Its power may be new to some, but the practice of mindfulness is no new concept. Everybody’s favourite expert forum, and all-around doer of good, TED, have dabbled in the benefits of mindfulness for a few years now, with many TED talks about mindfulness.
So we have done the hard work for you. Here is a list of the six best TED Talks about mindfulness. Watch, and start your mindfulness journey today.
When is the last time you did absolutely nothing for 10 whole minutes? Not texting, talking or even thinking? Mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe describes the transformative power of doing just that: Refreshing your mind for 10 minutes a day, just by being mindful and experiencing the present moment. (No need for incense or sitting in uncomfortable positions.) – TED.com
How do we change? In this pioneering talk, Dr Shauna Shapiro draws on modern neuroscience and ancient wisdom to demonstrate how mindfulness can help us make positive changes in our brains and our lives. TEDx
Rev. Takafumi Kawakami, Deputy Head Priest at Kyoto’s Shunkoin Temple, embraces the skill of mindfulness as the centre of Zen Buddhism and meditation, inspiring us all to slow our frantic lives to stay true to the present. TEDx
How is the Self-represented in the brain and how is it sculpted through our everyday moment-to-moment perceptions, emotions, and thoughts? Cognitive Neuroscientist, David Vago demonstrates that a systematic form of mental training involving meditation and mindful awareness has the potential to transform our self and our spiritual habits positively. Learn more about how every moment is an opportunity to change our brain and strongly influence our health & longevity at both conscious and non-conscious levels. TEDx
How teaching mindfulness to elementary school children can reduce violence and create peace in our communities, one bell at a time. TEDx
Simple, profound truths are the realm of this Buddhist nun. Her message? The gift of happiness indeed lies within our hearts and minds. Gen Kelsang Nyema, exuding a peacefulness that immediately connects with the audience, starts by asking three questions: Are you having a good day? Why? Tomorrow, would you rather have a good day or a bad day? She teaches that we cannot put our happiness at the whim of other people and circumstances. If we want to be happy, we have to “stop outsourcing our happiness to other people” and cultivate a source of inner peace. What happens next is quite astounding.
The whole crowd of 350+ people proceeds to meditate with Nyema. There’s a little squirming at first, but as she leads the audience through a civil citation of how to rest the mind, audience members feel a collective relaxation flow into the room and through the people. Fascinating! Refreshing. TEDx