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I'm organizing a TEDx event centered around the theme "mindfulness." Anyone have ideas of relevant activities for our activities room?

To elaborate, we will have an activities room for audience members to go before, during breaks, and after the event to do a number of mindfulness activities. The room will be classroom-sized and host a number of areas with someone facilitating a short activity related to our theme, mindfulness. I'm thinking something that gets our audience directly involved, such as utilizing social media, would be cool. Also, maybe a more physical activity like meditation tips, etc. Any ideas would be helpful just to get the juices flowing.

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    Gail .

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    Feb 19 2013: I can think of several ways to introduce people to their "SELF".

    1) Introduce the difference between an emotion and a feeling (emotions are body-oriented reactions. Feelings are a self-centered universal language.) The more in-touch we are with "feelings", the more power we have, and the less "owned" we are by emotions.

    2) Have a bunch of mp3 or mp4 binaural meditations from different frequencies - including gamma, to allow individuals to experience the variances. This allows them to compare their "normal" to their "ideal".

    3) A speaker giving fun and simple mental exercises that show immediate results of mind-power over body. (Such as close your eyes, hold out your arms, then hang (one at a time) imaginary grocery bags from one arm. Watch the surprise as participants are asked to look at where their arms are after 5 or 10 bags are hung on one arm. There are many of these types of exercises.)

    4) Show a scary movie and ask spectators to practice keeping themselves "at peace". It's hard if the music is playing in the background, so silent will be easier.

    5) Exploring your emotions class. Ask participants to choose an emotion that really bothers them & interferes with their life quality. Ask them to experience it as fully as they can (in silence). The result is that they get to experience their own perfection.

    6) Set up some bio-feedback machines - that allow participants to see how powerful their SELF is and how un-mindful habitual thoughts impact their physiology.

    7) Have someone explain how to connect to psychic power, then have people give readings to one another.

    8) Remote viewing experiments.

    These are all part of recognizing aspects of SELF that most people ignore.

    I'll think on this and send more ideas as they occur, if this is the type of information that you are looking for.
  • Mar 17 2013: Namaste,

    I would encourage you to look at Marsha Linehan. She used mindfulness in creating Dialectical Behavioral Therapy for people with Borderline Personality Disorder. Mindfulness is the at the core of DBT. Though one must be certified to officially use DBT as their therapeutic modality, there are fabulous aspects which anyone can use.

    As an addictions counselor I find persons who have depression and anxiety find great success and benefit from using mindfulness techniques. I have used Thich Nhat Hanh's example of fresh apple cider with my clients. I read the concept in his book, 'The Sun My Heart'.

    The challenge I find is living in a state of mindfulness within the reality of society. We must find that place within where we give ourselves permission to be in the moment without expectation of the next moment.

    Soft paths....
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    Feb 20 2013: You need to let us know how you define "mindfulness". Are you meaning the definition that is spiritual based? Or a general definition of awareness?

    Your version is vital to what you can do, or what you should not do, for some of the comments suggest a very narrow approach to your theme, which is not what a TEDx theme is about.
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      Feb 21 2013: .
      Yes, "to slow down and smell the roses".

      I would say let our mind completely occupied by our instincts without any invalid happiness and suffering.
      (See my comment the second previous above herein)
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    Feb 20 2013: A great resource you probably know about in this area is the blog Zen Habits. If you don't know about it, you have a treat in store for you when you visit.
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    Feb 20 2013: This idea is not really doable but I'll contribute just to get the juices flowing. I really like milk and usually have a couple of gallons in the fridge. Sometimes I'll exercise with them, take them by the handles, move them around in circles with my arms, touch my toes while holding them, dance with them to music. I also hold them against my stomach, lean back, and press out, or "lift" them, with alternating muscles of my stomach to tone my stomach.
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    Feb 19 2013: A better definition of your interpretation of the word "mindfulness" would make it much easier for me to give you suggestions, if my understanding is similar to yours.
  • Mar 18 2013: Hi Mabel,
    My name is Roxana, I have a degree in System and I`m Coach, certified in Newfield Consulting. I provide trainings and seminars and usually include activites, for example to improved concentration and mental activity other ones to feel energized and positive, etc. I use to pick them up from luminosity site. Hopefully this information helps you. Don´t hesitate to contact me if you need additional information. Regards, Roxana (Argentina, Bs.As)
  • Mar 9 2013: Mahasati meditation;

    and Anapanasati Meditation; mindfulness of breathing.

    I've trained in both of these and they are great for getting people to learn a physical exercise in mindfulness.
  • Mar 8 2013: I think you have to be careful to give the right understanding of what mindfulness is and not make it too gimmicky or about 'doing' things. The best way to experience mindfulness is to do simple meditations that start to get people to be more aware of how their minds work. The raisin exercise is really good for this as explained in many mindfulness books (see my blog for references of books

    This is a short exercise about 10 mins but would need careful facilitation so that the main learning points are drawn out (being in the present, noticing the mind and how it wanders, directly experiencing rather than 'thinking' about the experience) etc.

    I will see if I can think of other simple things like this. Id love to come if you can send details of when and where the event is!! Hope this helps, Paula
  • Mar 4 2013: I'm a Tai Chi /Qigong and Kung Fu teacher with meditation experience as well.

    How about some Tai Chi and Qigong? You can do push hand exercises, the basic Tai chi 24 move short form and some Qigong exercises.
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    Mar 4 2013: Highly recommend you consider Michael Neill. His newest book is called "The Inside Out Revolution", due out later this spring in the US and Europe. Focusing on three simple but profound principles, Neill describes a new way of thinking about....thinking. I can't think of anyone better to talk about mindfulness - and talk about this concept in a new context. TED is all about innovation; consider these ideas and this speaker if you are ready for a new perspective. More info:
  • Feb 25 2013: mindfulness means alert?being consciousness?concentration?I think meditaion does help.Meanwhile keep on studying and be conscious in thinking.Keep on thinking,never stop thinking while studying.
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    Feb 20 2013: .
    Mindfulness --- our MIND is being occupied FULLy by our instincts without anything else.

    Instincts are our ancestors’ successful experiences formed 10,000 years ago.
    Hence, mindfulness makes us successful and content without worry and unnecessary want.

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    Feb 19 2013: Blindfold and "Mindfulness Coffee Break"... "really taste the tastes"
    Low volume music... "guess the music.. win a hug!" :D
    Empathy Spy Frenzy. Each person has a secret card. He has to make "an observation mission" with his target... and simply fill in the card. "what was he/she thinking?" "how was he/she moving?" "was he/she feeling good or bad?"
    ... MILLIONS OF GAMES CAN BE INVENTED with the practice of Mindfulness!