February 7th, 2015
Living in the Moment Could Do Us All Some Good
By Joe Hallett, The Columbus Dispatch
Listening to Ryan discuss [A Mindful Nation] over coffee last week reminded me of sitting with a circle of hippies on the College Green at Ohio University in the ’60s. But I digress. Ryan wants us to live in the moment, not the past, and the difference between that long-ago circle and sitting across a table from the congressman was that Ryan actually made sense.
Still, as he talked about mindfulness, disciplining the mind to find comfort in silence, healing power in contentment, and getting lost in the moment, it felt like I was in the presence of some Zen guy rather than a former star high-school quarterback — certainly not the stereotypical politician who lies whenever his lips are moving.
And when I asked Ryan why it is important to live in the moment, any resemblance he had to a politician vanished, because no politician says things like this and gets re-elected: “It’s the only time that really is. It’s the only time that really exists. The past is a memory and the future is a hope. But the moment, this moment, is where we are.”. . . Read the full article at The Columbus Dispatch here!