Monthly Archives: June 2020

How Mindfulness Meditation Redefines Pain, Happiness & Satisfaction

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Kasim teaches and presents on the use of mindfulness for creating healing, transformation, and peace. He is passionate about enhancing people’s sense of joy, authenticity, and presence. Kasim also teaches and speaks about the use of laughter and laughter yoga for improving wellness.

Dr. Kasim Al-Mashat is a therapist with interest in fostering positive change in mental health both inside and outside the therapy room. He recently returned from completing a challenging six-month meditation retreat in silence, in a forest monastery in South East Asia. 

Al-Mashat, Kasim. “How Mindfulness Meditation Redefines Pain, Happiness & Satisfaction.” Youtube, TEDxSFU, 2014,

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I chose this video because Dr. Al-Mashat gives a lot of wonderful examples on how the brain works and how mindfulness plays a roll. 

Multiculturalism in the Modern World

Multiculturalism in the Modern World: Jen Holladay at TEDxDenverTeachers

Understanding and embracing multiculturalism and teaching students cultural competency is critical for competing and succeeding in our diverse democracy. How can you ensure that cultural competency is an outcome of your students' education? Presented by Jen Holladay, Highline Academy Charter School Board President.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

Holladay, Jen. “Multiculturalism in the Modern World.” Youtube, TEDxDenverTeachers, 2013,

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I chose this video because in today's climate, we find it easy to introduce children to various cultures through food and stories, however there is so much more to history than that, and the sooner it is introduced, the better off our society will be in the future.

A Mini-Mindful Challenge

An article from Today

A few months ago I was walking with a long time friend of mine who has had a long history of working in the field of personal and professional development. He said something that really surprised me. He had developed a discipline of checking into the present moment every minute of the day. Just for a few seconds he’s check to see where he was, what he was thinking, and how he was feeling. Over a short time he got pretty good at this and his mind just started to automatically bring him to the moment. This may seem extreme, but maybe there’s something for the rest of us to learn here.

What if during multiple moments of the day you had a mini-moment practice where you brought your mind to the present moment and checked in with yourself. What would change?

In the middle of eating breakfast and you’re thinking about the plans for the day, you bring your mind to the present and simply spend a few moments tasting your food.

While talking to a friend you guide your mind back from thinking of the next brilliant counterargument and simply begin to listen.

In the middle of an important business meeting, a mini-moment is prompted and you notice your shoulder’s tightening and your mind worrying that you’re going to have to speak soon, and you choose to take a few breaths and roll your shoulders.

Maybe mini-moments don’t have to happen every minute, but what if we had mini-moments every hour. Is that so much to ask of ourselves? We can take about 20 seconds to check-in and bring our minds back to the life that is happening right now.

I hereby propose The 24 Hour Mini-Mindful Moment Challenge where you do this one time every hour.

If you need some structure to the mini-moment you can:

  1. Body – Notice how it is positioned, if there’s any tension anywhere.
  2. Emotions – Are you angry, frustrated, calm, happy, sad, stressed?
  3. Thoughts – Are you worrying, stewing, or rehashing? Are you stuck in the past or future?
  4. Location – Where are you?

Just take these four steps and then breathe. You’ve done it.

Of course, don’t take my word for it, set an intention to take one day and practice a Mini Mindful Moment every hour. Do it as an experiment for yourself and see what happens.

As always, please share your thoughts, questions and stories below. Your interaction creates a living wisdom for us all to benefit from.

Full Article:

A Mini-Mindful Challenge


Goguen-Hughes, Line. “A Mini-Mindful Challenge.”, 9 Apr. 2015,

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I chose this article because a lot of people are starting to go back to work and with all that time off, going back to a daily routine might be a little overwhelming, so having something quick and simple would be helpful.

How Mindfulness Transforms Us

Jo speaks to everyday problems and how difficult it is to be happy - "Considering that everything dies, leaves or disappears".

Come on a short journey to experience self-awareness and understand how powerful the practice of meditation can be to live a healthy/happy life. Jo Pang is on a mission of mindfulness. As an expert at Slalom Consulting, Jo transforms organizations with an integrative, human-centered approach. As a teacher, he helps people consciously cultivate the seeds of compassion, wisdom and happiness. As a person, he shares thoughts on self-awareness, self-acceptance and finding contentment in finding ourselves. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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I chose this video because it contains a short practice and asks you to reflect on yourself. He also uses great analogies that bring everything into perspective.