February 7th, 2015
Natural Awakenings DC Edition November 2013 featured the Mindful Nation Foundation and its initial focus on helping Veterans overcome the trauma of war and rebuild their lives in society.
What if America’s combat veterans were able to combine their formidable skills with inner awareness training and mind-body healing practices? Imagine public schools and VFW halls in urban and rural communities across the country becoming centers of social renewal, staffed up with a corps of veterans turned educators and trauma recovery specialists. This is the vision of Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH), author of A Mindful Nation, whose ideas inspired the creation of the new Mindful Nation Foundation.
The Mindful Nation movement will raise awareness by showcasing people enjoying the benefits of mindful living through ambassadors, media and social networks. It will connect various experts, programs and organizations that focus on helping people relieve the stresses of modern life through the practice of mindfulness, meditation and other contemplative techniques to people who are inspired to learn more. According to the director Krishna Pendyala, the organization’s ultimate goal is to create a society which has “pupil-centered education, patient-centered healthcare, people-centered policies and community-centered businesses.” Read more...