The Fine Print
Of all the ways to describe the atmosphere of Capitol Hill, “peaceful” is not usually among them. But one congressman is hoping to change that by encouraging members of Congress and their staff to spend some time each day in quiet contemplation.
In a nondescript room on Capitol Hill recently, “The Fine Print” met up with Ohio Democrat Tim Ryan as he joined about 20 Congressional staffers in a guided meditation session.
“I have a quiet strategy happening where I am talking with members of Congress, giving them articles on science behind it,” said Ryan, who started meditating in 2008.
“It just seems like everybody is going faster on a treadmill that just keeps getting faster and steeper and harder to just kind of ground yourself at some point during the day,” he said. “So, for me, it's been very helpful in combating sort of the high levels of stress and distraction from technology and information overload.”
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