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Some Interesting talks on Creativity, Flow & Mindful States

All Well Worth Watching…!!!



When we repeat an activity, like playing the violin, we strengthen the neural circuitry in the brain. You might have heard the saying that “practice is like doing a push-up for the mind.” This video from Ted Ed explores what actually happens in the brain when we go through the motions of honing a skill.
There’s a fatty substance located in the white matter of the brain called myelin, and it serves as a “sheath” that protects nerve fibers, prevents energy loss, and helps information move along neural pathways. When we repeat an activity, the myelin coating thickens, leading to a more efficient transfer of information.
So instead of building muscle memory, you’re actually building up myelin in neural pathways—creating a “superhighway of information connecting your brain to your muscles,” as Don Greene, the narrator of the video, notes.


Creativity and a State of Flow … The Optimal State of Mind

Professor Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi asks, “What makes a life worth living?” He notes that money cannot ultimately make us happy, and looks to those who find pleasure and lasting satisfaction in activities that bring about a state of “flow.” His research is celebrated throughout the world. He has studied thousands of artists, musicians, poets and scientists to understand how to access a state of flow.


Mindfulness and a State of Flow … When time, space and self no longer disrupt the present moment

Dr. Judson Brewer MD, PhD, is a thought leader in the “science of self-mastery,” and an associate professor of psychiatry and medicine at University of Massachusetts School of Medicine, where he is director of research at the Center for Mindfulness. In this TEDx he talks about “flow state”: a mental state in which one becomes so immersed in an experience that time and space and self no longer disrupt the present moment.


Elizabeth Gilbert (Your Elusive Creative Genius)

Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses — and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person “being” a genius, all of us “have” a genius. It’s a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk. The author of ‘Eat, Pray, Love,’ Elizabeth Gilbert has thought long and hard about some big topics. Her fascinations: genius, creativity and how we get in our own way when it comes to both.

Sir Ken Robinson (Do Schools Kill our Creativity ?)

Creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson challenges the way we’re educating our children. He champions a radical rethink of our school systems, to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence. Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.


9 Attitudes of Mindfulness, Jon Kabat Zinn

Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, talks about the 9 Attitudes of Mindfulness, how to use them in our Mindfulness practice and daily life. Jon is the founder of the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He is also the founder of it’s renowned Stress Reduction Clinic. He teaches mindfulness and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in various venues around the world.

Professor Mark Williams, The Neuroscience behind Mindfulness

Professor Mark Williams examines the neuroscience of mindfulness in this short video.


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