The 7 Most Inspirational Mindfulness TED Talks

TedTalks on Mindfulness

Mindfulness is the state of mental calmness, often achieved by focusing your awareness on the present moment and accepting any feelings, thoughts, and sensations.

Regular practice enhances your overall health and reduces stress levels significantly. These videos delve into the science and joy of mindfulness, with several examples of how to begin or continue your practice. 

I hope this list of mindfulness TED talks encourages you to try mindfulness for yourself and experience its numerous benefits.

Before you start reading this article, I recommend you to download Week 1 of Mindfulness X. It is free and will help you understand mindfulness on a theoretical level. Mindfulness X also includes tools to apply mindfulness in your work with clients, students, staff, and yourself.

You can download the package with PDF’s for free on this page:


All It Takes Is 10 Mindful Minutes

Do you know how much time you have spent lost in your own thoughts? In his talk, Puddicombe asks how many people in the audience have ever looked after their mind.


Meditation, as Puddicombe says, can be the aspirin for the mind. He also tells about some of his wonderful experiences as a monk in the Himalayas.


The Art of Stillness

Pico Iyer offers an astonishing amount of information about meditation that he’s learned from visiting many of the top social network institutions. 


By observing his thoughts during his journey all over the word, Pico found out that, “There is nothing either good or bad, as Shakespeare told us in ‘Hamlet’, but thinking makes it so.” Do you agree? Let us know in the comments section below. 


The Practice of Mindfulness

Diana Winston takes us through some of the research into the benefits of mindfulness.


Winston also explains why suffering from physical symptoms of stress has been helpful, and why people are happier if they pay attention to the present moment.


The Mindful Way Through Depression

Depression is episodic and recurrent. In working with people with mood disorders, Zindel faced the challenge of helping them recover from depression and continue with a healthy mindset.


Zindel wanted to understand the triggers that could make people fall into depression again and again. He found that mindfulness plays an important role in preventing depression.


Mindfulness and Healing

When Shannon Paige’s cancer was gone, her battle with depression began. She proposes that yoga built her own mind-body connection, and can help in combatting depression.


Shannon was diagnosed with cancer when she was 21. She has been through lots of battles throughout the entire process but eventually beat it. 


Mindfulness in Schools

Richard Burnett tells us that the second mode of mind—apart from thinking—is sensing. He then shows how training in sensing can help children cope with the depression and anxiety of over-thinking.


Do you think mindfulness is too boring for youngsters? Burnett launched his project “dot B,” aiming to provide fun and memorable uses of meditation.


How Mindfulness Meditation Redefines Pain, Happiness, and Satisfaction

Dr. Kasim Al-Mashat tells us of his hilarious and joyful experiences in a forest—and explains why mindfulness meditation is not a quick-fix. 


Even when we have everything we want, why is it sometimes not enough? And how “should” we look at pain? Did you agree with Dr. Kasim Al-Mashat insight to these questions?

Which one of these videos do you find most inspirational? How can you incorporate mindfulness into your daily life?

Let us know in the comments section below. We’d love to hear from you. 

About the Author

Chompoo occasionally works as a motivational speaker for educational institutions in her country. She has taken part in numerous motivational speaking conferences, laughter therapy workshops, and Changing Life with Positive Thinking project which became the best-selling book ‘Nang Yang Lang Jai’. She is looking forward to undertaking postgraduate study in Positive Psychology and to bringing it back to Thailand to help the Thai people flourish.


  1. Jeorge H Waters

    Quite interesting

  2. Matthew @ MindBootstrap

    Thanks for this post, Chompoo. I love these kinds of videos from Ted Talks.

  3. Mark Green

    Chompoo, to compile this very useful list is a great idea and than you so much for the one stop mindfulness article. I love the topic and study it every day.

  4. Janet

    So so helpful, thank you

  5. Henry Caporoso

    I liked all of these videos and look forward to using these speakers as jumping off points to explore more talks on these and related subjects. It’s also comforting to hear the same sentiments repeated in several ways by several speakers: the brain can be rewired, it’s natural for the mind to focus on the negative, simple quiet and contemplation has great rewards. Thanks for compiling these, Chompoo!

  6. Yanglish

    Thanks for a splendid collection. I got a lot out of these TED Talks.

  7. Sean Fargo

    Pico is the most eloquent man I’ve ever met. His latest book is a gem.
    I also love this new resource that has hundreds of free mindfulness exercises, talks, meditations and worksheets:
    It’s really helped me a lot. Do other people find worksheets helpful for their mindfulness practice?

    • Reham Al Taher

      Thank you very much for sharing this, it’s very useful :).

  8. Karen Tachack

    Great videos! I ejoyed them. Thank you very much

    • Reham Al Taher

      Thank you very much, Karen!


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