Video: Validation

Validation is an inspiring and creative video on what happens when we see clearly and share with people about what’s beautiful and good about them.

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” ~ Leo Buscaglia

Video: Inner Work and the Life of a Teacher

“My life is my message” ~ Gandhi

This video captures what I hold very dear…that the inner work of teachers (and by that I mean all who are in a position to educate and facilitate the transformation of others) affects their contribution in the world.

In this video, kindergarten teacher Dr. Debbie Dewitt says, “I teach who I am”. She asks, “Are the children happy? Are they whole? Am I happy? Am I whole?”

If more teachers, leaders, parents and others in the helping professions were aligned with such thinking, I believe we’d see a supremely more powerful positive transformation in the world.

One of the greatest inihibitors of such a difference is when we try to help others without doing sufficient inner work. I did that for many years as a social change advocate and count that as one of my biggest mistakes and am thankful I am more conscious of this now.

Learn more at the website of the Center for Courage and Renewal.

Video: Steve Jobs on How to Live Before You Die

I’m sorry to hear that Apple’s co-founder and visionary Steve Jobs has died. Here’s an inspiring video by him. He found the awareness of death to be a very important tool in his life. How could you incorporate death awareness into your own life so you can live a life of greatness, purpose and joy?

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Excerpts from the video:

“You’ve got to find what you love and that is as true for work as it is for your lovers…Your work is going to fill a large part of your life and the only way to be truly satisfied is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it, keep looking…don’t settle…as with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it..”

Jobs describes how for over 30 years, he would look at himself in the mirror in the morning and ask, “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?

When there were many days with a “no”, he knew it was time to change things.

“Remembering that I will be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in my life.”

“Your time is limited so don’t waste it on living someone else’s life…don’t be trapped by dogma…don’t let the voice of other people’s opinion drown out your own inner voice..the most importantantly, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition…They somehow already know what you want to become…everything else is secondary….”

 Related: Top 5 deathbed regrets, Leaving a Trail of Light, Martin Luther King on his death , What dying can teach us about living

Video: Recovering the diamonds

Another soulful video from Nic Askew, “Recovering the diamonds” is about understanding over judging, even those who have caused much harm…

I love this line –

“Might the diamonds be hidden just an inch beyond your judgment?”

Although the focus of this video is on those who have commited crimes, the message applies to all others we judge as having acted poorly – including ourselves.

Which person or group do you condemn, especially because they have caused great harm to others or you? How can you reach the diamonds beyond the judgment?  What would the diamonds bring you?

Learn about the CARE network in Singapore that helps re-integrate ex-offenders.

Videos: The Living Years

“The Living Years” by Mike and the Mechanics is about the sometimes conflicted relationship we have with our parents….and yet what we may feel when they’re gone.

I see people regret what they have not said and done when someone dies or has left their lives.  If we want peace instead of regret, then let’s express “I love you, I forgive you, I’m sorry, Thank you”….

“Say it loud, say it clear….it’s too late when we die…”

Christina Aguilera says something similar in “Hurt”…

“If I had just one more day, I would tell you how much I missed you since you went away”

Those closest to us are those we take for granted the most, such as our parents, partners, siblings and children….I wish us all renewed sight in seeing and appreciating what’s right under our noses…because one day it won’t be there…

Our relationship with our parents isn’t always smooth…but I think making peace with them is part of becoming whole, and enjoying other relationships more fully.  And making peace is most importantly done in our own hearts first.

Related: Forgiveness

Video: Truth Happens

Here’s a catchy video, “Truth Happens” on the inevitability of some changes despite the initial resistance they face…built on Gandhi’s quote:

First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win.

What do you know in your heart as good, true and coming from Love, which is ready to be unleashed into the world, despite the resistance it may attract? 

(Thanks to Doug O’Loughlin for sending on the video!)

Video: Embracing Otherness, Embracing Myself

Actress Thandie Newton gives an inspiring TED talk that guides us to an exploration of who we really are, our Essence and Connection.

I admire her open and authentic exploration of her own journey from hopelessness and confusion as a child of mixed parentage in a white neighbourhood to the self-aware and compassionate woman she seems to be.  

When are you in touch with your Essence so you can see what Connects you to others and the divine?