Positive mindfulness – positive transformation | Dr Itai Ivtzan | TEDxLeamingtonSpa

So what if we befriended both psychology and spirituality? Dr Itai Ivtzan explores how integrating both into our lives can help us in our quest to become super-heroes – gaining super-strengths of awareness, courage, resilience and compassion.

Itai is passionate about the combination of psychology and spirituality. He is convinced that if we befriend them both, introducing them into our lives, we will all become super-heroes – gaining super-strengths of awareness, courage, resilience and compassion. In addition to being a positive psychologist, senior lecturer and Master’s programme leader at the University of East London (UEL), Itai is also an honorary senior research associate at University College London (UCL).

Over the past 15 years, Itai has run seminars, lectures, workshops and retreats around the world, is a regular keynote speaker at conferences and has published several books, journal papers and book chapters. His main areas of research are positive psychology, mindfulness and spirituality.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx



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  1. I think the focus on stress was the ship to enter the western world. It doesnt mean, that the focus on everyone wasnt thought in the first place. When you listen to Jon Kabat-Zinn, it is clear, that he never only thought it as a cure. BUT! If he would have the holistic approach in the first place, he wouldnt have been come so far. He would have been stopped immediately. So this means, this TED Talk wouldnt even have this audience without the clinical approach.

    It all belongs together. Dont judge the approach, judge what comes out of it!

  2. I get mindfulness forced upon me. It makes me hate it.

    Normally, my skepticism would make me ignore it, but it's foisted upon me.

    Don't want it.
    Don't need it.
    Don't like it.

    It's like an abusive partner saying, 'You WILL love me!'

  3. Thank YOU! And wall of text warning.

    So about three years ago I was going through a very rough patch and I discovered mindfulness. after some heavy research i invested heavily on it and for the next three months I practiced mindfullness pretty much every single day. the benefits were amazing! And I was able to get my life back on track, for the most part.

    But then I stopped. Life was better and all, but slowly I started to feel like something was missing.

    Then i tried started again. TRIED being the keyword. For the most part of the last three years I've been trying to start practicing mindfullness again, but the most I could do was about three days in a row, and I would stop again. And I've been struggling to understand why. Like, really struggling. "I know practicing mindfulness makes me feel better overall, then why dont I just do it?"

    I actually went as far as to ask a therapist why did she thought that was happening. Her opinion was something along the lines of "well, if you think of mindfulness as a tool, maybe you had some use for it before, but now you dont". Since then, I haven't really been trying to start practicing again, even though it's been on the back of my mind for most of the time.

    So now I come across this video totally at random, start watching without really expecting anything out of it, and when you mentioned that the west uses mindfulness to try to fix the negatives instead of taking more out of the positives… it was like a lightbulb lit up in front of me. My MINDSET around mindfulness has been telling me "you're not that bad, you dont really need that now".

    SO now I know. And now I know what I have to do to reap the benefits of this wonderful practice once again: reframe my mindset around mindfulness. so, once again, THANK YOU, and thank you TedX for your amazing inspirational content.


  4. All this guy says here, it is so true that the day you practice to be mindful and here and now, you will feel peace, love, joy, happines, and many thing thai i cant not explain but it feel so beautiful to be alive here and now, some times i even cry in how life is so beautiful.

  5. Great video content! Forgive me for the intrusion, I would love your thoughts. Have you considered – Marnaavid Unexplainable Intervention (should be on google have a look)? It is a good exclusive guide for learning how to hack your flow state without the headache. Ive heard some super things about it and my cooworker got excellent success with it.

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