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.



The 11th Hour

Inner World Outer World

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

Children of Heaven

Field of Dreams

Whale Rider

Children of Heaven (foreign)

Food Evolution



Books For Kids

Dorme: A Magical Dreamland Visit by Sylvia Binsfeld

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

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 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 this just general information and suggestions.

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?"

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.)

How a Mountain Was Made: Stories by Greg Sarris

These stories contain countless pearls of wisdom and remind us to open our eyes to the wonders that are all around us.


An Additional Resource for Children's Media

COMMON SENSE MEDIA. Additionally, a wonderful 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.



The Witness by Paul Kingsnorth. (Though I believe we are the pivotal generation that will turn things around just before it becomes too late and Paul feels we won't wake-up in time, this article does serve as one big wake-up call.                 


Geena Davis Calls for More Women in Film by Team Elle: Creating the healthy balance of yin and yang the world needs by allowing women and girls the same rights and opportunities to get their voices hear.                                            

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