Why Mindfulness Is a Superpower: An Animation

Why Mindfulness Is a Superpower: An Animation


You may have heard this word mindfulness,
it’s become something of a buzzphrase of late. I’m going to give you one simple serviceable
definition which is this: mindfulness is the ability to know what’s happening in your head
at any given moment without getting carried away by it. Imagine how useful this could
be. Just as an example, youre driving down the road, and someone cuts you off in traffic.
How do you normally react? I think most of us normally react by having a thought, which
is, “I’m pissed”. And then what happens next? You immediately, habitually, reflexively inhabit
that thought. You actually become pissed! There’s no buffer between the stimulus and
your reaction. With just a little bit of mindfulness in that same situation, you might notice,
“my chest is buzzing, my ears are turning red, I’m having a starburst of self-righteous
thoughts, I’m getting angry.” But you don’t necessarily have to act on it and chase that
person down the road screaming at them with your kids in the back of your car thinking
you’ve gone nuts. Now you might be thinking, “don’t I need to get angry sometimes? Aren’t
I justified?” I would say yes, but probably not as much as you think. The proposition
here is not that you should be rendered by mindfulness into some lifeless, nonjudgmental
blob. The proposition is that you should learn how to respond wisely to things that happen
to you, rather than just reacting blindly. And that, my friends, is a superpower. How
do you get it? The way to get it is through meditation. I believe that meditation and
mindfulness are the next big public health revolution. In the 1940s if you told someone
you were going running they would’ve said “Who’s chasing you?” but then what happened
next? The scientists swooped in, they showed that physical exercise is really good for
you, and now all of us do it, and if we don’t, we feel guilty about it. And that’s where
I think we’re headed with mindfulness and meditation. It’s going to join the pantheon
of no brainers like brushing your teeth, eating well and taking the meds your doctor prescribed
for you. Let me just close by saying mindfulness is not going to solve all your problems, it’s
not going to render your life a nonstop of parade of unicorns and rainbows. Nonetheless
this is a superpower, and one that is accessible by you, immediately.

100 Comments

  • SchoolofRockNRoll says:

    I love how dead panned he said "im pissed"

  • D. Cø says:

    Anyone got a fantastic mr. fox fibe from this?

  • Phil Baugh says:

    I am mindful of the fact that is a hedgehog. Not a mouse.
    There. I just let that go.

  • Mark McKinney says:

    Great video!

  • Amit Kar says:

    I had to subscribe !

  • Michael Scott says:

    Yoga and meditation is important, changes life.

  • Kapil Sood says:

    Awesome

  • Pihu says:

    guys you've got to check this out. this is so awsome👉https://youtu.be/oXjGIzDGRdI

  • Zh. Q says:

    The animation is so cute, I love it!

  • Priyank Bhartiy says:

    All he needs to do is say ALRIGHT…ALRIGHT… ALRIGHT and BAM! You have Matthew Mousaughnahey

  • Rudra Biswas says:

    "be curious , not angry " Seth Godin

  • Perfectly Here - Mindfulness Education says:

    It is, and more than you know #mindfulness

  • erfansvideos says:

    Does this message have to brought by the world’s most horrendous animation??

  • Noah Schnitzelfisch says:

    awesome animation!

  • Amir says:

    This is some good shit

  • Jeremiah Schultz says:

    "I'm pissed"

  • dg_ridden says:

    tony robbins explanation of actions stemming from 1 of 2 things: Out of love or Cry's for help helps to understand & forgive why people say and do the things that might cause you to feel unease like anger and being annoyed at them, Would recommend reading or listening to his explanations of this practice if just starting to practice mindfulness for the first time

    additionally worth looking into is the Hindu practice of Ubuntu (observer state of the arrival & then source of one's thoughts & emotion) & Confirmation Biases to ensure your not justifying your own errors of thought + behaviour by blaming everyone else's.

    A great introductory easy read book for getting into mindfulness healthily without conditioned bias's is The art of Thinking Clearly by Rolf Dobelli

    wish someone had recommended me these types of content early in life which is why just typed all this incase helps someone else

  • Dan Rodriguez says:

    Lol. Minfull of mindfullnes mindfully minding to mind

  • Dale John Caballero says:

    Chased it by running? Why not use ur car? It's easy. 😁

  • Reno Riha says:

    Love how simple and to the point this video is!!!!!!!

  • lJ Draws says:

    I loved watching the hedgehog and the rat sort animal just walking around casually

  • Matías Quenardelle says:

    good video but i don't think taking the meds is a no brainer since they kill hundreds of thousens every year but good video

  • RLB Flaminis says:

    MEDITATION THAT DOES NOT ALTER CONDUCT IS AN ILLUSION;
    dont let meditation boost your ego instead of dissolving it.

  • daveslow84 says:

    You get unicorns? I'm in!

  • YoungBlaze says:

    Is that a cat or a hedgehog mouse?

  • Robert Wirütin says:

    Nu das hat er jetzt gut erklärt.

  • Arthur U says:

    Video title suggests he will give reasons as to why mindfulness is a super power. In the video he says it is just because.

  • Wojna says:

    Danny McBride.

  • Carlos Roma says:

    "Why mindfullness is a non-scientific technique that causes a lot of damage to the scientific psychology".

  • Daryl J. S. Badajos says:

    Christianity can help

  • Devina Divine says:

    Kinda felt weird how you slid in there that it was a no-brainer to be guilty.
    Also, when you highlighted how we follow what doctors and scientists say without question.
    Good video, though.

  • Luka Music says:

    I agree with everything except taking meds, that shit is poison

  • Vince Luna says:

    I like this.

  • QTee says:

    This video is hilarious… and i know what you mean… but patience… it's a virtue

  • TheRandom says:

    That radical islamic given dislikes.

  • Peter Nault says:

    I try to meditate but there is weird feeling that some force is trying to impede me from doing so. How could that be? Why would God want me to be less mindful? The moment I reach that point of deep thought and mindfulness the world around me seems to time a perfect noise or itch or pain to kick me out of my place. Why? You could argue that this force is trying to help me by kicking me out of my comfort zone, but aha! Why take all that time to punish me when they could offer me a solution, or a job or at least allow me to keep my job or apartment without continuously being kicked out on the street for the tiniest infraction?

  • Athul Raghu says:

    In India some roads are so narrow that every driver encounter something like this..but they learn to stay cool through experience.
    People who has such problem..then drive on indian roads.. everything is going to be fine.

  • Josh V-R says:

    Haha love the animation.

  • Crouching Wombat hidden Quoll says:

    Americans could stop bombing so many countries and cultures with this kind of superpower ☮️ Peace.

  • Dante Smith悪魔の死神 says:

    I don't think that any of it is a "Super Power" or any of that type of B.S. but it is quite influential on people etc.

  • Michaela Turner MA says:

    Notice how the mouse takes us to the body sensations first.

  • THE SIMPLE DEVIL says:

    Worls is going to be spiritual im the end

  • The Lo-Fi Waves says:

    Brilliant!

  • Mukesh M says:

    Your effort and idea is worth an Award

  • Tosin says:

    I really liked the unicorns and rainbows. How can I get those?

  • Joshua Prewer says:

    Loved this!! To the point and funny!

  • Dhanaji Patil says:

    loved it …simply loved it 🙂 amazing video ….ty for this 🙂 I have just started practising it.

  • electricpine says:

    Nice stuff . . . nice videos . . . did not like "and take the medicine your Dr. prescribed" in mindfulness is a super power. Yes I am an editor and critic.

  • Vineet Kansotia says:

    Damn this video plain explains what I wanted to hear! 🤯

  • J. C. says:

    "I'm pissed :o"

  • Dionne Clelland says:

    Mindfulness DOES solve all of your problems. If you practise mindfulness enough, problems will be a thing of the past

  • chocolatewheelchair says:

    Don’t react
    , respond

  • JustAnotherDork 105 says:

    We watched this at school and mah teacher didn’t know it said pissed 😂 everyone was laughing thanks for the fun times happify!

  • Not My Name says:

    You dont necessarily have to meditate to learn mindfulness and be mindful, just start practicing the observation of thoughts and emotions as they arise and before you act in every day life.

  • B1oodshot says:

    i disagree and believe mindfulness is actually mindlessness. Just as the Ying Yang goes there must be a balance between the two, negativity can offer alot of self reflection and constructive criticism. We live in a very narcissistic world where "mindfulness" can do more harm than good, when you consider the hard truth to face that we are all addicted to short term pleasures and rewards you realize that maybe it isnt good to focus on solely the present and the things that make us feel good and that you need negative reflection to change the things you hate about yourself that you know deep down need to change. Simply giving into the world is NOT a power its giving up, it being a sheep! Focusing on the good more than the bad is not how you master life. I believe this "mindfulness" is being used to further push the masses into impulsive short term thinking. Controlling your emotions when you're mad in a traffic situation is not mindfulness its simply self control and intelligence. Were being further molded into product consuming cattle!

  • Jim Mallard says:

    Is there a way to remove the "pissed". We would love to use this as an introduction to high school students about mindfulness; but would rather have "ticked off" or some other less inappropriate word. It is great; but are wondering about broadcasting it to students.

  • Ashu .. says:

    When he said "I'm pissed" I died 😂

  • Judith Young says:

    Language make this unusable.

  • Q Min says:

    Mindfulness should be taught in Schools as part of health carriculum (misspelled). Imagine kids harnessing the skill to be mindful in their day-to-day… Less anger, less violence, less need to "fit in" to the status quo and cliques, less attachment to things, more self confidence, more humbility, more kindness, more focus, more inner peace.

    For my future child

  • Jean Abapo says:

    here's another mindfulness intro video that I liked: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvnTRZ4CsOY

  • Heather Jurkowski says:

    I loved this!

  • Fresha Vocado says:

    I had to watch this for school but actually really liked it. I started meditation guided by youtube hypnosis videos (some of them are bad, I know, but some of them are life changing! The Michael Sealey ones without the rain/storms are fantastic) and I swear it's changed so much about how I approach feeling anxious and depressed. It's an amazing life tool to practice. Great video! The animation was really cool too and I'd probably watch more content with this character/voice.

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  • Mindful - Grateful - Joyful says:

    What an amazing way to describe it 😀 Instant subbed!

  • famous Genius says:

    0:32 his face make me laugh

  • Hannah Ojanpera says:

    TMI but my therapist told me to watch this and I'm glad she did because i laughed and learned.

  • A Jackson says:

    Very informative, indeed……. operative word of the day "meditate"!

  • Mimi Tea says:

    0:32 made me laugh out loud 😁

  • 2ndrwkng says:

    Stoic philosophy people.

  • John Monahan says:

    Lol TRASHHHHHH

  • Scotlette says:

    what a cute animation! loved it and the message

  • edvinbar says:

    Made me want to try. Nice, short and consice

  • 名誉 ために日本人天の祖先天 says:

    iChing Montgomery County Police Guarding Japan's Imperial 期天關哪 Family, Ki Principle Preserves Beauty

    —– 

    https://youtu.be/5He6BquHzP8

    This is a matter of too many good things at once!

    1 awesome musician 

    2 (as cheesy as it sounds..  and fortunately as rich) legitimate imperial japanese heritage

    3 Very wise government run by clinton surrounding it (needing a japanese flower to get talking on this)

    4 beautiful unique people who are not all related directly to government but all have generally liberal views

    basically this is like someone looking at montgomery county

    saying if anything happens to this family its bad.

    im like downloading japanese girls and chilling with cool people its a big breakthrough

    on top of that its formation, i have discrete but frankly non 100% hideable protection not from my self from guards. 

    it looks rich and thats the context of it.. basically its saying no matter have much it may be discordant to whatever else i do its needed and luckily its a sign of everlasting wealth and stability in both countries. 

    this is an age of spies and this happening just shows gusto in the right direction because its being depicted as under constant challenge. 

    therefore the more very conservative signs i show of being protected and imperial the better. 

    sometimes you let the personality go and just say safe soft and protected. and this is whats attracting ppl.. and blah blah blah.. lol its just good hard to explain.. imagine being the princess of japan lol.. and they want to protect it. i figure it may die down a bit after a while but right now its like a spy story and its too wierd so basicallt ill take it as a princess because from what i see plainly its saying im singlehandedly holding this up otherwise as the usa.. if i say im protected by elite police suddenly it becomes the cia is a lot smarter and im just aware of the news even though all i was saying was of course right. its a breach of their policy to npt help blah blah.blah of course i could technically deny help i dont though .. n yea chilled with shelby 

    its a shift for everyone here as well

    u look like a skinny conservative asian decked out in protection personnel 

    NOT a wise fat old adept who protects themself and is full of energy wisdom 

    lol… 

    enjoy the feeling of being security cleared (unless you are actually suspicious the checks are thorough) and protected so cozily while it snows and while stuff u want happens because its also the psychology of it… 

    simple enough for a kid to understand

    before we even talk the selfmade gifts

    we cant just ignore that huge heritage related fortune 

    especially not now

    not to lessen the good of the art and wisdom

    just honesty about its origins

  • LadyDerpsALot - says:

    this animation tho <3

  • Tapan Kumar says:

    Really , Its an Ultimate reality and Truth, Lord buddha also said the same

  • Alexander Wesley MATTHEWS says:

    I always try to meditate but I don't really kn ow how and I don't think its working because I always get angry at the smallest things. 🙁 HELP

  • Will Da Pensive Penguin Dood says:

    I'm pissed

  • Adrean Cooper says:

    For anyone who practices this method and it works for you, I have a question. Could this be described as like a greater form of patience? Like, is it just better patience or something to help make you more patient? Not sure if I asked that clearly, but could someone elaborate a bit?

  • linuxmq says:

    I would not say "amazing videos". I find this type of anthropomorphism absolutely stupid. have you seen a rat brushing its teeth? Having it working on its mindfulness-building strategy?
    If people making these stupid animated characters cannot create human drawing, they should go back to class! Even if the message can be interesting, this just puts me off and I find the entire video at the lowest level. Bad!

  • Rob Stehlin says:

    I am stuck on mindfully taking medications recommended by a doctor who is influenced by BIG PHARMA? Why is this here in this video. It is so out of place it looks like a paid advertisement from the pharma industry.

  • MOST Közösség says:

    Great video! We prepared the hungarian translation. Where can we send it in order to be published?

  • Nereus says:

    so in the end it means becoming a blob yes, they want to control you. don't react if they suppress you or stomp on you, by mindful and shut it, keep quiet so you won't be a problem.

  • g. randall wright says:

    Meds your doctor prescribed??

  • Lucien Roughton says:

    Leave it to Dan Harris to 'splain it so well

  • Hajar iml says:

    i didn't want this video to stop… please keep doing more!!!!!

  • 2PeopleLab says:

    ¨̮ cute hedgehog with mindfulness meditations..

  • Evelyn Estefania Escobar says:

    La traducción por favor !!!

  • Erick Gutierrez says:

    “I’m pissed”

  • Subscribe For no reason says:

    I eat my mind.

  • Leonidas Leo says:

    I love this video, it teaches you but gives some laughs also

  • p5ych official says:

    Why am I watching this at 3:00 in the morning

  • Jens Berg says:

    «I´m pissed»

  • Eimantas Butkus says:

    yes, get stomped on and just take it calmly, and think about it when you try to fall asleep of how cucked you've become

  • Arlen Samuel says:

    Thank You

  • Hans Hoerdemann says:

    I love Dan Harris's voice. Please tell him.

  • Princess Zparkles says:

    I watched this in yoga class lmao

  • Michaela Turner MA says:

    @0:51, mindfulness is tethered to the body.

  • Fernanda Ramírez says:

    Your animations are amazing! Congratulatios. Keep up with the great work!

  • Dajju Kunrama says:

    Red flags everywhere

  • Elma Aruqi says:

    Hey you are freakin awesome👍👍👍👍👍👍👍

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