The eclipse this past week was an amazing once-in-a-lifetime experience. While peering through my glasses watching the sun slowly take away the light, I heard someone comment that it seemed to be a metaphor of the turbulent times surrounding us. Given recent current events, even looking at your Facebook feed can even be an anxiety-invoking experience.
But as with the eclipse, and every experience in life, this too is temporary. It’s how we choose to move through it that makes the difference. Not everything is within our control, but what we're in control of is our own thoughts, words and actions. Staying positive, focusing on peaceful thoughts, supporting our friends and loved ones, and being the change we wish to see in the world are some things we can do to shift from darkness to light.
These may be trying times, but within the turbulence, there's an opportunity to become something greater. For instance, we can choose to grow and be grateful for what's good and true and emit our own bit of peace into the world.
With that, here are 5 TED talks we find inspiring and thought provoking:
[youtube/watch?v=IeblJdB2-Vo] Dr. Shauna Shapiro talks about being present in the moment through meditation and demonstrates how mindfulness can help us make positive changes in our brains and our lives. What you practice grows stronger.
[youtube/watch?v=E3S__-5-FHQ] Brad Jenkins is half Korean and half African American. Here he discusses his personal experience and the power of comedy to transform challenging situations.
[youtube/watch?v=36m1o-tM05g] Sam Berns has Progeria, a rare, rapid aging disease, at the age of 2. He talks about how he has had a very happy life despite his disease.
Acclaimed self help guru, Tony Robbins, discusses the "invisible forces" that make us do what we do and how we have the power to change any situation.
Hugh Hempel is a technology veteran, healthcare entrepreneur and a cannabis industry pioneer. Here he discusses how medicinal cannabis has enriched the lives of his ailing 11 year-old daughters. who suffer with a rare and fatal neurodegenerative disease called Niemann Pick Type C.