Here are just some documentaries, videos, and art that inspired me to think again.
With unprecedented access, ‘Walk With Me’ takes us deep inside the world-famous monastery of Zen Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hanh, and captures the life of a monastic community who have given up all their possessions for one common purpose – to practice the art of mindfulness.
Filmed over three years, this visceral film is a meditation on a community determined to develop a deep sense of presence, not just for themselves but for all those they love.
As the seasons come and go, the monastics’ inner journey is amplified by insights from Thich Nhat Hanh’s early journals, narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch.
I was enticed by this documentary a few months ago and started watching it with a curious and open mind. I was blown away by what this film unraveled and it reminded me of my power to choose how I want to live my life in a healthy and holistic manner through knowledge and food.
I am slowly transitioning towards Veganism for I believe in its benefits for myself, for other beings, and for the environment. It will take a while but my hope is that by the end of this year, I can succeed in embracing this new lifestyle and be part of a compassionate community.
“We’re not gonna live forever. But while we are alive, we can live well.”
“And so the choices that we make around our food has the capacity to bring us true health and optimal wellness. Not just individually, but collectively as a species for our planet.”
A wonderful documentary about how to incorporate minimalism in your life to find that true happiness is here, not in the things we reach for or the status we long for, but in our relationship to what’s here and now.
I was personally inspired by this documentary and it encouraged me to start decluttering my house of things I have in excess like clothes, books, and other random things. I’ve sold them off for very low prices or donated them to charities around my area. I set monthly goals on which other areas in my life I could minimize like my spending, my utilities, my food, even my trash. Starting this habit makes me more mindful of what I spend my time and resources on and encourages me to reflect on what actually gives me lasting fulfillment or just momentary happiness.
Love people and use things because the opposite never works.
– Joshua Fields Millburn, The Minimalists