Archive for April, 2014

Creating Space, Creates Growth

Posted on: April 23rd, 2014 by The Mindfulness Movie No Comments

Mindfulness helps create the space between the unknown and insight

Yesterday I attended the KPCC’s Crawford Family Forum hosted by Dr. Nick Udall and Dr. Jeremy Hunter on the topic of “Mindfulness—Where Business and the Behavioral Sciences Intersect.” I was struck by how similar several main ideas they discussed were captured dramatically in The Mindfulness Movie.

Both Nick and Jeremy are experts on using mindfulness as a tool in business transformation. In their work, the goal is to grow innovation, compassion, and openness—thus creating leaders and organizations for which ideas can flow unrestricted of previous conditioning, outdated thinking, and old pattern loops.

As Albert Einstein said and is quoted in the movie, “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”

Mindfulness allows us to create space between our highs and lows. Between the fear of the unknown and insight. Between pain and resolve. And in that space, we can take the time to choose our reactions. Oftentimes, we don’t use this space, and instead quickly go to a negative reaction, suffering the resulting pain. Then we cover up the pain—with the many remedies at our disposal (i.e. alcohol, overeating, etc.)—but we don’t stay with the pain.

That’s the problem. In that pain or fear of the unknown—be it personal or professional or corporate—there is a valuable energy; and in that struggle we may have our best innovative and creative ideas. If we just allow ourselves to be with the pain or fear, we can work with it as the good and powerful seed it can be—helping us to sprout forward with new growth and life for ourselves and our professional endeavors. Even solve corporate negative patterns that are choking its growth and survival.

In many ways these concepts are repeated in The Mindfulness Movie. In one skit, Mindful tells Mindless—while making a space between her hands, “If your thought was this hand, don’t focus on the hand. Focus on the space between the hands, and you’ll feel better.” Later Nick, one of the teenagers featured who has used mindfulness to deal with anger issues, says, “If this cushion is my problem, sit on the cushion. Be with the problem.”

Be with your pain. Be with your problem, and let it germinate the seed of innovative wisdom that can propel your creativity and forward movement.

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The Hidden Ancient Wisdom

Posted on: April 23rd, 2014 by The Mindfulness Movie No Comments

Based on many true stories

When I was a young man of thirteen, I loved to watch the series, Kung Fu, starring David Carradine as Caine or Grasshopper. In fact, I know now that the early exposure through this series of the ancient wisdom of the Tao Te Ching and the Sage Chuang Tzu left an impressionable mark on me and led to my interest and practice of mindfulness when I was seventeen.

This ancient wisdom is hinted at throughout the The Mindfulness Movie if you know where to look.

In one show first broadcast on ABC, in November, 1973, Caine helps a missionary woman rescue a Chinese boy from slavery to a member of the Dragon of Retribution Tong. When the missionary woman asks Caine if he would like to learn to become a Christian, he says:

“I have a path. I seek not to change it but to follow it…I seek only to become a cup. Empty of myself. Filled with oneness.”

Besides directly expressing the core idea of the Tao, which is seeing and living without being entirely cannibalized by ego or self. It also gives rise to the idea that a glass in never half full or half empty, one gives rise to the other. They are codependent of each other and therefore co-arise. In the The Mindfulness Movie, during the gunfight scene, Mindful tells Mindless,

“Don’t you see you have both, mindless and mindful. You can choose which one you use.”

Again, they are co-dependent and co-arise together, when you are mindful, you are not mindless, thus when you are mindless, you are not mindful. The truth is that one allows you to recognize the other, just as beauty allows you to recognize ugliness and dark allows you to see light.

The Mindfulness Movie Can Help You Avoid Some Common Pitfalls

Posted on: April 18th, 2014 by The Mindfulness Movie No Comments

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diminishingly Don’t waste your precious time…

I was walking this morning with my dog, Kokoa, and stopped to talk with a neighbor. The tears ran down her face as she described the sad event of her husband dying a couple of years ago. She recalled a story of how they ended up in an argument—while he was cooking her dinner—over her calling a shallot an onion. She told me, “It’s so sad how sometimes we mindlessly argue over something with our loved ones or partners. It’s a ridiculous waste of our precious time together.”

What the world needs now, is not just love sweet love, but a little sprinkle of mindfulness and a dash of less mindlessness. I got inspired and went home and wrote this poem to my beautiful wife, Lori. She said it was “one of your best ever” and wanted me to share it:

We have only this moment

And sometimes when it’s too late

We realize the ridiculousness

Of arguing away these precious moments…

try this site We spend together.

 

Great differences

Can be merely small fissures

Or Grand Canyons

In the rich mountains of love.

The latter is insurmountable

And the other requires a simple bridge…

We can build together.

 

No one can experience

The weathered mountains of love

Ignorant of the canyons and fissures

Their existence is undeniable in lovers

Yet, the love that last

Is forged from lovers that realize

That both sides of the great canyons

Are merely the same…

When we see together.

 

Our love can transcend

The mountain of love

When we realize we are the mountain itself

And we are not separated by its canyons

For even at the base of this great canyon

The mountain is one and the same again

It is only an illusion of separateness

We can dispel…

When we join together.

 

Let’s enjoy our moments together

Let’s build the needed bridges together

Let’s simply “see” together

Let’s forever join in love together.

 

I love you, Lori.