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Beyond words | Healing communication

The Intouchables is a 2011 French film that is one of my favorite movies of all time. It tells the true story of Philippe, a lonely, staid, quadriplegic millionaire who needs a new caregiver. He hires Driss, a boisterous young African immigrant, who applies for the job, not because he’s qualified, but because he must prove that he is seeking work to receive his unemployment check. During Driss’s one-month probationary […]

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Conscious partnership

Love stories are the subject of countless movies, yet identifying those that portray partners behaving consciously is a more difficult assignment. In the early stages of relationships—and when things are going well—one hardly needs “consciousness” for the relationship to flourish. Hormones and euphoria suffice. It’s only when the going gets tough—often when relationships are falling apart—that consciousness, e.g., intentionally choosing how one will respond to life’s circumstances, is required. The […]

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Movies You Might’ve Missed | Forgiveness

Within the eye of the storm is a 2012 documentary by director Shelley Hermon that tells the true story of Bassam Aramin, a Muslim Palestinian, and Rami Elhanan, a Jewish Israeli, who were once sworn enemies engaged in armed struggle against each other. Today the men are friends and allies, working as members of Combatants for Peace to help Israelis and Palestinians understand each other’s narrative. Both are also members […]

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Movies you might’ve missed | Plant intelligence

The Secret Life of Plants is a 1979 documentary made about the 1973 book of the same name by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird. The book created quite a stir with its presentation of research making the case that plants are indeed sentient, despite their apparent lack of a nervous system and a brain. Although mainstream scientists debunked most of the book’s and movie’s claims, current research is reinvigorating them based […]

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