Eve Ensler, creator of "The Vagina Monologues", works to end violence against women and girls around the world. In her TED Talk she declares that all of us, no matter gender or age, have girl cells. These cells offer us intuition, empathy, compassion, openness, reliability, intensity and vulnerability. That these cells are vital to the continued evolution of our species and the continuation of the human race. She tells stories about the resiliency of girls under horrific circumstances from around the world. She ends this TED talk with a very powerful monologue, "I am an Emotional Creature".
"The only way I have ever understood, broken free, emerged, healed, forgiven, flourished and grown powerful is by asking the hardest questions and then living into the answers through opening up to my own terror and transmuting it into creativity. I have gotten nowhere by retreating into hand-me-down sureties or resisting the tensions that truth ignited."
"According to the Buddha's teachings, the most basic condition for happiness is freedom. Here we do not mean political freedom, but freedom from the mental formations of anger, despair, jealousy and delusion."
"Well-being cannot exist just in your own head: Well-being is a combination of feeling good as well as actually having meaning, good relationships and accomplishment. The way we choose our course in life is to maximize all five of these elements." ~ Martin E. P. Seligman, PhD