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A Mindful Nation

Community Action Book Club

This month’s selection was suggested by
Ted Edlich, President & CEO of Total Action for Progress, Inc.
TAP is a Community Action Agency based in Roanoke, Virginia

SELECTION FOR NOVEMBER 2013

A Mindful Nation: How a Simple Practice Can Help Us Reduce Stress,
Improve Performance, and Recapture the American Spirit

by Congressman Tim Ryan, 203 pages, published March 27, 2012

A Mindful Nation paints a picture of emerging solutions
that both benefit the reader and address the societal difficulties we are facing.”
From Publisher Description

**DON'T MISS** Questions for Readers to Explore
Scroll down for review, author interview and more

What we need in the United States is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred. . . but love and wisdom, and compassion toward one another.
Robert F. Kennedy

Discussion Forum

Readers are encouraged to add comments at the end of this posting to describe how the book relates to your work, your thoughts on issues brought out by the author, your overall impressions of the book, etc. - see Guidelines for Comments.

From the Publisher

In A Mindful Nation, Congressman Tim Ryan connects the dots between what’s happening in the classrooms, hospitals, boardrooms, research labs, and military bases across the country.  He explores the scientific findings that support the beneficial effects of mindfulness and shares powerful stories from the field, showing how this simple practice is helping schoolchildren improve their ability to learn, veterans heal from trauma, and CEOs become more effective leaders.  Ryan also provides practical tips for how to incorporate mindfulness into your life today, and includes instructions from a qualified teacher for simple mindfulness and kindness practices you can do.

Mindfulness and Community Action

Many businesses have included mindfulness training within their organizations such as Google, Target, General Mills, Aetna International, Ford Motor Company, and Facebook.  Watch for the upcoming Virtual CAP posting on Google's efforts with mindfulness training that reflects how participants can expect to:

Develop agile and adaptive mindsets

Enhance creativity

Develop better decision-making skills

Enhance mental fitness and clarity

Develop greater self-awareness

Increase engagement

Reduce stress responses

Enhance emotion regulation and mastery

Develop greater emotional intelligence

Increase resilience

Develop better communication skills

Experience greater overall wellbeing

Source: Search Inside Yourself  leadership Institute- see SIYLI Program Information

Mindfulness At Work: 5 Tricks For A Healthier, Less Stressful Work Day – The Huffington Post, June 24, 2013

A Guide to Mindfulness at Work – Forbes, October 31, 2012

Stayed Tuned for More

Watch for additional Virtual CAP postings this month on topics such as: Mindfulness as a Tool for Organizational and Social Change, Mindfulness in the Workplace, and Mindfulness Can Help You Become a Better Leader.

Questions to Explore

Taken/adapted from workshop on Sustaining Self: How to Create a Practice for Creating and Sustaining Well-being in the Workplace, Even During Difficult Times by Lisa Hoffman - CompassPoint Nonprofit Services Nonprofit Day 2011.
  • What’s the State of Your Self-Care Ship?
    • What challenges your self-care?
    • What encourages your self-care?
  • Work: Depletion or Nourishment?
    • Why do you do the work that you do?
    • What Encourages Your Self-Care?
  • Building Your Self-Care Plan
    • List your self-care goals
    • Describe ways that you can work toward achieving your self-care goals

Please LET US KNOW if you have any suggested titles for future selections.

Press Coverage

Inspiring a Mindful Nation: An Interview with Tim Ryan, The Huffington Post, May 20, 2012

Videos

See A Mindful Nation online for additional videos and related information.

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