10 TED talks on mindfulness and its benefits
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10 TED talks on mindfulness and its benefits

We live in a time of constant distraction. From smartphones to advertisements, there is always something bombarding us with information and fighting for our attention. The result is quite often anxiety, exhaustion, and a feeling that life is just passing way too fast.


One of the best ways to fight this, is to train our minds to be more present and resistant to distractions. And that is exactly what mindfulness techniques can do for us: teach us to pay attention to our senses, feelings, and thoughts, helps us to develop self awareness and to stay present.

In the videos below, learn more about mindfulness and its benefits from different people who have worked with the concept and experienced it themselves. As we will learn, practicing mindfulness not only helps us reduce stress and anxiety, but it can even help fight addictions and increase our general feeling of happiness. It sounds pretty good, right?

Want to learn more about how to train your attention and get your mind to be more present? Have a look at our step by step guide to meditation and on these selected TED talks on meditation


* Note: All video descriptions below are citations from the originals and were not written by Zen-living.org.

Andy Puddicombe: All it takes is 10 mindful minutes

“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, simply by being mindful and experiencing the present moment. (No need for incense or sitting in uncomfortable positions.)”

Matt Killingsworth: Want to be happier? Stay in the moment

“When are humans most happy? To gather data on this question, Matt Killingsworth built an app, Track Your Happiness, that let people report their feelings in real time. Among the surprising results: We’re often happiest when we’re lost in the moment. And the flip side: The more our mind wanders, the less happy we can be.”

Judson Brewer: A simple way to break a habit

“Can we break bad habits by being more curious about them? Psychiatrist Judson Brewer studies the relationship between mindfulness and addiction — from smoking to overeating to all those other things we do even though we know they’re bad for us. Learn more about the mechanism of habit development and discover a simple but profound tactic that might help you beat your next urge to smoke, snack or check a text while driving.”

Shauna Shapiro: The Power of Mindfulness – What You Practice Grows Stronger

“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”.

Dr. Kasim Al-Mashat: How mindfulness meditation redefines pain, happiness & satisfaction

“This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Kasim teaches and presents on the use of mindfulness for creating healing, transformation, and peace. He is passionate about enhancing people’s sense of joy, authenticity, and presence. Kasim also teaches and speaks about the use of laughter and laughter yoga for improving wellness.”

Rev. Takafumi Kawakami: How mindfulness can help you to live in the present

“Rev. Takafumi Kawakami, Deputy Head Priest at Kyoto’s Shunkoin Temple, embraces the skill of mindfulness as the center of Zen Buddhism and meditation, inspiring us all to slow our frantic lives to stay true to the present.”

Daniel Siegel: Mindfulness and Neural Integration

“Daniel Siegel, MD, is Clinical Professor of psychiatry at UCLA, Co-Director of Mindful Awareness Research Center, Executive Director of Mindsight Institute, author, and recipient of numerous awards and honorary fellowships. This talk examines how relationships and reflection support the development of resilience in children and serve as the basic ‘3 R’s” of a new internal education of the mind.”

Daron Larson: Don’t try to be mindful

“Mindful Awareness Trainer Daron Larson says although mindfulness has been shown to help decrease stress and increase contentment, many who try it give up convinced they’re doing it wrong. Drawing from his daily practice since 2002, he helps people break through common obstacles and devises ways to address attention-related challenges everyone faces. Daron compares mindfulness practice to physical fitness to help distinguish the benefits from the exercises required to experience them. Just as regular exercise can improve your physical well-being, he argues that training your attention can transform the way you navigate the challenges of everyday life.”

AnneMarie Rossi: Why Aren’t We Teaching You Mindfulness

“In this powerful talk, an instructor bringing mindfulness to shelters shares her research into how mindfulness can set us up for success and break cycles of transgenerational trauma. AnneMarie Rossi is the founder and director of Be Mindful, a non-profit association of mindfulness instructors dedicated to making the practice accessible to all.”

Dr. David Vago: Self-Transformation Through Mindfulness

“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 mental habits in a positive way. 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.”

We hope you have enjoyed the videos. Don’t forget to let us know which one is your favorite and why!

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