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janine shepherd: you are not your body

October 18, 2012

I like listening to inspirational talks and often find myself perkier afterwards. Why is that? I believe it’s because it makes me think, it connects me to myself and keeps my fire for life and growth ignited. You know that one of my favourite inspirational talks is by brené brown.

Today i’ve decided to dedicate a whole post to another TED talk. I’m not going to say what it’s about. There’s nothing like the element of surprise. This, for me, is yet on another level and left me speechless and in tears, despite having now listened to it numerous times. I hope that you’ll find something in it you connect with and that you might get inspired too.

In the true sense of slow living, grab a cuppa, set aside 19 minutes (go on, indulge) and take a deep breath. Now get ready to be blown away, you won’t regret it!

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  • Reply Theresa October 19, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Wow, what an amazing journey Janine has traveled! After such a horrific accident/experience, her attitude and determination is inspiring. These types of videos always make me ask myself, “What are you complaining about?” It makes you sit up straight and take stock. Thank you for sharing, Tina. Have a wonderfully inspiring weekend!

    • Reply tina October 21, 2012 at 11:03 pm

      It’s not just you who feels we really don’t have anything to complain about. It is rather humbling and just serves as a reminder that life is there for the taking and that we can make the best out of any situation that is thrown at us. I’m glad you enjoyed it!!

  • Reply geraldine October 19, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    Thanks Tina for the inspirational video – I certainly can relate to it professionally – it is sometimes tough seeing the emotional rollercoaster our patients go through with their disability – Nowadays, we are measuring the ‘value’ we give our patients rather than purely their outcome measures ( in fact, this is a major piece of work I’m collaborating on with some of the other teaching hospitals in London) – so really resonates with me. I think she has illustrated it perfectly how ‘kindness’ – what that nurse did – can have more of an impact on a patient than a pill. Have a great weekend 🙂

    • Reply tina October 21, 2012 at 11:10 pm

      I’m excited for you to be involved with such a great project. I totally agree, that human kindness, understanding and empathy will often reach out further than a ‘pill’.

      I find myself in a dilemma when people ask for charity for cancer research. Am I funding more medicine research? Of course, in some instances pills can help but I’m totally alternative so am not sure I would go down this route…

      I’m glad you listened to the video. It is good for the medical profession to see that sometimes mind of matter does exist, whatever the medical school teaches:) Janine is definitely a role model and I accept that not everyone has her steel willpower and determination. I’m completely in awe…. x

  • Reply Holly October 21, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    Oh Tina!! This was such an inspiring talk. Just the perspective I needed, so thank you. xoxo

    ps. “see” you soon 😉

    • Reply tina October 21, 2012 at 11:11 pm

      It was great to “see” you, albeit on skype:)

      Happy you guys enjoyed it. xx

  • Reply Catherine Bedson October 23, 2012 at 2:11 am

    Incredibly inspiring story from Janine. She didn’t say who she thought the voice was that was calling her to stay in her body. God? my personal belief is that she went through a spiritual experience but didn’t realise it.

    “When you let go of what you are you become what you might be”.

    (When she) “let go of what she thought she was, she was able to create a new life”.

    I don’t believe it was her that created this new life it was’s called surrendering and letting Him do it for you according to His plan.

    Just my personal perspective.

    Catherine xx

    • Reply tina October 25, 2012 at 2:53 pm

      I’m convinced she went through a spiritual experience. In a way it was best not to specify as many people would switch off if she’d mentioned the word God:)

      I’m not religious at all but consider myself spiritual. Everyone will have a different take on this. For me, it was her own inner strength and wisdom that helped her transcend to another level of consciousness. How that happens, none of us know.

      I have recently seen 2 very strong and wonderful movies on the subject of religion and finding your inner strength.

      The first one is called: Fill the void. A romanian movie I saw at the London Film Festival. If and when it comes to Australia check it out. It’s a fascinating true story of love of human relationships and love for God.

      The other one is a french film called ‘Rust and Bones’ and tells the tale of a young woman who looses her legs in an accident with a dolphin and how she overcomes depression and a bleak future. Stunning performances. Again, that’s opening here in the UK this weekend but am sure will get world wide distribution.

      Thanks for your insightful comment xx

      • Reply Catherine Bedson October 26, 2012 at 1:50 am

        Thanks for the lovely reply Tina. I was a bit worried after I wrote my reply..thinking I shouldn’t have gone there. I’m the same as you, I’m not religious and I don’t go to church but am spiritual. I agree, if she had’ve mentioned the word God she would’ve alienated alot of people who needed to hear her story. The movies you recommended sound really good I’ll see if either of them are coming here. Was looking forward to seeing the new Woody Allen movie “When In Rome” but it only got two stars here. Catherine xxx

  • Reply Ingrid October 24, 2012 at 6:25 am

    Fantastic – what an amazing story Tina, Thanks for sharing this. You’re right it is humbling.

    Do you ever listen to the Moth?
    They can have some amazing first hand accounts of people’s lives.

    x Ingrid

    • Reply tina October 25, 2012 at 2:54 pm

      I’m glad you enjoyed this:)

      No, never heard of the Moth. Just checked it out. Thank you for that!!

  • Reply marie October 28, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    wow, am very touched.
    by Janine, her will, the straw, the nurse, the little things/steps which become so big when you put your heart in it. Very inspirational. Many thanks for sharing this, Tina,

    • Reply tina October 28, 2012 at 7:40 pm

      Thanks, Marie.Glad you found it inspirational!!

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