While most know that meditation can benefit a person’s mind, body, and soul, the trick to reaping the benefits found in meditation is to actually sit down and practice. No small feat, committing yourself to cultivating a relationship with self not only brings peace to your being, but the results of meditation can have a ripple effect creating change for anyone who crosses your path.
Checkout The Dhamma Brothers, a new documentary film from director Jenny Phillips that highlights the use of meditation in prisons as a way to promote effective rehabilitation, thus ensuring safer prisons and safer streets. An inspiring undertaking to say the least, Phillips mission is to generate a national conversation and call to action about the need for effective prison treatment programs. A brief synopsis and trailer below:
An overcrowded, violent maximum-security prison, the end of the line in Alabama’s prison system, is dramatically changed by the influence of an ancient meditation program. Behind high security towers and a double row of barbed wire and electrical fence live over 1,500 prisoners, many of whom will never again know life in the outside world. But for some of these men, a spark is ignited when it becomes the first maximum-security prison in North America to hold an extended Vipassana retreat, an emotionally and physically demanding program of silent meditation lasting ten days and requiring 100 hours of meditation.
The Dhamma Brothers tells a dramatic tale of human potential and transformation as it closely follows and documents the stories of the prison inmates at Donaldson Correctional Facility as they enter into this arduous and intensive program. This film has the power to dismantle stereotypes about men behind prison bars.
Read more about The Dhamma Brothers and this amazing meditation project here.