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If you've ever flown on an airplane, you know well the following ‘in-the-event-of-an-emergency' directive by heart:
‘Please secure your own oxygen mask first before assisting others.'
–Flight Attendant (preferably one of the ones who let's me stuff all my crap under the seat)
I'll admit, it stings a little every time I hear it (no matter how many times!); because at face-value, it seems a little counter-intuitive to the average Hero in all of us.
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Brene Brown is a social worker, author, and “researcher storyteller.” In this TedTalk, Brene dives into what she discovered by studying shame, courage, and wholeheartedness. She shares what she found when looking at how people live their life. Her research demonstrates how powerful vulnerability effects our relationships, work, self-confidence, parenting, etc. Brene says that discovering this phenomenon changed the way she lives her life, and hopes that sharing her work will inspire others to do the same.
In this TedTalk, actor Justin Baldoni opens up a conversation on redefining masculinity. He shares his life experience as a man, and how like other men he was consistently told told to act and behave a certain way. When he noticed how his life was being disrupted by being put into a box, based on societal views of his gender, he started to question what “being a man” really means. Jason talks about how influential his father, wife, and child were to this discovery process. He says they inspired him not to be a better man, but a better human.
This is another TedTalk by Dr. Steven Hayes, which focuses on mindfulness and the importance of practicing dispassionate curiosity towards our thoughts. According to Steven, our minds act like a driving car. When our thoughts begin taking us in the wrong, we must know how to put on the brakes. Steven shows us how to develop this skill using practical, simple strategies that take away power from our automatic negative thoughts. We can use his strategies to practice compassion towards ourselves and others, ultimately allowing us to live our best lives.
In this TedTalk, time management expert Laura Vanderkam talks about how to get the most out of the time you have. She shares how people often underestimate how much time they have. When asked to do something that brings them joy, many say they saying that they are “too busy” and do not have the time to do it. Laura says this is a myth, and that time is actually elastic. She advocates that one of the best ways to improve your life is by not saving time, but changing the way you live so that time saves itself.
In this TedTalk, radio host Celeste Headlee shares her top tips on how to improve communication skills. She uses common scenarios that we all experience to showcase the need for stronger communication with one another. She shares her tips in simple, practical steps so that we can apply them easily to improve our conversations. As a professional interviewer, Celeste wants to share her expertise to help us communicate better and foster stronger, healthier relationships.
From every life situation, every trauma to every celebration, the sugars, Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond are here. Cheryl, the author of Wild, and Steve, an American short-story writer and essayist, speak conversationally to provide radically emphatic advice for sugar fan letters all over the world. I can always find an episode covering a topic I can relate to at the moment, and trust that the sugars will answer my questions honestly without judgement, along with some tough-love. It is truly a remarkable listening experience every time.
Raechel Kable offers short weekly mindfulness inspiration. I love her voice, her calmness, and just her thoughtful tips and advice about the importance of mindfulness and how we can incorporate the practice into our daily lives. I really enjoyed it being a quick listen, and these episodes always give me a conscious piece of mind to practice mindfulness daily.
If you know Oprah has a show, you can assume that it’s a soulful one. Oprah interviews famous thought-leaders, authors, activists, and celebrities, to help us connect, relate, and find our deeper meaning in life. Because there are many episodes, I find myself picking and choosing only specific episodes featuring people I’m familiar with. Regardless, it’s always a pleasant experience.
Elizabeth has a way of speaking as if she’s your dear friend and talks honestly about her work and personal relationships. She has so much light and brings so much intelligent humor with her.
The Magic Lessons podcast is related to her recent book Big Magic, where she discusses about creativity and helps us to realize our potential. This podcast is designed to listen in chronological order.