Wouldn’t it be great if there was a simple, free, scientifically proven, mental exercise that you could do for a few minutes every day to improve your physical and emotional health, lower your stress levels, sharpen your ability to focus, strengthen your relationships, and increase your quality of life?
There is! It's called “mindfulness"

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Thank you for helping to create a healthier, happier world!
WHAT DO ALL OF THESE PEOPLE HAVE IN COMMON?

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THE FILM

Welcome to The Mindfulness Movement! And if you’re just finding out about mindfulness, we’re glad you’re here!

We’re currently filming this inspiring and informative feature length documentary film (approx. 90 minutes), and fundraising in order to cover post-production costs. We’ll provide updates throughout the production.

Our plan is to release the film to a global audience in theaters, as well as by downloads, streaming services and DVDs in late 2017 or early 2018. The film will make mindfulness easier to understand and learn, explore why it is spreading so quickly, examine the scientific evidence for its many benefits, and show mindfulness being put into action by compelling people in a variety of settings such as elementary schools, leading business schools, hospitals, Fortune 500 companies, police forces and more.

Together, beginners and experts alike, we can reach the critical mass needed to make mindfulness a foundation of society, as we co-create a healthier, happier world — one moment, one movie at a time. This film can do for mindfulness what “An Inconvenient Truth” did for awareness and action on climate change!

Why does the world need The Mindfulness Movement right now? There are books, magazines and websites about mindfulness, but there are still millions of people who have never heard of it.  All of us know it’s important to eat a healthy diet and exercise. But many of us don’t know that training our brains in a scientifically proven way is just as, if not more, important — because if we’re too stressed or depressed we’re less likely to eat well or exercise.  And we’re also less likely to treat each other with kindness and empathy.

By reaching a global audience, we’ll be making mindfulness acceptable, accessible, and enjoyable for everyone to embrace!

What is mindfulness?  In the most basic sense, mindfulness is simply paying attention on purpose to the present moment in an open and accepting way.  You can develop mindfulness through meditation as well as activities that involve present moment awareness and other skills. Every time your mind wanders and you bring your attention back to the present moment, you increase your ability to be mindful — like building muscles by doing repetitions of an exercise at the gym.  This quiets your mind, increases your ability to focus, allows you to better manage your emotions, and enables you to build more meaningful relationships.

In other words, mindfulness is the opposite of mindlessness — and is the paradigm-shifting antidote to the many sources of stress, distraction, disconnection, and conflict in our modern world! 

Mindfulness doesn’t require any type of religious or spiritual belief, and it is definitely not a New Age fad.  Practicing mindfulness has been shown in numerous studies to improve people’s physical and mental health by lowering stress, chronic pain, and blood pressure, while increasing empathy, focus, and contentment.  This enables people to live healthier lives and improve their relationships with others.

By showing the inspiring and informative examples of experts and everyday people putting mindfulness into action, The Mindfulness Movement will make it easy for anyone to develop this skill or deepen their existing practice in interesting and fun new ways.

Please help make mindfulness one of the foundations of our society by joining the movement and making a tax-deductible donation now! You can also follow us on social media by clicking on the icons at the bottom of the page.

To learn more about mindfulness and The Mindfulness Movement film please watch the trailer at the top of the page or the longer informational trailer below.

THE EXPERTS

01In addition to hearing from everyday people whose lives have been changed by their daily mindfulness practice, we’ll also hear from the world’s leading mindfulness experts, including:

  • Tim Ryan, US Congressman from Ohio and author of “A Mindful Nation”
  • Daniel Goleman, psychologist and author of many books including “Emotional Intelligence”
  • Sharon Salzberg, a pioneer of mindfulness in the West, co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society and author of many books including “Real Happiness”
  • Deepak Chopra, physician, international speaker, and author of more than 80 books including “You Are The Universe”
  • Bill George, professor at Harvard Business School, former Fortune 500 CEO and author of “True North”
  • Dan Harris, ABC News anchor, host of Nightline, co-anchor of Good Morning America, and author of “10% Happier” and the “10% Happier” app
  • Diana Winston, Director of Mindfulness Education at UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center
  • Judson Brewer, Director of Research at the Center For Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Chade Meng Tan, Co-Founder of Google’s “Search Inside Yourself” mindfulness-based employee program, Chairman of the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute and author
  • Goldie Hawn (if her schedule allows), Academy Award winning actress, Founder of the Hawn Foundation and its “MindUp” mindfulness-based K-8 curriculum, author of “10 Mindful Minutes”
  • Richard Goerling, Police Professional and Resiliency Trainer, “Mindfulness in Policing” workshop leader
  • Rich Fernandez, Co-Founder and President of Wisdom Labs, former Head of Executive Education at Google
  • Richard Davidson, neuroscientist and Founder of The Center For Healthy Minds at University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • and more!

THE TEAM

TMM EPs 4 grid 3 croppedThis is a true passion project for award-winning documentary filmmaker, Executive Producer and Director Rob Beemer, who has been practicing mindfulness for 10 years, and parenting expert for the Jiyo wellbeing app and Executive Producer Leigh Koechner. Rob has enjoyed making documentaries for more than 25 years, including feature length documentaries and more than 200 hours of network and cable TV programming in a variety of documentary genres, with an emphasis in science and history. Leigh has a Masters in Spiritual Psychology, leads uplifting workshops and is a stand up comic. She is most grateful for being happily married to her beloved husband, actor David Koechner, (Superior Donuts, Anchorman, The Office) for twenty years and parenting their five beautiful children.

Their commitment to spread the benefits of mindfulness to a global audience is shared by fellow Executive Producers and Jiyo co-founders Dr. Deepak Chopra, MD and Poonacha Machaiah. Jiyo will donate a portion of any future revenue to The Chopra Foundation to fund further research on mindfulness. Deepak is a pioneer in integrative medicine and personal transformation, and Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolism. The World Post and The Huffington Post global internet survey was kind enough to rank him the #17 most influential thinker in the world and #1 in Medicine. He has written more than 85 books translated into over 43 languages. His latest New York Times best-selling book is You Are The Universe. Poonacha is a serial entrepreneur, has been a business leader in Fortune 100 companies, and is among the new breed of emerging social entrepreneurs who are using approaches from the commercial world and employing technology to tackle social and environmental problems. He was thrilled to play a key role in the founding of India’s leading social media startup along with internationally acclaimed film director Shekhar Kapur and multiple Academy Award and Grammy winning music composer A.R. Rahman.

DONATIONS & PERKS

Contributions are tax deductible for US residents and are made to the International Documentary Association (IDA), a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, which will then distribute funds to the film for approved expenses. See the section at the bottom of the page for details.

We would greatly appreciate a donation in any amount. Since the IDA is a non-profit we can’t offer any rewards with direct monetary value, but we are happy to show our appreciation so you can be part of the movement in the following ways:
– $10 or more: Your name in the “Movement Builders” section of the film’s official website
– $250 or more: Special Thanks credit in the film and on the website
– $1,000 or more: “Key Contributor” credit in the film and on the website
– $5,000 or more: Associate Producer credit in the film and on the website
– $10,000 or more: Co-Producer credit in the film and on the website
– $25,000 or more: Co-Executive Producer credit in the film, on the official poster and in all promotional materials where other producers are listed
– $50,000 or more: Executive Producer credit in the film, on the official poster and in all promotional materials where other producers are listed