V I D E O S
Brené Brown: The Power of Vulnerability | June 2010
Brené Brown studies human connection—our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk at TEDxHouston, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity.
Brené Brown: Listening to Shame | March 2012
Shame is an unspoken epidemic, the secret behind many forms of broken behavior. Brené Brown, whose earlier talk on vulnerability became a viral hit, explores what can happen when people confront their shame head-on. Her own humor, humanity and vulnerability shine through every word.
Brené Brown: The Price of Invulnerability | October 2010
TEDxKC talk synopsis: In our anxious world, we often protect ourselves by closing off parts of our lives that leave us feeling most vulnerable. Yet invulnerability has a price. When we knowingly or unknowingly numb ourselves to what we sense threatens us, we sacrifice an essential tool for navigating uncertain times—joy. This talk will explore how and why fear and collective scarcity has profoundly dangerous consequences on how we live, love, parent, work and engage in relationships—and how simple acts can restore our sense of purpose and meaning.
Brené Brown: Why Your Critics Aren’s The Ones Who Count | December 2013
There is nothing more frightening than the moment we expose our ideas to the world. Author and vulnerability researcher Brené Brown shows us how to deal with the critics and our own self-doubt by refusing to “armor up” and shut ourselves off. “Not caring what people think,” she says, “is its own kind of hustle.”
Brené Brown: Boundaries, Empathy and Compassion, March 2016
Brené’s research points to the fact that the most compassionate people are also the most boundaried.
Kristen Neff: The Space Between Self-Esteem and Self-Compassion | February 2013
Dr. Kristin Neff is an Associate Professor in Human Development and Culture, Educational Psychology Department, University of Texas at Austin. Here she makes the distinction between self-compassion and self-esteem and talks about why it is important to understand this difference.
Kristen Neff: Mindfulness and Self-Compassion | October 2013
Kristin Neff, PhD, is an associate professor in human development and culture at the University of Texas, Austin, and the author of the book Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind. This talk is from the “Practicing Mindfulness & Compassion” conference.
Louis Schwartzberg: Nature. Beauty. Gratitude | October 2013
Nature’s beauty can be easily missed—but not through Louie Schwartzberg’s lens. His stunning time-lapse photography, accompanied by powerful words from Benedictine monk Brother David Steindl-Rast, serves as a meditation on being grateful for every day.
Andy Puddicombe: All It Takes is 10 Mindful Minutes | January 2013
When is the last time you did absolutely nothing for 10 whole minutes? Not texting, talking or even thinking? Mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe describes the transformative power of doing just that: Refreshing your mind for 10 minutes a day, simply by being mindful and experiencing the present moment.
Kathleen Taylor: Rethinking the Bucket List | November 2012
Kathleen Taylor directs the community engagement functions of a large nonprofit hospice organization. In her career, Kathleen has worked with children in foster care, teens in the juvenile justice system, people with traumatic brain-injuries, priests awaiting ordination, people who are dying and those that love them, faith communities, coalitions, healthcare organizations, first responders, women's groups, public libraries, and even dental offices.
Dr. Geoff Warburton: The Adventure of Grief | November 2012
Psychologist, writer and innovator, Geoff Warburton has spent the last 25 years studying love and loss. Geoff challenges conventional apathy about grief and loss by offering an approach that evokes curiosity, openness and compassion. His approach synthesises Eastern wisdom traditions, in-depth psychology and common sense. The emphasis of his message is towards thriving after loss—and not merely surviving.
Candy Chang: Before I die I want to... | July 2012
In her New Orleans neighborhood, artist and TED Fellow Candy Chang turned an abandoned house into a giant chalkboard asking a fill-in-the-blank question: “Before I die I want to ___.” Her neighbors' answers — surprising, poignant, funny — became an unexpected mirror for the community. (What's your answer?)
BJ Miller: What Really Matters at the End of Life... | March 2015
BJ Miller is a palliative care physician at the Zen Hospice Project who gives us some thoughtful ideas about what is of most value to many as we move toward end of life.
Stephen Jenkinson, The Meaning of Death | May 2013
“What if the meaning of life isn't hidden? What if it's not something to find? What if the meaning is made?” Spiritual activist Stephen Jenkinson, and founder of the Orphan Wisdom school, asks us to consider different questions when approaching the nature of existence.
W E B S I T E S
The Daring Way™
Brave Leaders Inc
Self-Compassion: A Healthier Way of Relating to Yourself
Casa de la Luz Hospice™
The Creative Grief Studio
Center for Loss & Life Transition
Center for Loss and Trauma
The Grief Recovery Method®
The Center for Mind-Body Medicine
Center for Mindfulness
Sounds True (books, meditation and imagery tapes, music)
M O V I E S
Departures (2008 Japanese drama; English subtitles)
What the Bleep Do We Know? (2004 drama/mystery)
B O O K S
Rising Strong: The Reckoning. The Rumble. The Revolution by Brené Brown (Spiegel & Grau 2015)
Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown (Gotham; September 2012).
The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brené Brown (Hazelden; September 2010)
I Thought It Was Just Me (But It Isn't): Making the Journey from “What Will People Think?” to “I Am Enough” by Brené Brown (Gotham; December 2007)
Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow by Elizabeth Lesser (Villard; June 2005)
Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself by Kristin Neff (William Morrow; April 2011)
V Is for Vulnerable: Life Outside the Comfort Zone by Seth Godin (Portfolio Hardcover; December 2012)
Healing Through the Dark Emotions: The Wisdom of Grief, Fear, and Despair by Miriam Greenspan (Shambhala; May 2004)
The Dance of Anger: A Woman’s Guide to Changing the Patterns of Intimate Relationships by Harriet Lerner (Perennial Currents 2005)
The Dance of Fear: Rising Above Anxiety, Fear, and Shame to Be Your Best and Bravest Self by Harriet Lerner (Perennial Currents 2005)
The Dance of the Dissident Daughter: A Woman’s Journey from Christian Tradition to the Sacred Feminine (Plus) by Sue Monk Kidd (HarperOne; December 2014)
The Ecstasy of Surrender: 12 Surprising Ways Letting Go Can Empower Your Life by Judith Orloff, MD (Harmony, April 2014)
Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life by Jon Kabat-Zinn (Hyperion; July 2009)
Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha by Tara Brach (Bantam; November 2004)
The Book of Forgiving: The Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Our World by Desmond Tutu and Mpho Tutu (HarperOne 2014)
The Grief Recovery Handbook by John W. James and Russell Friedman (Harper Perennial; October 2009)
Tear Soup: A Recipe for Healing After Loss by Pat Schweibert and Chuck DeKlyen (Grief Watch; June 2005)
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande (Metropolitan Books 2014)
The Missing Piece by Shel Silverstein (Harper & Row; January 2006)
When Bad Things Happen to Good People by Harold S. Kushner (Anchor; December 2007)
Understanding Your Grief: Ten Essential Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing Through Your Heart by Alan Wolfelt (Companion Press; February 2004)
Shortcuts to Inner Peace: 70 Simple Paths to Everyday Serenity by Ashley D. Bush (Berkley; November 2011)