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Plan a Mindful movie night.

There really isn’t a better activity to pass the cooler months than getting together with your friends and having a movie night. For our Mindful In May theme I’ve picked three thought provoking watches that are totally different from one another. You can choose a very meditative and mindful night in, a savvy-on-trend look at minimalism, or a not-so-easy but very important look at how mindless behaviour affects our oceans. Whatever you choose don’t forget the pre-watch tea and coffee catch up to discuss your friends thoughts on the film.

Samsara

This visual feast is a non-verbal look at life, humanity, and nature filmed across five years in twenty five countries. Filmmakers Ron Fricke and Mark Magidson, created this hypnotic feast for the eyes to explore the wonders of our world from the mundane to the miraculous. Samsara, which translates as ‘the ever turning wheel of life’ seeks to show the unfathomable reaches of man’s spirituality and the human experience.  Neither a traditional documentary nor a travelogue, SAMSARA takes the form of a nonverbal, guided meditation.  Through powerful images, the film illuminates the links between humanity and the rest of nature, showing how our life cycle mirrors the rhythm of the planet. This watch is ideal for getting mindful and in the moment this May!

Minimalism

Minimalism is a common theme in sustainable living and sustainable fashion circles. It’s often misconstrued as a moment that is based on owning the lease amount of stuff. While some people who prescribe to minimalist ideas do take their lifestyles to this sparse and utilitarian approach, the majority would agree that minimalist living is about living mindfully. The film Minimalism, created by The Minimalists focuses on ways that people live mindfully with less. Available on Netflix this would be a great movie to invite your friends over to watch with some homemade snacks.

A Plastic Ocean

Occasionally we loose sight of what it is that we bother being mindful for. We can feel powerless against the sheer size of the environmental issues that society faces. Feeling stripped of power is dangerous because it makes us apathetic and stalls our eco living evolutions. Why not get a dose of mindful watching to combat apathy and stoke the eco fire with A Plastic Ocean. This brand new 2016 watch is available now on Netflix and it follows the story of journalist Craig Leeson, who, in search of the blue whale, discovers plastic waste in what should be pristine ocean. In this adventure documentary, Craig teams up with free diver Tanya Streeter and an international team of scientists and researchers, and they travel to twenty locations around the world over the next four years to explore the fragile state of our oceans, uncover alarming truths about plastic pollution, and reveal working solutions that can be put into immediate effect.

What film makes your mind tick? Perhaps you have a favourite one to bliss out to? Whatever the case please share your recommendations and throughs below.