Shortly after I had a mental breakdown, I fell out of touch with the person I thought I was. With my party girl clothes safely piled in the closet, listening to my roommates getting ready for yet another night out, I would grab a jar of Nutella and dig deep into the TED website.

It was not as romantic as it sounds.

I had quit smoking simultaneously as I quit throwing up my food. Replacing with chocolate spread was doing nothing for my awful energy levels and poor body image. Also, while I hid in my bedroom this way, sometimes people would come to my door with a joint or a flask, kindly offering me the very things whose tentacles I had just removed from my throat.

I would just strap on headphones and watch more TED talks.

Looking back, I probably should have just eaten some carrot sticks, made a plan to move out, and watched the TED talks in the library. It didn’t have to be as uncomfortable as it was. But that was my story—my months in a cocoon of self-discovery.

If you are stuck in your own healing cocoon, and you need some encouraging voices, I hope you’ll find these talks helpful. I sure did.

What about you? Which TED talks have helped you on your journey within? Please leave a comment below.

Best TED Talks for the Journey of Self-Discovery

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  • August 3, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    Wow Vironika Tugaleva! What courage you have to share how you spent a number of months in a healing cocoon of self-discovery. Thanks for sharing those awesome TED Talks that helped you heal. Warm Hugs, Pam

  • August 5, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    Love this collection! I’ve heard a few and need to listen in on a few more.
    Thank you for putting this together.

  • September 22, 2016 at 2:33 am

    Great collection here Vironika, thanks as always for sharing! I’ve only seen one of them, can’t wait to check out the rest- you’re the living proof of how useful they must be, am I right?! You’re an inspiration! Keep up the positive work <3 <3 <3


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