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Lions Roar : November 2015
REVIEWS GOLDEN KINGDOM Feature film by Brian Perkins Bank & Shoal Motion Pictures Golden Kingdom is the first international feature film shot in Burma since the coun- try’s recent opening to the outside world. It tells the story of four seven- to eleven- year-old monks who are left alone when their teacher is obliged to leave their remote monastery. The most mature of the boys, Witizara, is asked to be the group’s temporary leader. At first, they keep up the daily rituals of monastic life, but when the farmer who is bringing their daily meal disappears, Witizara is forced to set out on his own—braving gunmen, corpses, hunger, and frightening wilderness. His journey and courage touchingly mirror the path of the young Buddha. Golden Kingdom was filmed on location at a working monastery, and three of the leads are played by actual monks. It is a beautifully filmed debut from writer/director/producer Brian Perkins. ♦ STEP OUT OF YOUR STORY Writing Exercises to Reframe and Transform Your Life By Kim Schneiderman New World Library, 256 pp., $15.95 (paper) Kim Schneiderman, a psycho- therapist and spiritual essayist, takes the reader through a series of creative writing exercises designed to increase self-awareness and “enhance our capacity for love, compassion, understanding, and self-reflection.” By creating third- person narratives about our own stories and challenges, she argues, we can learn to embrace obstacles, contemplate the pres- ent moment, and step away from the overbearing dominance of ego. Psychological research backs this up. Studies have shown that when we view stressful or negative memories from the perspec- tive of another person, we feel less emotional pain, have higher life satisfaction, and are more likely to think of ourselves as able to overcome obstacles. Parts of the book reference Buddhist ideas and meditation teachers such as Tara Brach. The exercises are presented clearly and should appeal to anyone looking to step out of negative rumination, self-criticism, and habitual patterns. WWW.KARMECHOLING.ORG in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont Meditation, Culture, Community Cultivate Mindfullness Align Mind and Body Deepen Relationships Explore Your Creativity Reconnect with Nature Transform Your Life nature your true discover SHAMBHALA SUN NOVEMBER 2015 78