Last night was a great night for me. I got to share with a small audience what has become so apparent to me in the last 2 years, and that is how an understanding of how we truly experience life is the key to a life of more ease, peace, calm, clarity, lightness, fun and enjoyment.
As soon as I left the venue I had the unquenchable feeling that I want to share more, with a wider audience and more often. Dare I put my head above the parapet and admit that I actually dream of doing a TED Talk.
For those that are not familiar with TED Talks, they are a non-profit organisation devoted to spreading ideas in the form of very powerful short talks, normally around 15 to 20 minutes long. Just to demonstrate how popular TED Talks have become, we have an app on our new Smart TV especially for TED Talks (I was in heaven when I found this out). Many of the talks are insightful, educational, sometimes funny, often moving and very uplifting.
Yesterday afternoon when I was preparing for my talk I told my son, who was off school sick, you can watch as many TED Talks as you like. I normally don’t encourage my kids too watch too much TV, but the fact that TED Talks are packed full of amazing information and that my eight year old son loves watching them, is nothing short of a miracle at emergency times like these.
A while later, I poked my head around the door and when I asked him which talk he was watching, he replied '5 dangerous things you should let your kids do', and then he said ‘I expect to be allowed to do them too!’ I wondered what I'd let myself in for.
Joking aside, today’s blog is a shortie as I’ve been super busy this week and it’s my daughter’s 11th birthday today, and between having coaching sessions I’ve been baking her favourite 4 tiered chocolate and beetroot cake. So, nonetheless, here are 3 of my favourite TED Talks. If you’ve never watched one before, then you’re in for a treat. Now I know I always ask you to join the conversation, but please do give me your feedback on these talks or tell me about your favourite TED talks, I always love to hear from you.
Why aren't we awesomer?
Michael Neill is an internationally renowned transformative coach who also teaches the 3 principles behind Clarity that I have become immersed in in the past 2 years. He is also the best-selling author of one of my favourite books, The Inside-Out Revolution. Michael shares this extraordinary new understanding in this TED talk, of how life works that turns traditional psychology on its head.
My stroke of insight
Jill Bolte Taylor got a research opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: She had a massive stroke, and watched as her brain functions — motion, speech, self-awareness — shut down one by one. An astonishing story.
Your body language shapes who you are
Body language affects how others see us, but it may also changes how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success.