulness
An increasing number of veterans are turning to mindfulness to cope with combat-related PTSD. And if Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) has anything to say about it, mindfulness will be offered as a treatment option to every U.S. veteran.
“There’s a chance that a lot of these men and woman will kill themselves, and, to me, that’s unacceptable,” says Ryan. Ryan helped introduce a bill that would support bringing integrative health to Veterans Affairs and mindfulness techniques into the military as part of basic training, making members of the military “more proficient in how to deal with trauma”—a concept investigated recently by research on Marines and mindfulness.
Getting members of congress interested and aware of mindfulness practices is part of the effort, but Ryan’s larger goal is to connect the dots between all the different organizations and individuals promoting and practicing mindfulness, so that “all these different elements can see themselves as a broader coalition of like-minded people.”