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." And we're creating a documentary to spread the benefits of mindfulness to a global audience!

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WHAT DO ALL OF THESE PEOPLE HAVE IN COMMON?

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THE FILM

Welcome to The Mindfulness Movement! Whether you’re just finding out about mindfulness or looking for fun, new ways to deepen your practice, we’re glad you’re here!

We’re finishing editing this inspiring and informative feature length documentary film (approx. 100 minutes), and we’re now fundraising for our outreach campaign so we can share the film and the benefits of mindfulness with the world. We’re providing updates on our social media sites (see icons at top & bottom of the page) and you can also sign up for our email newsletter updates in the newsletter pop-up window or by clicking on the “contact” button on this site.

Our plan is to release the film to a global audience in theaters, as well as by downloads, streaming services and DVDs in early 2020. The film will reveal dramatic stories of personal transformation, 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.

Why does the world need The Mindfulness Movement film right now? There are books, magazines, websites and apps about mindfulness, but there are still millions of people who have never heard of it or don’t really understand it.  All of us know it’s important to eat a healthy diet and exercise. But many people 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, the film will be making mindfulness acceptable, accessible, and enjoyable for everyone to embrace! And everyone in the movement will be helping themselves and others make more moments matter in their lives.

What is mindfulness?  In the most basic sense, mindfulness is a quality of attention that anyone can develop by paying attention on purpose to the present moment in a non-judgmental way.  You can develop this quality of attention through meditation as well as activities that involve present moment awareness and other skills like walking mindfully and eating mindfully. 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 is a secular practice that 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.

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!

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! 

THE EXPERTS

In 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:

  • Jon Kabat-Zinn, a pioneer of mindfulness in the West, founder of the Center for Mindfulness at UMass Medical School and author of many books including “Mindfulness for Beginners”
  • Jewel, singer-songwriter, musician, poet, author, 4 time Grammy nominee, owner of the Jewel Never Broken company and foundation
  • 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
  • Richard Goerling, Police Professional and Resiliency Trainer, “Mindfulness in Policing” workshop leader
  • George Mumford, a leading mindfulness teacher who, as he likes to say, has taught mindfulness “from Yale to jail,” including to NBA legends Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal, and is the author of “The Mindful Athlete”
  • Rich Fernandez, CEO of the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute, 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

This is a true passion project for award-winning documentary filmmaker, Producer and Director Rob Beemer, who has been practicing mindfulness for over 10 years. Rob has enjoyed making documentaries for more than 25 years, including feature length films and more than 200 hours of network and cable TV programming, and is thrilled to use those skills to help spread the benefits of mindfulness to a global audience.

Rob is incredibly grateful to have the support of Executive Producers Dr. Deepak Chopra, MD and Jewel Kilcher on this project.

Deepak is a pioneer in integrative medicine and personal transformation, and Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolism. He is one of the world’s most influential thinkers and public speakers, a co-founder of the Jiyo wellbeing digital platform, and has written more than 80 books translated into over 40 languages. His latest best-selling book is Metahuman: Unleashing Your Human Potential.

Jewel is a singer-songwriter, actress, author, mother and advocate. She is a Multi-Platinum Recording Artist who has earned multiple Grammy Award nominations, an American Music Award and an MTV Video Music Award among many others. She started the Never Broken Foundation and online program, and has partnered with the Inspiring Children Foundation to make mindfulness and emotional intelligence tools available to the masses for free.

Executive Producer Poonacha Machaiah is the co-founder of the Jiyo wellbeing digital platform, a serial entrepreneur, a business leader in Fortune 100 companies, a public speaker 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.

Executive Producer Leigh Koechner is a parenting expert on the Jiyo digital wellbeing platform, has a Masters in Spiritual Psychology, leads uplifting workshops and is a writer and stand up comic. She is most grateful for being married to her beloved husband, actor David Koechner, (Anchorman, The Office, Superior Donuts) for twenty years and parenting their five beautiful children.

Co-Executive Producer Ryan Wolfington is an entrepreneur and a philanthropist who founded the Inspiring Children Foundation. Prior to entering the non-profit world, Ryan restructured and ran businesses in the financial, gaming and teleservices industries, two of which went public on the NASDAQ exchange. Ryan is now President of the Board of JEWEL Inc., and is honored to collaborate and work with Jewel in both business and through the Jewel Never Broken program at the Inspiring Children Foundation.

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

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DONORS LIST

Thank you so much to all of the people below who are helping us build The Mindfulness Movement independent film!!! Your generosity will allow us to share this film with a global audience in order to help create a healthier, happier world!

If you’d like to add your name to this list please click the donate button, enter your payment information, and we’ll include your name within a few days. Thank you!

Executive Producers

Mike & Diane Beemer

Co-Producers

George Family Foundation
Bill George
Penny George

Inspiring Children Foundation
Ryan Wolfington

James & Becky Riddet

Associate Producer

Clarisa Romero

Key Contributor

Nina Kler

Special Thanks

Andrew Dean
Julie Salomon

Mark Hyde & Fred Tan
Anne Dodson

Naama Pozniak
Kay Losciuto

Maria Baltazzi

Movement Builders

Niklas Palomba
Jan Aaftink
Sherry & Mike Kinne
Monica Paul
Adrian Maher
Laura Strauss
Robert Lockwood
Jill Drew
BJ Gioffre
Richie Glaser

Richard Ross
Marcella & Tony Bell
Ed Cooper
Herbert Treutlein
Cecile Badoit
AJ King
Benjamin Peters
Maribel Aguilar
Joan Tetrault

Sant Patel

Nancy Green
Judith Hays
Shanna Hensley
Humana Foundation
Vera Wang
Rob & Melissa Stone
Nancy Delsesto
Michelle Bell
Patty & Hiko Muto