Synopsis



“We don’t know we’re mindless because we’re not there to notice; and if you’re not there, you can’t notice that you’re not there to notice.”  

Ellen Langer, Ph.D. Harvard University, aka “The Mother of Mindfulness.”


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.

First, the movie explores answers to the two basic questions: what is mindlessness? And what is mindfulness?

Then, the viewer is guided through the neuroscience of why the brain defaults to a mindless mode 90% of the time. 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.

Finally, The Mindfulness Movie tells the heartfelt stories of military personnel and teenagers using mindfulness to overcome stress, anxiety, depression, and PTSD. These real life examples of personal initiative and success truly inspire the viewer to engage the world in a new way.

The Mindfulness Movie (2014, 69 mins) is produced and directed by Paul Harrison AIA. Executive Producer: Lori Lynn Schmidt. Editor: Ken Duke. Cinematography: Steve Scarantino. U.S. English. A Paul Harrison AIA film. A Where’s My Mind? Media release.