When it comes to maps, there is no one better in the world, in making and explaining them, than Oxford University Geographer Danny Dorling.
A pioneer in the methods of creating and understanding the world though maps, his Ted Talk – Maps That Show Us Who We Are, Not Just Where We Are – is a must watch for any intrepid explorer with a thirst for knowledge.
British social geographer Danny Dorling presents a fascinating view of the world with some incredibly revealing maps. The focus looks to inform us of how the world is changing and how it looks relevant to the human population; historically, geographically and to a degree socially.
Using beautiful and unfamiliar world maps created by Benjamin Hennig, Danny Dorling shows us that in many ways life is slowly getting better and there’smuch to be optimistic about, as long as we continue to connect with each other. We need new ways of viewing the world, its future, and how we can avoid fearing the other; other people, countries, races etc, we often are focussing on the differences, rather than focusing on how similar we actually are. We currently fear people from other countries too much, we fear what we do not know. Instead, these visuals can breakdown these limiting views and we can begin to see the world as a whole.
This TED talk provides a much more relevant and clearer interpretation of the world than the mainstream media depicts for us, which is heavily fear based. We are shown the terrible aspects of humanity on the news every night but we are not shown what is far more important; we are not told that world population is slowing down, we are not told about how we are beginning to use less and waste less.
The sheer scale of progress that’s been made by humans in a short space of time isn’t always easy to comprehend, but by using the language of the mind; context, statistics, with the language of the eye; maps, data visualisations, we are able to sow the seeds for a perspective shift, of the world as a whole. Data visualisation is truly powerful. Data is now the new oil.
“Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts” — Thich Nhat Hanh
Is a good diet your path to longevity? Obviously it’s important but how long can we survive without food? 2 weeks? 3 weeks?
We all know how important hydration is and how a lack of H2O throughout the day affects your physical and cognitive performance. So how long can we survive without H2O? 5 days? 10 days?
But at the core of the human physiology the one nutrient people are not talking about; Oxygen, O2. How long can we survive without O2? 1 minute — 2 minutes. You get the gist.
70% of our metabolic waste is eliminated through breathing. The other 30% is eliminated through perspiration, urination and deification. So if like me you think getting enough exercise and sweating regularly is important for your health, just think how important your breathing is, because 70% of the toxins are released from our bodies through our breathing.
Extensive research is showing that the life expectancy of an individual can be predicted by their breathing capacity; lung capacity is the single best indicator of how long you’ll live. Scary, right? Not if you have the tools to improve your breathwork. The benefits of breathing aka intentional breathwork are; focus, calm and non-reactiveness.
WELCOME TO BREATHWORK
It’s roots can be traced back as far as the sixth and fifth centuries BCE, in ancient India and the origins of yoga; Pranāyāmā (Hindu Science of Breath). The Sanskrit word Pranāyāmā comes from Prana (life energy) and Ayama (to extend, draw out). You’ll also find it in other forms of martial arts across the globe; Qigong, Tai Chi, Kung Fu, Russian Systema and Brazilian Jujitsu
Today in 2019, Breathwork is being used in the fields of self-improvement and personal development, and as a self-healing method in alternative medicine. Regarded as one of the most holistic and complementary approaches to healthcare, and it is an essential part to any genuine spiritual development journeyThe Wim Hoff Method.
Ifyou need to focus on something, start by focussing on your breath. If you need to control yourself, your mind, body, emotions, behaviour, then start by getting control of your breathing. — Dan Brulé
Breathwork focuses on the use of breath awareness and conscious breathing, for healing and growth, personal awakening, and transformation of spirit, mind and body. (Dan Brulé)
Virtually all psychologist and human development researchers agree up until the age of four or five years old, we receive programs that limit who we are; we receive conditioning about who we are, how we look at ourselves, how we think about each other, how we relate to the world.
And this conditioning is unconscious, directly downloaded into our subconscious. It affects how we perceive and what we think is possible. Our basic ideas of what is right and wrong are determined by this early conditioning, which by the way isn’t chosen, it’s directly instilled in us by parents, by culture, by society, by religion.
Memories and impressions are stored in our subconscious, and not just stored in our brain, but they are stored in the cells of our body. This is where breathing comes in; breathing activates and releases these impressions from the cells of our body. (Dan Brûlé)
So all of these unconscious beliefs, all of these memories that are stored in the cells of our body, they create blockages. This can often result in physical illnesses and diseases, and psychological and emotional problems. So how can we release these tensions in our body?
You guessed it, our breathing!
Breath therapy is a holistic approach to access and enhance the function and the operation of both the mind and the body. It works by regulating the rhythm of the breath, by the location of the breath, the speed of the breath.
To get an understanding of the benefits and implications of the breath here’s a partial list of situations and settings where breathwork is now being taught and applied, courtesy of Dr. Peter Litchfield, President of the Graduate School of Behavioural health Science;
Alternative healthcare, anger management, attention training, drug abuse prevention, drug rehabilitation, attention training, childbirth, chiropractic, dentistry, counselling, education, flight training, midwifery, martial arts, meditation, occupational therapy, pain management, peak performance training, meditation, physical therapy, public speaking, psychology, speech therapy, stress management and PTSD, yoga, and zen.
More and more people are waking up to the true value and benefits of breathwork and applying it in their everyday lives, at work and at home. Professionals are using it to create breakthroughs for themselves and people they serve. For spiritual seekers, its a direct path to spiritual awakening, self realisation and enlightenment. Thats’s why breathwork is a major skill set that high performing and successful individuals have mastered.(Dan Brulé).
Below are some links to exercises to experiment with, people to explore around the field of breathwork. Please enjoy and really take on board the information these folks have to share it’s truly transformative for your mental wellbeing, I can vouch for this.
Breathwork has allowed me to explore and experience all the aspects and levels of this amazing process; physiological, emotional, energetic and spiritual. Breathwork can re-wire the nervous system and change the way that your brain thinks.
All children are born artists, the problem is to remain an artist as we grow up.
Sir Ken Robinson’s heart warming TED talk, offers a message with deep resonance, dissecting the current education system that we find implemented the world over, has been distributed widely around the Web since its release in June 2006, viewed a staggering 57,961,789 times.
He touches on how academic ability has come to dominate our view on intelligence, because the universities designed the system in their image. As a consequence many highly talented, brilliant, creative people think they are not. What they were good at in school wasn’t valued and was actually stigmatised. He believes we cannot afford to carry on this current path, a 19th century industrialism view of the world blueprint, that is bringing students into a revolutionary different one.
“We are educating people out of their creativity capacities… … I believe we don’t get educated into creativity, we get educated out of it.”
Sir Ken Robinson, 2006 TED Talk
Due to a process of educational inflation, suddenly a Degree isn’t worth anything. Where as you needed a BA now you need a MA, or a PHD for the others. Robinson believes this indicates the whole structure of education shifting beneath our feet. Calling for us to radically rethink our view of intelligence.
Are we ready for it? That’s the big question.
Using the platform of TED that showcases the gift of imagination, Sir Ken Robinson believes our task is to educate children’s whole being, so they can face this future. By encouraging them to explore their natural talents, and be careful that we use this gift wisely, not to force them into a practical box at an early age. We must see our children as the hope that they are.
“Creativity is the process of having original ideas that have value.”
Sir Ken Robinson, 2006 TED Talk
This is an absolute must watch for any individual, as we all care about education and our future as a species on this planet. This humbling, thought provoking, engaging TED Talk, is filled with hope and inspiring changes we must make, to better serve the next generation.
First of all, it’s not our fault. Hans Rosling brings sexy back to the world of statistics and shines a light on the common misconceptions we share regarding the human development narrative we’ve been fed over the last 60 years. His landmark book Factfulness is a thought provoking world awareness-alarm, providing factually fresh insights for us in the 21st century.
It’s not often you find the words “celebrity” and “statistician” in the same sentence, but Hans Rosling has ensured it’s possible. Rosling passed away at the age of 68. His now famous TED Talks made Rosling a worldwide sensation, has provided inspiration for a new generation of students, scientists and leaders through uncovering the story behind data, while educating and entertaining his audiences.
In Rosling’s first TED talk in 2006, he used statistics to debunk myths of the developing world, revealing how world health and living standards are getting much, much better each day. Rosling was a professor of health in Stockholm, Sweden, where he tracked trends in global health and poverty.
Rosling called himself an “edutainer.” He was one of the rare scientists who packaged complexity into presentations people really wanted to see, over and over. To Rosling, statistics need not be boring; statistics could tell a story.
Upon hearing of Rosling’s death, friend Melinda Gates wrote on her Instagram account: “Where others saw nothing more than statistics, Hans saw the chance to tell an incredible human story about our progress against poverty and disease…A data geek through and through, he used numbers to educate us, to entertain us, and to share his special brand of big-hearted, evidence-based optimism.”
Heavily heralded by both Melinda and Bill, as a true thought leader of our times, below is a full list of all of Hans’ impressive Ted Talks; each one leaving you with waves of positive emotions in both your mind and heart, along with many true moments of AWE and a gratuitous realisation that being alive right now, is the best human’s have ever had it. Blessed
In 2009, Simon Sinek gave a TED called “How Great Leaders Inspire Action.” It became the second most watched talk of all time on TED.com.
His first book Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action calls on people and especially business leaders to Start With Why. Whyisn’t just a word, it’s a powerful concept. In this fascinating book, Simon Sinek demonstrates why organizations guided by this concept will succeed more often than those which don’t, citing many companies and public figures of the 20th Century; The Wright Bothers, Martin Luther King Jr. and Apple whom lived and fostered this message.
The “Golden Circle” model which he deconstructs for the audience, resinates deeply within each of us and explains the reasons behind the power of “why”, from a biological standpoint. The similarities between his model and the human brain and how they both operate are a little jaw dropping.
Following Simon’s work for the past seven years since his ground breaking TED Talk, he’s released a number of books which examine fulfilment, leadership, neuroscience and psychology to uncover what drives human behaviour.
His ideas highlight the importance of human connections to foster finding your why. A very poignant message in today’s world, pulling back the vale as to why corporations are failing the people they serve.
If you find the talk above inspiring please check out the links below for more long form conversation with the man.