The following is a talk given by Thich Nhat Hanh. I am passionately in love with Thich and his words, although my relationship with him wasn’t love at first sight.
Thich’s delivery is slow, …and soft, …and methodical. For the first year of our relationship, I found myself frustrated (almost even angry) with him because I wanted to consume his words at my pace. I even went so far as to increase the speed of his audio recordings; however, I wasn’t pleased with the resulting female-like, higher pitched voice.
What took me a year to realize and understand is that the pace and softness of Thich’s talks is just as important to his message as the words he says.
I’m only human, and still get frustrated occasionally with Thich; however, being forced to overcome my frustration, and settle into his pace, has become one of the many, many reasons that I love him. I suggest that you do your best to receive his message. And if you do, I promise that you will fall in love with him too.
Here is a tip: I find it really helpful to listen to him while walking or jogging.
The following is an audio recording of a talk that he recently gave from his monastery in France called Plum Village. The talk is very long, so I suggest just listening to as much as you like. You can listen to many more of his talks on the Thich Nhat Hanh Blog, or find out more about him on his website, Plum Village.
Click the triangle to listen to Thich’s talk:
If you are really adventurous, the following is a video of the same talk:
Brené Brown is a research professor that has spent the past decade studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame. Her now famous TED video reveals the results of her extensive research into why some people are inherently happy yet others struggle with happiness.
Brené scientifically demonstrates how vulnerability is actually a strength and not a weakness. By hiding from others (and ourselves), the aspects of ourselves that we fear, we are also unknowingly cutting off those aspects that make us powerful and happy.
As with so many paths to happiness, Brené’s path is counter-intuitive. As an example of this, one of my favorite Brené quotes is:
“Vulnerability is the first thing that I look for in you, and the last thing that I will let you see in me.”
I have set the following TED video to start at my favorite part of the video; however, if you like what you see, I strongly suggest that you watch the video from the beginning.
After watching the video, please comment below and let me know what makes you vulnerable or gives you the feeling of shame. One of my vulnerabilities is the fear of being wrong or making a mistake. I believe this vulnerability has driven me to be a perfectionist.