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Feeling Stressed? “Cabin Fever” Kicking In? The Mindfulness Movement Could Help.

 

I don’t know about you, but everything pertaining to COVID-19 has me overly stressed out. I worry about the health of my family and friends (my husband and son are “essential workers”). I worry about when I’ll be able to go back to work (I work in the school district) and I worry about running out of food and supplies. I’m also getting a bit “stir crazy” looking at the four walls in my living room. We live in a tiny condo with no yard, so things escalated to severe boredom very quickly.

I’m also considered to be “high risk,” so I have only left our home a handful of times to go to a doctor’s appointment and to pick up prescriptions.

I am very frazzled at this point.

Are you familiar with “mindfulness?” In case you are not familiar with that term, here is a brief explanation.

Mindfulness is the psychological process of purposely bringing one’s attention to experiences occurring in the present moment without judgment, which one develops through the practice of meditation and through other training.

I first learned about mindfulness two years ago when I attended a workshop on yoga and mindfulness for children (I work with children). I found it to be very interesting, and I was excited to implement it with the children I worked with. Sadly, adding mindfulness exercises into our classroom program didn’t happen, but I was still holding out hope that I could use it with my “work kids” one day.

I have thought about the practice of being mindful many times over the past two years. I’m not 100% certain on how to do it properly, but I took what I learned in that workshop and I try to practice it myself from time to time.

With everything that has happened with COVID-19, I can honestly say that mindfulness was the last thing on my mind (no pun intended). That is until I recently watched a new documentary called The Mindfulness Movement.

The Mindfulness Movement documentary is current available for streaming.

Here is a synopsis of the film.

The Mindfulness Movement is a feature documentary that examines the growing number of people throughout society who believe mindfulness – a peaceful quality of attention anyone can develop by simply focusing on the present moment in a non- judgmental way – is the key to creating a healthier, happier world. The documentary also offers an interactive element, giving viewers the chance to close their eyes and practice during brief guided meditations led by well- known mindfulness teachers.

Executive Producers and featured interviews Deepak Chopra and Jewel have been speaking out about the importance of mental health during the crisis, including their recent appearances on CNN. Deepak has been reminding people that as they take care of their physical hygiene to slow the spread of the virus, “it’s also important to practice mental hygiene” because stress weakens our immune systems, which is why the film can be a valuable resource. He said, “The Mindfulness Movement is a must-see film, especially for our challenging times.”

The Mindfulness Movement follows the emotionally compelling stories of four main characters (Jewel, Dan Harris, Sharon Salzberg and George Mumford) who reveal their personal hardships and explain how mindfulness transformed their lives. Woven between these journeys are profiles of the leaders, history and science behind the movement, as well as looks at the many places where mindfulness is already helping to improve society, including schools (from inner-cities to Harvard Business School), Fortune 500 companies, police forces, prisons, network newsrooms, neuroscience laboratories, therapist offices, sports teams, military veterans groups and the health care industry.

After watching this film, I am even more convinced that mindfulness activities would work out great with my “work kids,” as well as me and my family.

Practicing mindfulness is not a “hippie” or “mystical” thing to do. You don’t have to be “weird” or “way out there” mentally to use and benefit from mindfulness. This documentary proves that. After all, they wouldn’t utilize mindfulness practices in schools, Harvard, in the military and in Fortune 500 companies if it wasn’t something that the mainstream can use and benefit from.

You don’t need special equipment, expensive courses or tons of books to practice mindfulness. It’s basically being fully aware (mindful) of the things around you, what you are eating and drinking, and your thoughts. It’s being aware of your senses and it teaches you to focus on your breathing to calm your mind.

You can Google mindfulness and find a ton of resources and free online videos to assist you with learning more about mindfulness. Some places even teach classes about it.

I found this documentary to be very eye opening. I did learn about mindfulness in that workshop I took, but that only touched upon the practice. This documentary not only examined mindfulness from a scientific approach, but it also featured true life stories about how mindfulness changed people’s lives for the better. Take for example the singer Jewel. She was homeless for years and really down on her luck. Mindfulness helped her to turn her life around for the better. Now she’s an internationally known singer and song writer. She’s not homeless anymore.

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The film also features Deepak Chopra. Deepak has written many books and is a prominent figure in the New Age movement. Deepak has been conducting free online guided meditations, including a recent live global meditation that was so popular that the live stream crashed.

I really liked listening to people talk about how being mindful has changed their lives and make them feel happier, less stressed out and healthier. I also liked learning about how mindfulness is being used in schools, businesses, and health institutions, clarifying that mindfulness is not just some hippie mumbo-jumbo, but rather a real “tool” that everyone can use – young and old alike – to better themselves mentally and physically.

I know A LOT of people are stressed out and scared about what is going on in the world today with the COVID-19 virus. This documentary came out at an ideal time. I think now more than ever, people need to learn about being mindful in hopes that it will help us to make it through this world crisis even better and happier than we were before it struck.

If you are interested in learning more about this film, as well as how you can view it yourself, visit TheMindfulnessMovement.com.

You should check out the film’s Facebook page for more information, videos and more. The film can also be found on Twitter, and YouTube.

Below is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment.

 

Kimberly

*I received a free screener in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

About Kimberly

Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family and "mini zoo" consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly is a teacher's assistant for a Kindergarten class. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.