When I feel disconnected, lacking purpose and drive, I long for inspiration. Sometimes, I look for it in all the wrong places including movies and series that merely provide basic entertainment, or in food in an effort to fill myself up albeit with the wrong things. Other times, inspiration comes from within; in meditation, in the flow of yoga, in reflection – this kind is strongly rooted inside me, where I draw upon the deeper, inner wisdom and allow my creative, uninhibited self to come out and play.
And then, there are times I am drawn to external, good quality inspiration. The jaw dropping kind. The one that is so damn amazing that it triggers me into inspired action. An urge to DO SOMETHING, an urge to contribute, to challenge my limits, to change the world. Inspiration that connects me to the rest of the world out there, that restores my faith in humanity, in the kindness and brilliance that is in all of us, in the power of our collective.
So it is with this in mind, I invite you to dedicate 97 minutes to change your life: to be inspired, educated, challenged, triggered, validated, cracked open and set free. I have a (healthy) addiction to TED Talks and I am not ashamed to share this with you. Below, I have collated a 5-part series of your life changing journey into TED Talks. I am sure that you will have seen some of these already and if you have not, I am certain you would have been told you really need to by someone in your life. I urge you to make a cup of tea and make an evening out of these – they are a collection of my favourite TED Talks and I can guarantee they will leave you feeling something. Each and every one of them.
“Mystery is not about travelling to new places. It is about seeing with new eyes.”
– Marcel Proust
1. Susan Cain: The power of introverts
For those that, like me, find it difficult to own your introversion and see it as a gift, here is to finding The Courage to Speak Softly.
2. Jill Bolte Taylor: My stroke of insight
Right here, right now, in this moment we are perfect. We are whole and we are beautiful. We are the life force power of the Universe and we have the power to choose.
3. Esther Perel: The secret to desire in a long-term relationship
We have two opposing needs: the need for security and the need for adventure. How do we balance them to sustain desire in relationships?
4. Brené Brown: The power of vulnerability
Living wholeheartedly with courage to tell the full story of who you are.
5. Amy Cuddy: Your body language shapes who you are
Open up into your own power.
Thank you to TED Talks for the constant supply of ideas worth spreading.
What are your favourite sources of inspiration? Leave me a comment and let me know below.