Is a Quiet Revolution Catching On In Congress?


Is a quiet revolution catching on in Congress? Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan is encouraging meditation through his “Quiet Caucus”.

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  1. suzann on 23.02.2014 at 19:59 (Reply)

    I think this is wonderful, even as an extrovert (off the charts) I have also been a meditator for 40 years and know this value of quiet time.

  2. okl on 25.02.2014 at 22:01 (Reply)

    I have yet to read the book, but i have listened to your speech on TED, which i thought was great. however, i note that you did not touch on other cultures- mainly asian.

    just thought it might be of interest to you that being an Asian myself, i know that “quiet” is pretty much in our culture.

    so although there is a tendency in the modern asian society to value leadership/extroverts (due in no small part to the constant drumming in mainstream society to take the lead), i’d like to think that this is “resisted” by the implicit understanding in asian culture to appreciate the unspoken or less publicized views of the quiet/introverts.

    you might want to speak or look into how asian cultures balance this in the future!

    many thanks for the TED talk and i’m looking forward to reading your book soon!


  3. Red Dog on 26.02.2014 at 23:49 (Reply)

    Your tax dollars at work. Along with the Congressional barber shop, Congressional lunches, Congressional gym, etc. etc. And they also get a medical plan that is not subject to the imposition of Obamacare rules. On top of all this they now get a free meditation session. Who wouldn’t enjoy the benefits of being a congressman? That’s where all the perks are, in addition to their generous base pay.

    Where are these perks for the ordinary citizen? The unemployed can sit at home and meditate on their own. No meditation guru hired at government expense will be there to guide them…

  4. Red Dog on 26.02.2014 at 23:56 (Reply)

    The list of perks is longer than you might think:

  5. Bumbaaraa on 28.03.2014 at 04:35 (Reply)

    Is the guy on the back Sleeping?

  6. Shawn on 19.11.2014 at 17:19 (Reply)

    Despite what your views are on our government, this is a step in the right direction. Imagine if all of our representatives slowed down and took the time to practice mindfulness or meditate. I commend Tim Ryan for speaking about this, as I’m sure it’s not a hot button issue for Congress members.

  7. connie on 26.02.2015 at 13:43 (Reply)

    I was meditating for 20 minutes at work in my office woth a door, with a sign on my door saying I am meditating come back in 20 minutes. I am a manager working in what is called continuous improvement. My colleague complained to my boss and said that I was insulting and throwing it in their faces and I should stop immediately. This is an a culture that advocates wellness, has meetings on mindfulness and yoga at lunch. I think there is a very large gap between saying things and then seeing them be done.

    I was very hurt and disappointed. I consider myself a little more than half an introvert but have been a fake extrovert for many years.

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1. There’s a word for “people who are in their heads too much”: thinkers.

2. Our culture rightly admires risk-takers, but we need our “heed-takers” more than ever.

3. Solitude is a catalyst for innovation.

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