What we watch day in and day out influences our behavior, what we find acceptable and how we think. Even sitcoms or what feels like “lite” entertainment has a constructive or destructive influence on us, our children and society. What we consistently watch affects us in mind and spirit, the same as our body is affected by what we consistently eat. It's good to be conscious of what we watch and the programing and films we support. What qualities, what traits and principles are being gloried in the film? Especially children need to be allowed to be children for a while, and have very adult content added to their films, hoping it goes over their head...just to broaden the appeal to sell more tickets. Though it's slim pickings if you look through most of the films produced..if you take the time, there are many wonderful films & books out there we can find with a little looking...There are too many films to put here, but thought I'd put a few random films, in a variety of genres, here on the site for examples...and for children, checkout Common Sense Media (link below) for even more help navigating the waters.



A Life on Our Planet

Inner World Outer World

Beyond Right and Wrong

For the Next 7 Generations

Dorme (short, family/kids)


Peaceful Warrior

Hidden Figures

Who Framed Mary Magdalene?

It's a Wonderful Life

The Shawshank Redemption

Won't You Be My Neighbor

Somewhere In Time

Lord of the Rings

Field of Dreams

Whale Rider

Children of Heaven (foreign)

Food Evolution

Judas and the Black Messiah


Wise Words in a Time of Change

My Octopus Teacher


Animated Films For Kids

Rudolph-the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Charlie Brown Christmas

Kung Fu Panda 3

The Peanuts Movie

Kubo and the Two Strings



Books For Kids

Dorme: A Magical Dreamland Visit by Sylvia Binsfeld

The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andrea and Guy Parker-Rees
Zero by Kathryn Otoshi

Gabby and Grandma Go Green by Monica Wellington

The Birds Who Flew Beyond Time by Anne Barring

Good Night Fairies by Kathleen Hague

Earth Ninja: A Children’s Book About Recycling, Reducing, and Reusing by Mary Nhin
All Are Neighbors by Alexandra Penfold

                                                                              Chapter Books for Kids/Teens

The Wishtree by Katherine Applegate
Charlotte's Web by E.B. White

Malala by Malala Yousafzai
The Seventh Most Important Thing by Shelley Pearsall
Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Books for Teens/Young Adults/Adults

A Young People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn



Books For Adults

Living Deeply by Marilyn Schlitz, Ph.D., Cassandra Virten, Ph.D.Tina Anorok, Psy.D.

For someone beginning on the spiritual path. This is a wonderful place to start, with its eclectic wisdom and easy to understand information.

Spiritual Ecology: The Cry of the Earth, by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

Dream of the Cosmos by Anne Barring

The Dream of the Cosmos is the story of a multi-layered quest to understand the causes of human suffering and to reconnect with a deeper reality than the one we inhabit in this physical dimension of experience. It seeks to answer the questions: "Who are we?" and "Why are we here, on this planet?" A vast and beautiful book.

Soul Power by Anne Barring & Scilla Elworthy (Don't let it's small size fool you. There is so much life-changing wisdom in this little package.)

The Business Plan For Peace: Building a World Without War by Scilla Elworthy 
This book is for anyone wanting to stop feeling helpless and overwhelmed about what is going on in the world and instead apply their own personal skills to do something about it.

Speaking with Nature by Sandra Ingerman and Llyn Roberts
Nature and the Earth are conscious. In this wonderful book Sandra and Llyn show us how to access the spirit of nature and share transformative wisdom.

How a Mountain was Made by Greg Sarris
Stories filled with native American wisdom and the magic of life.


An Additional Resource for Children's Media

COMMON SENSE MEDIA. Additionally, a fantastic resource  to help navigate family and children's films is Common Sense Media which posts film, book, video game, in an unbiased manner, to help parents make the right choices.



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