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Topic - Tim Ryan
A northeast Ohio congressman is getting star treatment over his practice of mindfulness.
The House Ethics Committee dismissed cases against Democratic Reps. Tim Ryan of Ohio and Gregory Meeks of New York without any disciplinary action.
Rep. Tim Ryan asserts that mindfulness not only can help individuals cope with the pressures of modern life, but also help treat traumatized veterans, raise better-educated children and reduce ballooning health care costs — all while fostering a less divisive, more productive Washington culture in which solving problems takes precedence over scoring political points.
In what's become a daily ritual, Tim Ryan finds a quiet spot, closes his eyes, clears his mind and tries to tap into the eternal calm. In Ryan's world, it's a stretch for people to get this relaxed. He's a member of Congress.
Increasingly, people in settings beyond the serene yoga studio or contemplative nature path are engaging in the practice of mindfulness, a mental technique that dwells on breathing, attention to areas of the body and periods of silence to concentrate on the present rather than the worries of yesterday and tomorrow.
It looks like one of Capitol Hill's most memorable characters won't be coming back for an encore.
Mr. Ryan insists that his bill, which authorizes the Commerce Department to impose duties on imported Chinese goods if China continues to depress the value of its currency, complies with World Trade Organization rules.