Mindfulness, the practice of bringing your mind into the present moment, is a powerful tool to help you discover during the craziness of the day. If you haven’t thought about adding it to your everyday life, it may be time to reconsider.
With all these benefits, it’s no surprise that TED has invited multiple notable speakers to share their experiences with mindfulness. Be inspired to incorporate mindfulness in your daily routine with a few of these powerful TED Talks about mindfulness, meditation, and discovering calm in your life.
1. “All it takes is 10 mindful minutes” – Andy Puddicombe
As the CEO of Headspace, the popular meditation app, Andy Puddicombe knows the importance of meditation and mindfulness. Your brain is your body’s most powerful instrument, yet we rarely take time to recharge it. Fortunately, if you have just ten minutes to spare, you have plenty of time to take care of your brain…all you need to do is practice mindfulness.
2. “The art of stillness” – Pico Iyer
Travel writer Pico Iyer knows that one of life’s greatest luxuries is empty space. In this talk, he shares his experiences in stillness and going “nowhere.” He knows that to truly enjoy life’s experiences, you must truly pay attention, and that you can only really pay attention when you slow down.
3. “The practice of mindfulness” – Diana Winston
Diana Winston is the director of Mindfulness Education at UCLA’s Mindfulness Awareness Center. Before that, she was a Buddhist monk; she has more than 20 years of experience in the study and practice of mindfulness. In her talk, she starts with the story of her first attempt at mindfulness and goes on to discuss how it has profoundly impacted her life. She explains that just a few moments of mindfulness can create a lasting impact on our everyday lives and relationships.
4. “Mindfulness and Healing” – Shannon Paige
Shannon Paige battled cervical cancer and won, but then found herself up against different beasts – depression and anxiety. She discovered yoga, not as a cure for depression, but as a way to get back into her body and change the mind. Through this, she found mindfulness can create a state of empowerment, stability, and release.
5. “The Power of Mindfulness: What You Practice Grows Stronger” – Shauna Shapiro
Dr. Shauna Shapiro knows that being in the present moment can be tough. But she also knows that being more mindful can be transformative. She uses modern neuroscience and ancient wisdom to show how mindfulness can help make positive changes in our brains and our lifestyles.
6. “Don’t try to be mindful” – Daron Larson
It’s easy to get frustrated with practicing mindfulness if you don’t instantly feel results.
Daron Larson practiced mindfulness for 13 years and felt it slowly transform his life – he just had to stop looking for the results to start to see them. Here, he talks about how mindfulness helps us burst out of the narrative restraints we put on ourselves and accept obstacles as part of our lives. Stop checking out when it gets hard. Tune in and practice mindfulness instead.
7. “The habits of happiness” – Matthieu Ricard
What does mindfulness have to do with happiness? Buddhist monk, author, and photographer Matthieu Ricard has devoted his life to the pursuit of happiness. In this talk, he shares his findings on meditation, mindfulness, and training the brain to become happier. If you could create a path towards happiness, wouldn’t you?
Once these TED Talks have inspired you to start on your mindfulness journey, you can begin with this guide. You can also find guided meditations with renowned leaders Thich Nhat Hanh and Deepak Chopra. To discover even more calm in your life and better manage stress, use Spire to give you a gentle reminder to bring mindfulness to your breath.