METTA HOUR PODCAST • Episode 58 • Real Love Series • Congressman Tim Ryan Pt. 1

For episode eight of the Real Love Podcast Series, Sharon talks with Congressman Tim Ryan about love in the political landscape. Tim currently serves in the U.S. Congress representing Ohio’s 13th District. He was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2002. Aside from his leadership in the political arena, Tim is a tremendous advocate for mindfulness, and author of the book “A Mindful Nation”. Sharon and Tim discuss the importance and practice of real love in such critical and polarizing times in American and global politics, as well as value of quiet time and interdependence in community. Please note: this episode was cut short as Congressman Ryan was called to a vote, so the second half of the conversation will be recorded and released in a few weeks time. This podcast is the eighth episode of a weekly REAL LOVE PODCAST SERIES.

The Real Love Podcast Series is a special series on the Metta Hour featuring a variety of conversations with some of the world’s finest thinkers and teachers exploring Sharon’s new book “Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection“. Real Love a field guide for anyone seeking awakened living in the 21st century – regardless of age, race, gender, ethnicity or status. The book explores love is three different arena in life: love of oneself, love of an other, and love for all of life. Real Love is now available to order in hardcover, ebook and audiobook format.


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  • Anthea Karanasos

    So grateful to have discovered you & your podcast, Sharon. Funny thing … I first learned about mindfulness meditation practice while attending Mount Holyoke College as an undergrad in 2013-2014, just a few miles from Barre. I took a course on Buddhism & began attending Wednesday afternoon mindfulness meditations on campus to help ease the stress of college. Even as a *much older* college student in my 50’s at the time, the pressure & stress became enormous. It didn’t help that I was so far from home, which is near Seattle, WA. Thank you for your work and dedication. Looking forward to reading your new book and listening to all of your podcasts, including the 2nd part of the one with Tim Ryan!


  • Molly Krochalk

    This podcast was very helpful. It reminded me of the value in listening to my neighbors and finding common ground. I often feel like I have to make grand gestures to make a difference, but I could simply start by talking to the woman on our block who is often alone walking her dog. I’m so glad to know that Tim Ryan is doing this work in Congress!

May all beings be happy ♡