Best TED Talks: Mindfulness
No Yoga, No Incense, No Chanting!
What Is Mindfulness #1 Andy Puddicombe
The reason behind my listening journey began 15 years ago when I was traveling in Malaysia. On our way to a local tourist center our bus broke down and our very apologetic guide (wanting to keep us entertained) asked if we had any questions about his country. In the distance I could see a very shiny building so I asked him what it was. “It’s a temple, we have a lot of them!” What followed was the best 30 minutes of my time in Malaysia! He asked our permission to talk about Buddhism and the importance of mindfulness. During the conversation (after I confided that my mind refuses to be still even for a second) he told me, “You have a naughty monkey mind!’ He was right and it is exhausting!
Being retired I no longer have “going to work” as an excuse to avoid any form of self reflection and, as I posted in “Best Tips for Adjusting to Retirement”, keeping busy 24 hours a day is not a sustainable option !
Unfortunately,mindfulness books never held my attention past page 30 hence my discovery of TED Talks! Luckily for me the first TED Talk on mindfulness I listened to by Andy Puddicombe hit the spot! Let me know if it does the same for you!
Simple, unpretentious and with just the right amount of challenge for my “monkey mind!”
No Yoga, No Incense, No Chanting
What is Mindfulness #2 Dr Kasim al Meshat
With every TED talk mindfulness I listen to there is always one golden nugget of information! My “Ah Ha” moment happened when Dr Meshat explained why we often focus on negative thoughts
“Our minds have a negativity bias as a survival mechanism. We hear a rustle in the bushes and rather than think rabbit we think danger tiger! (wild pig or crocodile depending on where you come from!)
What Is Mindfulness #3 Diana Winston
Mentioning “research into mindfulness” may be a big turn off but I urge you to give this mindfulness TED Talk a chance. For me, it balanced out the other TED Talks in which the journey into mindfulness began in monasteries!
“The practice of mindfulness results in identifiable, positive brain changes”
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