Three Inspiring TedTalks to Help You Take the Time to Meditate


One way to inspire your mindfulness practice is to explore perspectives and guidance that other meditators have put out into the world. Just learning about a different way of looking at meditation - why do it, how to do it, or the science behind why it works - can help reignite your own meditation practice.

We’ve curated our top three favorite TedTalk talks on meditation and mindfulness. Press play during your morning commute, your mid-afternoon coffee break, or on your next dog walk. What meditation and mindfulness resources (books, podcasts, blogs, etc.) do you read and/or listen to? Tell us in the comments below!

All It Takes is 10 Mindful Minutes by Andy Puddicombe (9:24)
by Andy Puddicombe

At WITHIN, we offer daily 30-minute meditation classes for students of all levels. If you're just starting to explore and experiment with meditation, 30 minutes might seem like a lot. According to Headspace co-founder Andy Puddicombe, all you need is ten minutes of your time – every day. No special app, retreat, or equipment required. All you need to do is just sit and do nothing. With 1,440 minutes in a single day, we have plenty of opportunities to practice being present.

The Art of Stillness (15:37)
by Pico Iyer

Need a vacation? Travel writer and author Pico Iyer challenges us to consider traveling nowhere for our next trip. It’s easy to yearn for an escape to a tropical island, but a daily meditation practice can provide an even deeper reprieve from our busy lives – and it doesn't require a plane ticket. Listen to find out how Pico radically shifted his busy, jam-packed life to one centered in stillness, and why he believes taking intentional breaks from technology and social media is the best thing we can do to create the fufilling lives we really want.   

How mindfulness meditation redefines pain, happiness & satisfaction (15:53)
by Dr. Kasim Al-Mashat

At WITHIN, we sometimes get the question, why do you focus on mindfulness meditation in your studio classes? With a lot of humor and great visuals, Dr. Kasim Al-Mashat explains what mindfulness meditation, is and why it's an ideal practice to counter the craziness in our lives.  A psychologist who uses mindfulness-based stress reduction programs to promote positive change, well-being, and mindful living, Dr. Al-Mashat is passionate about mindfulness as an antidote for the negativity bias that supported our survival at one point during our evolution, but now holds us back from living compassionate, worry-free lives.

We hope these TedTalks inspire you to take time out of your day for meditation. We'd love to hear what meditation and mindfulness resources (books, podcasts, blogs, etc.) you read and/or listen to. Tell us in the comments below!