YouTube Tuesday

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Every week I share five YouTube videos with my team at work. Content ranges from self improvement, health, communication, business, science, philosophy, or anything else that can spark an interesting conversation. Each Tuesday, I share my favorite video from the past week in the hope that it will make you stop and think. Let’s all keep learning and growing together.

My favorite video from the last week is Mindful Self-Acceptance? Bad Idea According to Ancient Chinese Philosophers. | Michael Puett by the YouTube channel Big Think. Mindfulness and meditation are both buzz words these days. Hearing them remind us to be more aware of the world. Michael Puett, China historian at Harvard, presents the argument that in the United States, mindfulness has become almost a passive acceptance of the way things are. We should instead use mindfulness as a tool to become aware of how to change ourselves, change our actions, and change the world around us.

As a relatively new meditation practitioner, I enjoy Puett’s many points about how mindfulness is meant to be a constructive tool rather than something like binoculars through which we view the world but have no impact on it. I hope you enjoy!

-Tyson Simmons


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