I chose Andy Puddicombe's video on Mindfulness as my favourite TED Talk for today's class because I agree with him: for such a short time commitment, the payoff is potentially tremendous.
This has been true for me. When I first started teaching, I was enthusiastic and became a bit of a maniac, sometimes working fifty to sixty hours a week. While this made my teaching career sing along nicely, it did nothing for my happiness. I found I was missing out on my own life because I was too busy.
So, I decided to make a change. After doing some research, I stumbled across some research on meditation and mindfulness. Since then, I've been meditating once a day and trying to be more in the present moment. When I'm driving, I keep the radio off and just focus on driving. When I'm teaching, I try not to think about the chores I need to do at home. When I'm at home, I try not to worry about teaching.
It's amazing. My days feel more enjoyable: they seem longer, but less hectic. Basically, I'm a lot happier.
I fully recommend watching the video, learning more about mindfulness and giving it a try!
Today we are deconstructing a TED Talk (finding the thesis and supporting points). So, here is my deconstruction of Andy Puddicombe's Mindfulness TED Talk.
· Our brain is our most valuable resource and we are sadly neglecting it; we should all start remedying that situation by being mindful or meditating for ten minutes a day.
Our mind is our most valuable resource – everything that happens to us happens through our mind. We spend a lot of time doing upkeep on other important equipment in our lives, why not our brain?
All you need to do is to take 10 minutes out a day to step back, to familiarize yourself with the present moment so that you get to experience a greater sense of focus, calm and clarity in your life.