BB&R Consulting is excited to announce our first confirmed speaker for the 2014 Achieving Optimal Health Conference, Congressman Tim Ryan! Please read more about his Mindfulness Meditation session on Capitol Hill last week.
WASHINGTON — When it comes to selling his colleagues on the benefits of meditation, Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) is a patient man.
Only a handful of lawmakers come to his Quiet Caucus gatherings, which he’s been holding weekly for nearly a year and a half as a way for members to ground themselves amid the chaotic pace of Congress. The sessions his office offers to congressional staffers fare slightly better — a few dozen aides come together periodically for guided meditation and talks by leading voices in holistic health practices. But that’s out of more than 24,000 Hill staffers.
“It’s slow-going,” Ryan conceded.
But he’s not giving up. As part of a renewed push to infuse mindfulness into the halls of Congress, Ryan on Wednesday hosted the first in what he hopes will become a series of sessions featuring professional athletes and military veterans sharing stories about how meditation has helped them, mentally and physically.