A Plain Dealer article from Saturday goes into more detail, but the idea of staring at a raisin comes from one of the first exercises behind this way of thinking. A student gazes at a raisin and holds it to their lips without eating it then they squeeze the raisin to hear its sound. By the time they actually eat the raisin they are aware of all of the sensory urges that it elicits. Apparently the awareness is the lesson.Today, the Washington Post reported that Tim Ryan was arrested in Virginia in August for stumbling around in public in a state of apparent intoxication.
When asked by the Plain Dealer to explain himself, Ryan, who wants to be governor, said he was walking funny due to "an old football injury."
Uh...sure. This guy travels the country telling people about how much healthier he is because of his raisin fondling, but he can't walk down the street without appearing drunk to an experienced police officer?
Ryan got his case dismissed, probably due to being a Congressman. Lucky for him. I don't think "mindfulness" would go over too well in the joint.