How to “grow” happy | Mithu Storoni | TEDxHongKongSalon – YouTube

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  1. I found this video so well done. I enjoy how she started off with the example of the mouse and its brain to show that happiness has legitimate effects on our organs. I was amazed to learn that our brains can and will shrink when we go from this extreme happiness/freedom to the next.
    I think it is important for people to hear this because so many of us tend to just take what comes to us in the terms of events in the world and let it effect us. Or, rather, let our emotional side of the brain take over. It’s really easy to do that instead of thinking with the rational side. Knowing that you can control your happiness and state of being is so crucial!

    The metaphor with the plant was great, too. It was so simple but so relevant to the human mind. Our minds might get stuck momentarily under the wight of negativity, but we are so powerful, our minds are so powerful, we have the strength to keep growing.

    This reminds me of the card choose two classes ago that spoke about choosing to say no to negative thoughts; your mind creates your own reality. What we see is our own perception. Those perceptions are created by the mind. And, in the end, our mind is a piece of us that we have control over, not the other way around. This was a wonderful video and it will definitely stick around in my mind next time I’m getting down. Namaste

  2. Wow! I had no idea the physiological effects stress and happiness have on the brain. One cannot overstate the incredible power and resilience of the brain. While it is at times a vulnerable organ, it is capable of monumental things; but it all comes down to how you treat it.

    The idea of treating your brain as a living organism (in this case, a plant) is an intriguing one. One must give the brain proper attention and care in order for it to be healthy, grow and in turn be mentally healthy. Mithu Storoni briefly mentions that those who meditate experience a slew of benefits, since they are more about to find a balance between the rational and emotional aspects of the brain. Achieving this balance can lead to happiness and inner peace, which is truly the goal in life. All it takes is the proper treatment and to truly want to grow and pursue a happy life. As Storoni says, one mustn’t become complacent if you achieve happiness, since life is unpredictable. One’s self-care must continue to experience a long, healthy and joyous life.

  3. It is interesting to understand how emotions will play out due to the scientific understandings of synapses, but it is even clearer that ones environment will be the strongest component. When illustrating how the mind is like a planet that grows, it is sad to realize the uncontrollable vulnerability a small planet or even a baby for that case has during the overall growth of their synapses. For some people their environment will be so sick that the stress on the brain will make the battle for concentration over emotion virtually impossible. For those that have the ability to even direct themselves towards meditation, it is clear to see how these arguments supports the practical psychological benefits of yoga/mediation practices. Control over ones own attention is invaluable towards personal growth and the execution of what enticed you in the first place.

  4. This video is very motivational, and it brings up several crucial points on the importance of a good environment. One of the points that really stood out to me is when she talked about the brain becoming resilient to stressful situations. During a stressful situation, it is easier to give in and view things with a negative mindset. People tend to focus on everything that goes wrong and overlook the small positive things. Growth is a part of life that cant be avoided and it is better to pay attention to the positive things rather than giving the spotlight to everything that goes wrong. I like how she explained the war between being rational and emotional tied because it was able to help me understand why those who meditate are happier individuals. The video highlights the importance of keeping a positive mind and a healthy environment.

    I still doing the Isha Kriya the required amount of time and one of the differences I have started to really notice an improvement in my sleeping habits. Meditating before going to bed forces me to put my phone away, I use a clock to keep track of time. I also have an easier time falling asleep instead of the normal tossing and turning.

  5. This video was extremely motivational and moving. I felt that it definitely broadened your perspective, simply by making you think about concepts and aspects of life in ways we may not have before. I connected to it because it was a reminder that we should not be passive to understand ourselves and that sometimes we may do that unconsciously. When she spoke about the physiological effects stress has on the brain and how vulnerable our minds our to our environment. We neglect our minds by overworking them through ways that run us down and are unhelpful to us. If we allow ourself to positively compartmentalise how we check in with ourselves, then we will be better to our on minds and thought processes.

  6. For the Isha Kriya I still practice it with the video however I found now I am able to have it more in the background and not focus completely on it. The benefits of the practice come to me in waves. I appreciate new things each time. Most recently it has been Patience. Really giving into how beneficial patience can be and what it can do for me and that is what I have been connecting to most recently with the Isha Kriya

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