Mindfulness In Congress & Our Nation: A Most Difficult Task

Leave the first response August 16, 2012 / Posted in Meditation, Mindful Business, Mindful Leadership, Oz Archives

Having watched Captain Jack, the story of lobbyist, Jack Abrahamoff, played by Kevin Spacey, I am appreciative of the work that Tim Ryan champions in his work: A Mindful Nation: How a Simple Practice Can Help Us Reduce Stress, Improve Performance, and Recapture the American Spirit.

It is an amazing journey that we are on in this election year. It will take a lot of mindful citizens speaking out and asking the questions that need to be asked. What do we stand for? And if we know what our leaders stand for and what we stand for; we should also be able to see by their/our actions what they/we don’t or won’t stand for.

I GET WHAT I TOLERATE

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American Revolution Cartoon

American Revolution Cartoon

I have much to do to educate myself. As I looked up some background on Captain Jack, I became more aware of my own mindlessness regarding my political system and my country.

Here is a list of Federal Political Scandals that is a reminder of Lord Acton’s comment: All power tends to corrupt. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. The list looks at scandals in the Executive, Legislative and Judicial Branches. One might say that it is not about one party or the other as they both tend to be equal opportunity offenders.

…not included in this article are pervasive systemic scandals, such as the role of money in “normal” politics which purchases access and influence. Neither are ‘revolving door’ stories, which is the practice of hiring government officials to promote or lobby for companies they were recently paid to regulate. Though some rules now apply, to a great extent this is legal in the United States.

Politicians are those who make their living primarily in politics, their staffs and appointees. By definition, political scandals should involve politicians and not private citizens. Private citizens should be included only when they are closely linked to elected or appointed politicians such as party officials. Kenneth Lay of Enron, is a good example of such a citizen. This list also does not include crimes which occur outside the politician’s tenure unless they specifically stem from acts while they were in office.

Scope To keep the article a manageable size, Senators and Congressmen who are rebuked, admonished, condemned, suspended, found in contempt, found to have acted improperly, used poor judgement or were reprimanded by Congress are not included unless the scandal is exceptional or leads to expulsion.

The Mindfulness Revolution may be something I read to put Mindfulness in perspective while educating myself about the difficulties our political leaders face today. The difficulties I and my family faces in a nation divided and polarized.

A question I am asking myself is: What am I voting for? Rather than who am I voting for?

Move towards and practice Mindfulness. Remember or re-member:

I GET WHAT I TOLERATE

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Always about the finger-pointer

Always about the finger-pointer


When I point a finger and blame what I am pointing at; three of my fingers are always pointing back at me.

I GET WHAT I TOLERATE

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