Pearl Diving

According to the internet, Jay Shetty is a British vlogger, author, former monk, and motivational speaker. He has appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, A Little Late with Lilly Singh and Today to discuss mental health and life purpose. I don’t know Mr. Shetty and I don’t own the rights to the video below. You can read more about him here: Wikipedia

I’ve shared one of his many videos with several groups that I facilitate and we all seem to agree that this brief video is just loaded with pearls! To really appreciate them all, you will need to watch it more than once, but it’s only 3 minutes long. So watch it as many times as you need to.

To maximize the impact, I suggest jotting down a keyword for each topic that catches your attention on your first viewing. Then take a minute to breathe deeply and slowly as you consider the topics you’ve identified. (Pearl diving requires deep breathing!) There may be one that really speaks to you right now. Now watch again and rewind that section a couple times so you can really hear those words. Writing down a powerful quote helps increase the likelihood that you will be able to recall it at a moment when it can serve you. I’ve found appealing photographs and added the quote to make some “power cards.” Adding the visual impact of the photograph to the cognitive impact of the words seems to increase the chances that I can recall this important idea.

To summarize:

  • Grab pen paper
  • Breathe slowly and deeply as you invite your wise self to find the pearls
  • Watch video, jotting down all keywords that are important*
  • Breathe slowly and deeply as you view the list of keywords and identify the most important pearl
  • View that portion of the video at least two or three times
  • Write down a quote that summarizes the pearl

“Extra Credit”

  • Find an image to connect to the quote
  • Post the quote (or image with quote) in a place where you’ll see it often
  • Thank your wise self for its guidance

*When I recently told a group about this video, I said it was about forgiveness. Then as I watched it with them I realized it is really about the whole idea of letting go. When I first viewed the video, one quote about forgiveness really grabbed my attention, but watching it again , I heard new pearls that seem equally or more important. So, consider bookmarking this video so that you can easily view it. You may find that it speaks to you in different ways at different times. I have a treasure chest full of brief videos like this. I think of them as good medicine and try to “apply as needed”

I found a quote elsewhere that reiterated the pearl my wise self found in Jay Shetty’s video. I pasted it into a photograph and now the idea of forgiveness is more than just words on a page. I have a pleasant path that calls me forward. The photograph has a big idea and important feelings connected to it.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.