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Mother Earth | A Soothing Collage Film for Troubled Times

Mother Earth | A Soothing Collage Film for Troubled Times

Mother Earth | A Soothing Collage Film for Troubled Times

Regardless of what is happening out there in the world, it sometimes helps to remember that we always retain control of one thing: our minds.

Whatever change might be hurtling our way, whatever uncertainties we may be forced to face, there remains this thing no one can take away from us or taint in any way: the tone and content of our inner thoughts.

Instead of asking, how bad will this get? How will I be hurt by this? We can practice asking: what would I want this to look like? What small step can I take today to bring me, my family and my community closer to this vision? Be that change, as they say. Envision it. Because negativity breeds negativity. Hate breeds hate. Whatever we focus on will increase. So let us fill our minds to the brim with the picture we want to see in the world.

A small step in this direction is our film Mother Earth, a 10-minute short by Oscar-winning filmmaker Terre Nash (If You Love this Planet). Made from haunting visuals selected from half a century of NFB productions, and featuring a score by Loreena McKennitt, Mother Earth is an awe-inspiring celebration of life on planet Earth.

Because as all signs are indicating, it is high time humans start telling a different story.

Perhaps this isn’t so much a new story, as a very old story we forgot. The story of our cycles and interconnectedness. The story of the deep sameness we share beneath the superficial cloak of our differences. Stories that inspire us to dream a better dream together.

Watch it below:

Mother Earth, Terre Nash, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

See also:

Meditation is the New Black

Om Sweet Om: Watch 5 NFB Films about Buddhism and the Buddha

If You Love This Planet, by Terre Nash

Scared Sacred, by Velcrow Ripper

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  1. The video doesn’t play, and this is the second time I’ve encountered this problem with the NFB’s site. Too bad…

    — G M,
  2. Many emotions passed over me while watching this film. I do truly hope we will find a way that supports all life. This world and the universe we are living in is so amazing. It feels like my heart will break when I witness the hurt and destruction written upon it and ourselves. Truly again, my hope, wish and dream is that we may learn to focus on the beauty that surrounds us moment by moment, that we come to appreciate, nurture and cherish it, that all may live a full, creative and healthy a life as possible. As Clarissa Pinkola Estes is known to say, May It Be so for You, May It Be so for Me, May It Be so for All of Us! AMEN, Amen, amen, and as her grandmother would say, and a little woman.

  3. Mother Earth shorts movie is very delightful, I liked it very much.

    — Sevil Soyer,
  4. It is very meaningful , I liked it very much.

    — Sevil Soyer,

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