Sunday, October 26, 2014

Meditation Sessions Become a Hit In Dysfunctional Congress

Meditation sessions have become a wildly popular pastime in Congress ahead of votes, although the practice is far more common among Democrats than Republicans.
Rep. Tim Ryan began organizing two weekly meditation sessions at the start of the 113th Congress almost two years ago. One session is open to staff and one to members of Congress, which Ohio Democrat Ryan calls the “Quiet Time Caucus.”
These are held from 6 to 6:30 p.m. before votes begin each week the House is in session.
Ryan tells Page Six he’s trying to persuade more members to join.
“The more staffers on the Hill who are meditating, the more it will help Congress. It’s mainly Democrats [in the group], we haven’t had a Republican yet. It is not something you can force somebody to do. We have teachers come in who teach different forms of meditation, mostly people who are working with veterans. Meditation has proven very helpful in getting veterans off their medications. We have Vietnam vets who say they haven’t had a good night’s sleep for years before this.”
The trend’s already caught on with hedge-fund moguls from Dan Loeb to Ray Dalio (who says it makes him feel like “a ninja in a fight”) and Holly­wood players includingMartin Scorsese.
Ryan believes meditation can also help pols be better at their jobs, explaining, “There is a value in having some quiet time before votes — it can help anyone make better decisions.” (MORE)

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