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The Mindfulness Movie (2013)

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The Mindfulness Movie is a fun and educational journey showcasing the worldwide brain research proving the benefits of mindfulness and the public’s increasing awareness and acceptance of the practice. The movie celebrates those who have reshaped mindfulness into everyday, practical skills.

Neuroscientists now tell us that the practice of mindfulness literally changes the brain in positive ways. And it’s as simple as paying attention! Throughout the film, we encounter inspiring people and ideas on how changing the way we see can change our lives.

Leading world experts discuss eight essential aspects of mindfulness, including easy to understand studies showing why we function at a more highly effective level when we change our default mindless mode to a mindful mode.

Paul Harrison

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morgansolt, posted on July 31, 2016

being mindful is also understanding there are many different realities existing all at the same time. your reality and mine interact like red and blue food coloring in water and mix into and accepted common purple reality.

amichai.yam, posted on July 31, 2016

why did you put her in this documentry?

bonnie8564, posted on July 31, 2016

The mindfulness way of being will be a great asset to all. But you go to fast. Much of this movie was multi tasking teaching mindfulness (contradiction). I am not angry, just please help us by slowing down and feeding us one raisin at a time. ;). Make another Movie, one step at a time. I would be grateful, and my daughter who struggles with this (autism), would really love to get the core teachings. Thank You

samsonward, posted on July 2, 2016

Great movie with many interesting and scientific points, completely dumbed down by those two idiots in red and blue. What was the point of this? No self-respetcing intellect would watch this and enjoy those two. What were the producers thinking? Was this made for kids??!!! I could not stand them.

bonnie8564, posted on July 31, 2016

I took away good help from, hand tracing, being aware, the i-phone, ear plugs. That showed alot of what is really distracting us and pulling us into the edgy state of never being comfortable and always trying to find out why.

info0411, posted on June 30, 2016

spoiled by the 'bossy' girl patronising the 'dumb' boy. This sort of stereotype undermines the message in my opinion.

Chellius, posted on April 23, 2016

This documentary really had potential and I gave it a shot the first 30 minutes. The first half was okay, besides of the rediculous mindless 'Mindful' girl in red shirt... But after that first half the movie had me thinking the film maker is in serious need of a minfulness class himself.

pamelascript, posted on January 16, 2016

Ok. Are the comments being censored. I had both critical and complements and they were not posted. It was professional, not rude. Interesting.

bonnie8564, posted on July 31, 2016

This point is great, I love what you are trying to do. I just do better one step at a time and good actual visual examples. Your base goal is a very worthy one. Thank You.

SuzannaB@Gaia, posted on January 17, 2016

@PAMELASCRIPT, your review from January 11 is still posted! Just scroll down on this page to that previous comment.


pamelascript, posted on January 11, 2016

VERY good points, but with LIMITATIONS.

In some parts of the movie, it does communicate the art of watching while being aware of one's feelings.
However, the girl in the red shirt, at times, does not seem to be aware of her own state of consciousness
while she is scolding the gentleman.

It is not as if "Mindfulness" just got here. Just an infinitesimal mention of "The Power of Now", for example, Buddism, etc.
Great stuff what the film is doing with kids and vets. Good work with PTSD. If one is having an actual serious episode with PTSD,
while "mindfulness" can help, there are tools such as EMT tapping, and Thought Field Therapy that
are even stronger methods of dealing with a severe emotional PTSD situation.

The shaman Lujan Matus suggests to be aware of our outside world, our mind,
AND what our body, heart, and gut are feeling, non-judgmentally, as one is acting as the observer.
Thank you!

nowvoyager, posted on November 8, 2015

This movie was very good. I think perhaps I have been introduced to my next career (smile).

permagaia, posted on November 3, 2015

I found this documentary really enjoyable. Having just completed the 31 day mindfulness summit (free online) organised by Melli O'Brien it was great to see some familiar faces too!

SuzannaB@Gaia, posted on November 3, 2015

Thank you for your comment! You may also be interested in our Stepping into the Heart meditation guide here:


nishantjain8, posted on September 26, 2015

Good information on the subject although the presentation could have been better and some of the information was repitative.Also they could have included information on meditation practice of buddhism and other traditions to make it better.Good watch anyways.

edcluff1, posted on September 26, 2015

Good information however, I don't understand the practice of interviewing someone and having them talk to someone "off "camera. If they are talking to the observer, why are they not looking "into" the camera. That seems to me to not be "mindful" of the observer. Most documentaries do this.

bodyelectrician, posted on September 24, 2015

Great subject to bring into the mainstream . If you practice meditation this is something that is learned, especially in Zen Buddhism hence the word practice . The more people that understand this as a concept may then begin to try it...sorry DO it! :) I thought the movie approached this subject in a very comical and light hearted manner! I ve personally found Jon Kabbat-Zinn to be an outstanding teacher on this subject whilst practicing and deepening awareness.

SuzannaB@Gaia, posted on September 25, 2015

Thank you for your comment! We appreciate your review.


cspheeris, posted on May 27, 2015

i found the first section so inspiring, concise, and informative, even profound at times. the production quality was very good. then the film seemed to switch to really tedious testimonials with poorly lit shots and cheesy music. i felt like i was watching an infomercial. nevertheless, i found the presentation in the first half quite valuable for me.

art heart, posted on May 25, 2015

Powerful, Life Changing, Life Affirming and Life Enhancing. Thank you. ; D

BR, posted on March 27, 2015

I found the constant music (often heavy metal guitars) underneath the talking distracting and stress-inducing (ironically). The constant changes of speaker were rather irritating. It is as if it was made for people with an inability to pay attention. I found it stressful to watch. I would have liked a film that was itself mindful and calming, with opportunities to practice mindfulness instead of just hear about it.

bretthaugen, posted on March 24, 2015

More real life examples would have been good. Maybe a Mindfulness Movie For Teens would be a great second film with lots of examples.

RIVARDJ, posted on March 1, 2015

januspro9, posted on December 19, 2014

Good points and interesting information. I could not come to terms with the distracting, "cutsie" talking heads editing in the beginning. Very distracting and quite mindless. Would have more impact if you just incorporated one or two of your "experts" in each segment. I agree with another viewer who said the music was annoying. It's not necessary. Again, that's like your mindless character doing two tasks at once. Good content doesn't need music hype. It comes in at the strangest times. Keep on keepin' on. We all need to be educated. Thanks.

jdegen, posted on November 19, 2014

I think this is a great overview of the major contributors and populations that can be impacted by mindfulness teachings.
I am a School Psychologist and would like to teach mindfulness to teachers. Thanks so much.

hefferantm, posted on August 30, 2014

I have suffered from depression my whole life, and if I had known about mindfulness, that wouldn't have been an issue for me. They definitely should be teaching this in every school, starting in pre-school, all through high school. Thank you for making this available.

jbrand1997, posted on August 27, 2014

Good information - lots to consider and definitely need to watch more than once.

JIIVANIID, posted on August 15, 2014

I found the content interesting, but the musical score very distracting. I kept wanting to delete the music.

wina1960, posted on July 23, 2014

It took me three times of starting this movie over to really pay attention to what was being said. I see the main point as being in the moment. Being on manual control instead of autopilot is an important part of my job. I have many things I need to be aware of and if I am going through the routine and not paying attention to what is going on around me something important may be missed. Thinking about what happened yesterday, ten years ago, or even just a few minutes before could be just enough of a distraction for me to miss an action, comment or even my own reaction to what is happening could cost dearly. I will definitely watch this movie again and refer it to others.

lahla, posted on July 20, 2014

Be mindful that your movie is so full of speed and jumping about that it seems the demographic you are perhaps appealing to is the very media, device driven folks that popular culture has been nurturing. Personally this type of jumpy buzz isn't something I can stand and seems to me sends a double message to those you might otherwise example. This example reminds of parents who say, do as I say, not as I do.

revdrdi, posted on July 16, 2014

Who the heck wants to be in their body and mind? Its a tsunami in here.

frederiquefusa, posted on July 15, 2014

Even when we are mindful the reality is still colored with our perception: desires, expectations, fears... There is no reality just mindful or mindless perception.

meier.rachel, posted on July 14, 2014

I gave the film five stars, even though there were a lot of things I did not like. This is a good film for anybody who is at the beginning of the journey. Good concept, but not impressed with the execution...

GypseeSpirit, posted on July 14, 2014

As an artist I will go into a mindful state...where all I think about it what I am working on in the this point I do not worry about the past nor the future.....time does not is a creation of man...I am unaware if 2 min has past or 2 hours. There are some who comment here that seem confused about mindfulness...I would suggest searching on Eckhart Tolle ... his book is Living in the NOW. He has some good videos on YT. There is ONLY NOW. If you want to understand this read his books. BTW some scientist are saying that time is NOT linear but happening all at once....WE move thru time (the absolute NOW) ...that is why sometimes time passes quickly and sometimes it drags unmercifully.

dariushober, posted on July 12, 2014

To me, this topic of the film only has relevance from a dualistic perspective that "this type of thinking" is better than "that type of thinking. Because one focuses their attention to one band or frequency does not mean that the other bands are not being processed. Like with the analogy of the "monkey mind", just because one centers on ONE monkey, it does not mean that the other monkeys have disappeared! They are still running amok. So is purposefully ignoring them better?
Throughout the film, various speakers refer to being present. Yet when we stay attached to our external/physical senses we are never "present" due to the slight time lapse that occurs for information to be filtered, processed, and imagined. So can we really be present with waking consciousness?

mananui, posted on July 12, 2014


EdgardoT, posted on July 12, 2014

The beginning cracked me up. Mindfulness? Is that minding your own business because my mind is already full?

rita.sullivan, posted on July 12, 2014

I experienced shivers of joy for the length of the film and now beyond.
Funny how truth brings you back to yourself!
Thank you so much for this opportunity!
God bless

Sundari7777, posted on July 12, 2014

It's a good start down the path - a wonderful introduction. It inspires me to want to find a mindfulness training group.

moonbeam1591, posted on July 12, 2014

I hope to watch this movie again in the near future. I have many friends I want to recommend this film to. I was delighted to see so many of the mindfulness teachers I have read and followed in this movie. I have a friend who is a health and wellness teacher in middle school. I wonder if mindfulness is a part of her curriculum. If it isn't I plan to share this movie with her and get her feedback. So many young people are struggling with modern life, as the movie points out.

As the widow of a retired U.S. Marine who I believe struggled with PTSD, (he took his own life), I am happy to see that the military is finally taking steps to relieve suffering and to de-stigmatize this very real condition.

william.livingston, posted on July 12, 2014

This movie is a great light in reigniting the fact that communication is key, and above all, EXPERIENCE is the one and only true way. Mindfulness is just a re-explanation of Taoism. To be present. And there are many other teachings of which I'm sure, that in their essence are about living in the true moment, with full expression and awareness.
Taoism of course was long before this, and perhaps others were presented long before Taoism was 'written' into existence. None the less, it's amazing how many ancient and still practiced today, forms of medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine, etc. that have already owned and discovered not only 'mindfulness' but many other things.
One cannot fathom the innumerous times in my young medical career (still as a student) that I have discovered writings from across the board (TCM, Taoism, Zen Buddhism, Biblical (maybe), Chinese Proverbs, Ayurvedic principles, etc.) that state something similar to:
There can be no depression, except for when living in the past. There can be no anxiety and stress, except when living in the future. Live in the moment, Tao., posted on July 11, 2014

What a great documentary. I work at a college and I notice the behavior of so many people is MINDLESSNESS. It would be so great if people would be more engaged when you interact with them. I wish they would work this training into all school plans throughout the country. And I wish they would start it at an early age. PLEASE!

shortylvta, posted on July 11, 2014

I started meditating about 6 years ago, and started really understanding mindfulness around 2 years ago. This movie was a wonderful compliment to everything I have already learned, and something I am so excited to share with my loved ones and friends. I am just abundantly grateful for mindfulness, and the new life I have acquired because of it. Thank you to all who put this together. Life is amazing !!!

loisconklin, posted on July 11, 2014

Good movie with very informative lessons. I wish you could have asked me on the street about Mindfullness, as I would have been familiar with it from about 6 or 7 years back. I found the cd's and books by a Buddhist Monk who was teaching it and sharing the information. I'm so glad it is coming to centers and schools and pray it will get out into our communities more. Thank you.

bbskids, posted on July 11, 2014

To be more mindful in my life, of my life, is truly living. To see mindfulness being used to heal PTSD in military and in schools is uplifting and gives me a hope for the future. We have built such a busy, mindless community, it's refreshing to see the pendulum swing in the other direction. Thank you for the encouragement.

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