Oprah Winfrey with Thich Nhat Hanh
Thich Nhat Hanh, or "Tay" as he is affectionately known (Tay means Teacher), is one of the most inspirational people in the world. Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Martin Luther King Jr, this Zen Master oozes compassion, heart and wisdom - as you can see here in this talk with Oprah Winfrey.
One of my fav parts of this interview is Tay's four tips for relationships. They are SO good! If only we could all apply them...:)
Embrace is a fantastic watch for a person of any age or gender, but especially for a young woman growing up in today's society. Taryn Brumfitt, the creator and host takes you on a round the world journey to look at the effect society and media has on body image and how we can learn to embrace and love our body for the beautiful gift it is.
He Named Me Malala
Malala Yousafzai is one of my personal hero's and a source of inspiration for me. At 16 years old Malala advocated in her native Pakistan for young women to have the right to go to school and receive an education. The Taliban disallowed education in any form for women and Malala was specifically targeted and shot in the head by the Taliban whilst on the bus going home. But Malala survived and she continues to fight for Women's Education Rights across the world.
Did I mention Malala is also the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize Winner?
Ok, I'll stop now before ruining it but you get the idea, watch the film :)
The Animal Communicator - Anna Breytenbach
This is by far my favourite animal documentary! Anna Breytenbach appears to be so in tune with her own inner silence which gives her an incredible ability to communicate with animals, including a very aggressive and unhappy Black Leopard named, Diablo. The effect she has on the Diablo, as well as on other African animals goes beyond what I could ever have imagined and it's so beautiful and fascinating to watch.
Life is full of love, happiness, joy and also, pain. B.J Miller came from an extremely privileged background, growing up in New Jersey and attending Princeton. B.J was goofing around one night with his buddies after a few drinks when he was electrocuted, causing him to lose both his legs and one arm. He shares his incredible story of personal acceptance and contribution as a Doctor treating the dying, with Oprah Winfrey on SuperSoul Sunday.
The True Cost
The True Cost is such an insightful watch! Fast fashion is the term used for many big companies in the fashion industry such as H&M, Zara, Topshop and Cotton On, which pump out cheap items of clothing, fast. One of the many, many downsides to fast fashion is that the clothes, shoes and accessories are made in factories or sweatshops that are home to very bad, underpaid and at times lethal conditions.
The True Cost really made me think about where I want to buy my clothes from and my relationship to fashion. It definitely opened my eyes to buying sustainable, organic and ethically made clothing. Would recommend!
Bethany Hamilton, Heart of a Soul Surfer
As a teenager, I absolutely loved Bethany Hamilton (actually, I still do). When I watch and listen to Bethany, I feel that the spark in her heart and the strength of her Faith ignites that same feeling of love and Faith in me. I think that she has incredibly special qualities, on top of what is already exceptionally, moving story.
This 30 minute YouTube clip is an oldie but a goodie (really good). Bethany has a new movie coming out soon called, "Surfs Like A Girl", so keep an eye out for that in the coming months, too!
That Sugar Film
If you're anything like me and you are utterly addicted to sweet treats and sugar (but you don't want to be) then watch this film! It explains practically, medically, emotionally and scientifically why we should ditch the sugar and focus on our health in a loving and holistic way.
I found it really insightful and it certainly put me off sugar (well, at least for a few months).
If I could choose a handful of people to have lunch with, one of those people would definitely be Mother Teresa. She just seems like one of the kindest spirited, loving humans to have graced the earth. This is a bit of an old clip but I still love it. What do I love the most? The four personality traits she demands of people who want to live and work with her.
1. Healthy Mind and Able Body
2. Common Sense
3. Ability to Learn
4. A Cheerful Disposition
Katie Piper, My Beautiful Face
As you can see, I'm really into stories of resilience, strength and courage! If you haven't heard of Katie Piper before, I can totally recommend her story. Katie, a stunning UK model and TV presenter, was devastatingly raped and attacked with acid to her face by a crazy, jealous ex-boyfriend. This is her story of recovery, strength and courage.
Yeonmi Park, Young Girl Who Escaped from North Korea
This short speech given by a beautiful girl who fled North Korea came at just the right moment in my life. Last week, I was very upset about something that had happened to me, something I had no hand in but it affected me ginormously. I really wanted to find the strength to not be a victim but rather to have Faith. I opened Facebook and this clip appeared. It gave me SO much perspective and dampened my pity party (thank God!).
Some people go through so much in their life and yet they find the will and strength to continue. They are resilient and can feel the pain but not blame the world. These are the people I find inspiring.
If you need a pick me up or a dose of perspective, this is your clip.
Ted Talk with Dr Jill Bolten-Taylor "A Stroke of Insight"
I watched this Ted Talk last week and really enjoyed it! Dr Jill Bolten-Taylor is a medical expert and brain researcher from Harvard University. In her mid 30's, Jill suffered a sudden stroke that came with no warning or prior symptoms. Jill has one of the best attitudes, deepest Faith's and kindest heart's I've ever seen (she's also pretty funny and straightforward about life!).
This is her experience of temporarily losing the use of the left side of her brain (the side that tells us how to calculate or how to cross the road, as well as telling us we are individuals, separated from humanity).
It's a fascinating mix of science, spirituality, heart and humour and totally worth 20mins of your life to watch.
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