Drum rolls! Or should I say mindful bells! Here’s my list of the top mindful or spiritual movies of all time. You may or may not agree with me. But I will practice mindfulness and let go of your judgments. :)
This is a great find. A fascinating true story of a man who dresses up as a guru in the US and ends up with a cult following, just as an experiment. Shows you how easily we end up following someone and the joys and dangers of that process. Amazing.
Director Tom Shadyac speaks with intellectual and spiritual leaders about what's wrong with our world and how we can improve both it and the way we live in it. A fascinating personal story and interviews with amazing teachers including Desmond Tutu.
A Mindful Choice
Two modern day monks meet a diverse range of people making a choice for a better life through meditation. Ballet dancers and writers, stressed business people, a cancer patient, foster children and maximum-security prisoners; their stories show peace is possible for individuals and communities - and suggests it may be possible for all of humanity. Stunning cinematography combined with the power of people sharing from a place of profound peace delivers a palpable and moving experience.
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The Dhamma Brothers
A fascinating journey of a set of prisoner in a maximum security facility go on an intense meditation experience and have a transformation and realisation about true freedom.
Room To Breathe
Many schools across the country are facing an epidemic of students struggling with poor attention, low academic performance, lack of self-control, bullying and stress.
ROOM TO BREATHE explores one promising solution that has been tested in dozens of public and private schools – a self-awareness technique called mindfulness that increases kids’ focus and concentration, self-control and classroom performance.
The film presents a hopeful story of transformation, following a young mindfulness teacher, Megan Cowan, who spends several months attempting to teach the technique to troubled kids in a San Francisco public middle school that tops the district in disciplinary suspensions.
Cowan is confronted at first by defiance and contempt. But under her guidance, the students begin to learn the mindfulness technique and eventually use it to take greater control over their lives, decrease stress, and better focus in class and at home.
Based on the experiences depicted in the film, as well as results at other schools and independent academic studies, mindfulness appears to have broad potential to significantly improve kids’ social interactions with peers and adults, to reduce bullying and violence, and to improve academic performance and graduation rates.
Absolutely brilliant must see. Such a fantastic and entertaining way to look at the range of emotions and thoughts we have in our head, and how to navigate them. Make sure your children watch this - they’ll love it and learn so much too.
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Walk With Me
With unprecedented access, ‘Walk With Me’ takes us deep inside the world-famous monastery of Zen Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hanh, and captures the life of a monastic community who have given up all their possessions for one common purpose – to practice the art of mindfulness.
Filmed over three years, this visceral film is a meditation on a community determined to develop a deep sense of presence, not just for themselves but for all those they love.
As the seasons come and go, the monastics’ inner journey is amplified by insights from Thich Nhat Hanh’s early journals, narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch.
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A great movie to show you how our minds can create our reality, and also how many of us can get lost in an automatic pilot state of mind. You can learn about mindfulness and spirituality on many different levels in this film.
Wizard of Oz
Dorothy Gale is swept away from a farm in Kansas to a magical land of Oz in a tornado and embarks on a quest with her new friends to see the Wizard who can help her return home to Kansas and help her friends as well.
In this classic, enjoy a playful look as Dorothy goes on her heroine’s journey to truth. Brilliant!
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