I watch TED Talks nearly every night before bed. I love to have something brilliant swishing around in my head as I sleep so that it can mix with what's already there and potentially create a nugget of new understanding (I've been reading Steven Johnson's book about new ideas, which is awesome too). That's synthesis: mixing the old with the new and then being able to express it in a new way.
This is one of my favourite TED Talks because it addresses mindfulness, which has the potential to address so much of what ails our society today. Why are we letting ourselves suffer unnecessary stress and conflict? If we all followed Andy Puddicombe's advice, we could start learning how to really live our lives, to be in the moment and to let go the stuff that doesn't matter.
So, now I'll do ten minutes of mindfulness every night once I'm done my TED watching. I hope you try it too!