connection

July: Connecting to Creativity

Spiritual Cinema Circle by Spiritual Cinema Circle | June 21st, 2013 | No Comments
topic: Inspirational Media, Personal Growth | tags: animated, Coda, connection, creativity, documentaries, DVD club, Emmy Award, feature, films, Four Chambers, humanity, Journey of the Universe, Macropolis, movies, music, personal development, Personal Growth, self help, Spiritual Cinema Circle

Some of our favorite films from Spiritual Cinema Circle are those that connect us to our creativity and humanity.

This month’s feature film is the Emmy Award-winning documentary Journey of the Universe. Narrated by Brian Thomas Swimme, the film takes us on a journey through history and our connection with all of humanity.

June: Films of Compassion and Connection

Spiritual Cinema Circle by Spiritual Cinema Circle | May 21st, 2013 | No Comments
topic: Inspirational Media, Personal Growth | tags: compassion, connection, DVD club, empathy, fatherhood, film club, media, movie trailer, movies, personal development, Personal Growth, SCC, Spiritual Cinema Circle, Stephen Simon, video

The Spiritual Cinema Circle film selections this month explore empathy in the lives of families, friends and strangers.

In the short film Of Teaching Killer Whales Compassion, a homeless young man adrift in society finds hope for change after a chance encounter. A behind-the-scenes written interview with the filmmakers is included in the DVD insert. Our other short films this month, Lucy and Far, also tell stories of people seeking connection in the world.

April: Craving for Connection

Spiritual Cinema Circle by Spiritual Cinema Circle | March 26th, 2013 | No Comments
topic: Inspirational Media, Personal Growth, Relationships | tags: Academy Award, April, childhood, community, connection, DVD club, films, Girl Clown, Harry Grows Up, love, movies, personal development, Personal Growth, romance, shyness, Sidney Poitier, Spiritual Cinema Circle, The Book and the Rose, The Last Brickmaker in America

April 2013 marks the beginning of the tenth year of Spiritual Cinema Circle! This month, we celebrate the way that great stories can connect us to the world.

The Last Brickmaker in America, our feature for April, stars the legendary actor Sidney Poitier as a man who has been making bricks by hand for more than 50 years and who proves to be a profound example of how to build life “brick by brick.”

4 Tips for a Yoga Teacher in Training

Kim Fuller by Kim Fuller | January 2nd, 2013 | 1 Comment
topic: Fitness, Yoga | tags: authentic awareness, body, breakthroughs, challenges, community, connection, Costa Rica, emotional work, expectations, expression, human development, inspiration, knowledge, movement, open heart, passion, personal practice, physical work, presence, Real Evolution Yoga, resistance, teaching, transformation, travel, willing mind, words of wisdom, writer, writing, yoga teacher training, yoga teachers, yoga-practice

Becoming a yoga teacher was never one of my life ambitions.

For over five years, my yoga practice brought me joy and fulfillment, but solely from my studentship. Teachers had always intrigued me with their beauty, strength, confidence and presence, but to actually become a yoga teacher seemed like entering a different realm — one that I thought could not possibly be as blissful as the space on my favorite coral-colored yoga mat.

But every now and then I would think about what it would be like to lead a class, spreading pieces of possibility and shining smiles to all the students. I would cue and they would flow, moving with ease to the perfect music I was playing that matched all the perfect words I was saying.

But then my daydreams would subside, and I would find myself happy to only be responsible for my own moves, my own mind. Why would I want to teach anyway? It would take up so much time. When would I get to do my practice? If I was teaching, I wouldn’t be learning.

But are the two job descriptions — writer and yoga teacher — really that dissimilar? As a writer, my true calling has always been found in the power of connection and inspiration, traits any good yoga teacher should possess. I like to set my own schedule, travel a lot, wear comfy clothes and work in bare feet. I love sharing my insights and experiences, spreading words of wisdom wherever I go.

So, yes, now I am not only a writer. My career of word crafting has united with my passion for movement.

On Staying Open (Plus a Playlist)

Dionne Elizabeth by Dionne Elizabeth | December 17th, 2012 | 1 Comment
topic: Fitness, Personal Growth, Relationships, Yoga | tags: community, connection, eye contact, fear, heart, music, open, outgoing, people, rejection, Relationships, reward, risk, shy, smile, songs, Spotify playlist, strangers, Yoga

Staying openI was reminded this weekend, whilst walking through town, about the magic of staying open. Two strangers openly greeted me with big smiles, and I am ashamed to say I was consciously taken aback. But once I acknowledged it was me they were smiling at, I responded by grinning with appreciation at them (possibly scaring them, apols about that!).

See, after I moved here, I often found myself talking (or rather, trying to talk) to strangers in the street, or at bus stops, or as I queued to pay for groceries. Despite my best efforts, the funny looks I often received in return took their toll, as I assumed they were a negative reaction towards my behavior. This eventually led to me becoming more shy and reserved, and less likely to try to connect with those I met.

Global Oneness Day

Cynthia James by Cynthia James | October 15th, 2010 | 2 Comments
topic: Personal Growth | tags: affirmation, citizens, community, connection, education, Global Oneness Day, globe, inspiration, nonviolence, October, oneness, petition, solidarity, transformation, United Nations Day, unity, world peace

People standing in a field

On Sunday, October 24th, the first Global Oneness Day will be celebrated. I am excited about this because I am a firm believer that once we realize that we are all connected, the energy of separation can begin to be dismantled. From my point of view, it is imperative for us to remember that what we do and think affects the whole. This one day feels like a great opportunity to begin to place our attention on what we want to create.

Using the Law of Attraction to Manifest Soulful Love

Arielle Ford by Arielle Ford | July 14th, 2010 | 9 Comments
topic: Personal Growth | tags: connection, destiny, heart, law of attraction, love, manifestation, soulmate

hands gently touching

Dear Arielle and Brian,

I share an amazingly deep connection with someone and yet I know deep down he is not the right one for me. How do I reconcile that in my mind and heart and move on, especially when I’ve been searching for a long time?

Mira

Dear Mira,

Communication … What a Concept!

Cynthia James by Cynthia James | June 16th, 2010 | No Comments
topic: Personal Growth, Relationships | tags: arguments, communicating, communication, connect, connection, conversation, discussion, Relationships, talking, team-building, teamwork

Woman talking into another woman's ear

Every person I know and every company I have ever worked for has talked about communication. When you look at relationships, people say that many of the breakdowns have to do with misinterpretations or lack of clarity around communication. So, since we all know this, why aren’t we better at communicating? I believe it is because we love the concept of communication but not the challenge of it.

What Is the Best Way to Love the Earth?

Siona van Dijk by Siona van Dijk | April 6th, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Conscious Living News, Gaiam Happenings, Green Living | tags: community, connection, earth, environment, gaia community, green, inspiration, living

istock_000005893121small2Every day, we pose a question to the members of Gaia, Gaiam’s online community for individuals committed to creating healthy lives of meaning and purpose. Recently, we asked our community for answers to the question, “What is the best way to love the Earth“? A few of our favorite responses follow: