First summit on mindful politics at the House of Commons
Last Tuesday the UK hosted the first summit on mindful politics at the House of Commons. MPs and government ministers from 15 countries meditated together at an event to explore whether mindfulnes can help reset the conduct of national and international politics.
The event, claimed to be the world first, had been organised by senior Conservative and Labour MPs "to help political leaders stay resilient, clear-minded and creative in the face of constant change."
Tim Ryan, a Republican US presidential hopeful for 2020 joined remotely. Ryan said "Mindful meditation allows me to take timeout, step back and see issues as interconnected. That kind of big-picture problem-solving is desperately lacking in both US political parties today, and has in many cases been replaced with an almost hyper-partisan kind of hate,"
Labour MP. Chris Ruane, who has practised meditation for a decade and is co-chair with Tim Loughton a Conservative former minister, of the all-party parliamentary group on mindfulness, said "If you make decisions from a position of balance and equilibrium, it is far better, not just for personal but political decisions that affect a whole nation. If you are aware of what is happening in your mind and body you can see it is an immediate reaction and think: I have to slow-down, contain it and give a more considered response.
Part of the course offered to UK MPs examines the difference between reaction and response, or as Ruane puts it, "knowing when to hold your finger (on social media) or to hold your tongue."
"If you are aware of what is happening in your mind and body you can see it is an immediate reaction and think: I have to slow down, contain it and give a more considered response."
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