Many people do not realise that watching a lot of films can be a great help in their Recovery. It sound so easy, how it can be so helpful?
We know that the Recovery journey is not an easy process, but it is important that we look for different ways to make it more interesting for ourselves. Sometimes the simpler things can have the biggest positive affect on us, and watching films is one of them.
Even Aristotle, theorized that plays have the capacity to purify the spirit and aid us in coping with those aspects of life that cannot be reconciled by rational thought. Applying this concept to the 21st century is using films in Recovery.
Films draw us into the viewing experience and at the same time, more easily than in real life, offer a unique opportunity to retain a perspective outside the experience. As observing helps us to “step back”, the bigger picture becomes more obvious. We develop a skill to see ourselves and the world more objectively, with less of our habitual rigid, judgmental, or emotional filtering.
Films can connect us to the characters and plots-furnishing role models, providing inspiration and hope, and offering new solutions to old problems. They assure us that we are not alone, that others have experienced hardship and triumphed
Many of you are familiar with the theory of seven different ‘intelligences’. The more of these intelligences we access, the faster we learn because they employ different methods of information processing. Watching films can engage all seven of them: the logical (plot), the linguistic (dialogs), the visual-spatial (pictures, colours, symbols), the musical (sounds and music), the interpersonal (storytelling), the kinesthetic (moving), and the intra-psychic (inner guidance).
Every film has some impact on us. Films are not good or bad, I do not like the word ‘Film Critic’. I think every film can play some role, we either like it or not like it but it can definitely help us learn to have an opinion.
Films can be a powerful tool in our healing, they can help us to get in touch with our emotions on a deeper level, they can help us learn to understand ourselves and others more. Films can bring us new inspiration and develop our personal growth and self-discovery.
It is a great exercise and helps in improving our conscious awareness . We learn how to laugh more. We learn that crying is very healing, and we feel much better after because neurotransmitters in tears release emotional stress.
Films are one of the best way how to improve our communication with people, we can watch films with friends, with family members, with children and enjoy discussing them. Films can be endless topics in our conversations.
Our lives are like a film, we are the directors, the actors and the script writers, watching more of these will help us to make our own story even richer and full of life.
Let’s start to enjoy the movies…
Tuesdays With Morrie
Inspirational film, based on true story about life, mentoring and learning. Make sure you have your notebook beside for all the quotes of wisdom.
This film is set in Turkey during the last days of the Ottoman Empire. It is a story of young Armenian people during very challenging time. Main character medical student Michael is played by Oscar Isaac, beautiful dance instructor Ann by Charlotte Le Bon and American journalist by Chris by Christian Bale. The Promise is a powerful and very interesting story about love, war hope and much more.
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Of Gods and Men
Very inspirational and moving French drama directed by Xavier Beauvois. Film is based on trues story of Trappist monks living among Muslim population in Algeria during civil war.
Very interesting, easy to watch film about a very gifted girl Mary, raised by her uncle Frank.
The Zookeeper’s Wife
Beautiful film based on story of Dr. Jan Zabinski and his wife Antonia, who saved a hundreds of lives during war times. Beautiful story about courage and humanity.
Very inspirational film, about courage and determination. Film is based on a true story. After watching this film you will feel like anything is possible.
Good Will Hunting
This film nicely explores life, values and what is really important in the journey of discovery that we are all on. It stars Matt Damon as Will Hunting and Robin Williams plays the role of his mentor. I recommend you have a notebook beside you to take down some wonderful quotes that are featured in this film full of wisdom, fun, seriousness and laughter, in my opinion this film as it all.
Inside out is a wonderful, colourful film that I would definitely recommend anyone at any stage of Recovery to watch. The film explores the goings on in a little girls conscious and subconscious mind as she is growing up and going through changes. It nice and clearly simplifies how are thoughts give way to our feelings and then create our behaviours. I would recommend everyone to watch this film. Recovery can be quite challenging for people with personal experiences and carers and sometimes it is challenging to understand some of the distorted thinking patterns that can emerge as a result of conditioned thinking.