12 INCREDIBLE SPIRITUAL DOCUMENTARIES YOU CAN WATCH ONLINE
By Susanne Rieker
Just between us? I’m sometimes feeling really smug that I don’t own a TV. But the truth is, I spend waaaay too much time on Netflix and YouTube…
So a few weeks ago I decided to abstain from binging the last season of Orange is the New Black and instead looked for more spiritual input. And I found 12 amazing spiritual documentaries that I’m super excited to share with you!
Here are 12 spiritual documentaries worth watching:
#1 Why We Breathe. A Yoga Documentary.
Shot over the space of 6 months across the US, in a variety of situations and lucky encounters. Why We Breathe was born out of the idea to understand why people do the things they do.
#2 The Reality of Truth, A Life Transforming Documentary with Deepak Chopra
The Reality Of Truth explores the concept of “reality” as people’s chaotic daily lives and the existence of a quieter, happier alternate reality. The documentary features top religious gurus, thought leaders and scientists, who discuss the prevailing understanding of reality and the methods they invoke to transcend into an alternate reality.
#3 Journey of the Heart
Researched, directed, and produced by Ravi Verma, this documentary has in-depth interviews with several Buddhist scholars, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Robert Thurman, B. Alan Wallace, Mattheiu Ricard, and Thupten Jinpa.
Filmmaker and artist Yann Arthus-Bertrand spent three years collecting real-life stories from 2,000 women and men in 60 countries, driven by the question “What is it that makes us human?”.
This documentary features stories from spiritual leaders, physicians and those with chronic illnesses and aims to reveal the powerful connection between the human psyche and physical health.
Watch on www.netflix.com
#6 Varanasi, India: “Beyond”
The documentary by director Cale Glendening follows Joey and his assistant Ryan as they complete their latest photo series, interviewing and filming holy men in India, wandering monks who have renounced all earthly possessions, dedicating their lives to the pursuit of spiritual liberation. Beautifully photographed and inspiring.
A documentary by Anthony Chene that tries to answer questions that we all have. How can we overcome our fears? How do we reconnect with our intuition? What is the power and magic of using your intention? -To what extent can we use it to reach the life we truly want? Who are we really? How can we experience enlightenment, oneness, and our divine identity?
#8 My Dharma
This movie shares inspirational stories from world-renowned Yogis on how the practice of Yoga transformed their lives. Featuring for example Kino MacGregor and Meghan Currie, I really enjoyed watching this and was newly inspired for my own yoga practice.
#9 Doing Time Doing Vipassana
This is the story of the meditation technique Vipassana. It’s also the story of a strong woman named Kiran Bedi, the former Inspector General of Prisons in New Delhi, who strove to transform the notorious Tihar Prison and turn it into an oasis of peace.
#10 A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity
This documentary follows a community in Australia who came together to explore and demonstrate a simpler way to live in response to global crises.
#11 The Wheel of Ashtanga Yoga – John Scott
In this film John talks of his intimate days with Guruji Shri K. Pattabhi Jois and explains the Ashtanga Vinyasa system. He explains the relationship of Breath, Mantra, Asana and Concentration and how they all inter relate.
#12 Brené Brown: The Call to Courage
This is a must-see! Brené Brown discusses what it takes to choose courage over comfort with humour and empathy.
Watch on www.netflix.com