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TED Talks are a nonprofit platform for spreading ideas in a short video (about 15minutes). TED started in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design mixed together. Today there cover almost any topic you could imagine, from business to science to religion, in many different languages. They believe in the power of ideas to change the world. When you need a pick me up after a bad day or inspiration to do amazing things, they are the way to go. I have gathered 12 of the favourite ones from our household filled with creative souls. But there are so many to choose from. Happy viewing!

1. Lessons from the Mental Hospital by Glennon Doyle Melton.

We all feel like our emotions make us vulnerable sometimes. This talk is about living with our full hearts in this big messy world and the bravery that it takes. The author speaks with raw honesty and humour about her experiences with addiction and other uses to numb her feelings. ” Life is brutal and life is beautiful … “

2. The City2.0 by MC Yogi.

Whether you know him because you like his music or because of the video Vote for hope he created in support of Barrack Obama’s history defining election, MC Yogi is definitely a game changer. Fusing his love for music, MC-ing and yoga to pioneer and new sort of sound. He talks about his life events that lead him to today and will motivate you to go out and follow your passion. 

3. Living beyond limits by Amy Purdy.

After loosing both her legs at age 19, Amy went on to win two gold World Cup medals in snowboarding. She challenges us to draw inspiration from life’s obstacles we may face. Her powerful story will make you want to take control of your life and move beyond our circumstances.

4. All it takes is 10 mindful minutes by Andy Puddicombe.

This is one to watch on days when we feel like our thoughts and emotions are making you so exhausted you can’t even remember how to take a deep breath.

5. From Unconscious to Conscious change by Laura Sygrove.

The co-founder and executive director of New Leaf Yoga Foundation, a charitable organization that brings yoga programs into some of the least-services communities and facilities in Ontario, such as youth correctional centres and other community-based programs for young men and women who are overcoming histories of abuse and addiction. 

6.  The Power of Mantra by Bhava Ram.

An accomplished journalist tells his story of physical pain, mental anguish and addictions, who was then inspired by three simple words said by his son. Positive thinking and a yoga practice brought his back from the brink of no return. His experience teaches us to stay in a positive mindset even when everything is pulling us down.

7.  The power of vulnerability by Brené Brown.

Studying the human connection, Brené Borwn shares a deep insight from her research that sends her on a personal quest to understand humanity.

8.  Your elusive creative genius by Elizabeth Gilbert.

A moving talk from the author of Eat Pray Love, Elizabeth Gilbert shares the radical idea that instead of a rare person being a genius that all of us have our inner genius to share with the world.

9.  Sell your crap. Pay your debt. Do what you love by Adam Baker

After the birth of their first child, Baker and his wife sold everything the owned, payed off all their debt and spent a year in Australia traveling as family. He challenges you to find your definition of freedom and go after and get it. This talk will get you thinking about your consumer habits vs. travel and happiness.

10.  Taking imagination seriously by Janet Echelman

This ten minutes of amazing creativity will make you see that every bump in the road you may encounter might only be a stepping stone in the right direction.

11.  Tending the sacred fire by Shiva Rea.

Shiva Rea, M.A., has taught yoga for over 22 years around the world while pioneering to bring the creative and spontaneous connection to our natural movement. She talks passionately about the pulse of movement and music that are present in every day life. This talk will want to make you get up and dance!

12.  4 lessons in creativity by Julie Burstein

This talk shares four lessons with us about how to create art even when we are faced with self-doubt and challenges. To have faith in our creative process, knowing when to let go and what we can control.

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