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Paying Attention & Mindfulness


Sam Chase




Sam Chase asks you to pay attention during his opening talk at TEDxNYU, deftly exploring what it means to be truly mindful and how every one of us can incorporate the practice into our lives. Sam Chase designs and delivers programs in mindfulness, yoga and resilience for organizations nationwide.


My name is Sam Chase, and for the next 15 minutes, I really hope you'll pay attention. Now, I'm hopeful, but I am not gonna let myself get too optimistic because I teach meditation for a living and I study the science of conscious attention. So I know a little bit about the kind of things that tend to happen inside the human.

For example, I know that in 2010, a group of researchers out of Harvard got together to study the daily thoughts of over 5,000 people from over 80 countries. One of the things that they found was that our minds are actually wandering about 47% of the time, which means if half of you are actually paying attention right now, I'm probably beating the odds by just a little bit.

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