A story about losing and finding oneself. "...I am 43 years old; my children have grown up... Who am I, besides a mother and a wife?"
Xenia - is a Russian woman who has devoted herself to her family, but as her children are getting older, most of her duties as...
In recent decades, western public views on women’s role in society have changed rapidly; women are less held back by patriarchic obligations, are allowed to be who they are. It is for sure a relief; at the same time a challenge, it makes women face new questions. “What are my talents and strengths? How do I transform my limitations into something helpful, inspiring?". Myanmar helps our heroes to understand that the very opportunity to question one's life path is already a privilege. Xenia continues to use this chance to have deep conversations with monks, practice meditation and work with Reini. Reini helps her interpret an important clue from her dream.
“In an interview, I feel really connected, very intense. All my attention goes to the person, I am interviewing. I almost lose where it’s you or me... We become One. You know? It feels almost like …” Xenia
A new day of travel begins, new questions arise... "What is my true abundance, apart from material values? What can I share with other people?" Reini helps Xenia understand that her ability to see beauty in others and admire other people's life paths is not her weakness but a gift. If she wants, she can share it, even in a professional field.
Xenia sees that the "cage of the rational mind" isn’t an issue. If the "mind" is caught up and she doesn’t know what to do next, her body knows.
You may be a businessperson, you may be rich, but at the same time, you must practice, to do loving-kindness meditation, do good things and speak nicely. Then you won't be arrogant, you will understand what the meaning of your life is. U Lokanata
After the meditation center, Xenia, along with monks and friends, continues to travel around Myanmar, studying Buddhism and the role of women in Burmese culture. But most of all, she is interested in the psychological sessions with Reini, during which she explores the very essence of her path. Reini helps Xenia to see how she blocks her spontaneity. He works, provokes, and plays with Xenia. Xenia is disappointed that, after all this time, she still cannot find herself. Reini is doing his best to help her see : Xenia is already, at this moment – herself. The insight comes during a dinner with friends.
I want to help you to discover your way and that you’re already going your way. It’s not somewhere in the future or the past or somewhere else. It’s always right now. You just need to notice: “Aha! I chose this, I do this!” Reini
Monks explain the basic concepts of Theravada Buddhism, Reini demonstrates his understanding of psychology, other people share their wisdom. But because Xenia can't hear herself, all this information is too overwhelming. Xenia's mind is overloaded, and she is blaming everyone around.
“And now I am here, and I want to go beyond the limits of my mind, beyond the consciousness. It is a big thing because I’m not an empty bottle. They filled me up with many things over the years. But to accept the teaching and true wisdom, I need to empty myself first.” One of the Yogini
Xenia and Dmitry’s wife Edita arrive at the women’s meditation center. Xenia is very anxious: will she be able to concentrate properly? She has heard that Burmese meditation techniques are strict and tough. Local monks keep postponing their meditation. Instead, they explain meditation techniques and give different worldly tasks to the heroines. The calm atmosphere of the meditation center helps women slow down, relax, and prepare for the practice...
“Meditation or enlightenment is only a skill. You practice something day after day. And eventually, you will be good at it.” Yogi
In this chapter, we get to know Myanmar through the eyes of our heroes. But serene landscapes, the simple lives of local people and the everyday duties of young nuns do not bring peace to Xenia. Everything only exacerbates, reinforces her internal conflicts: "Maybe all these thoughts about paths and fate are an illusion? Maybe they are just trendy western ideas, inspired by Hollywood movies?"
Who is Xenia, besides being a mother and a wife? Is that really all that she is capable of? Dmitry is a friend of Xenia’s, hopes that meditation and Buddhism will help her get through her crisis. He invites her to visit a Burmese monastery in London, to meet his old friend, a monk called U Lokonatha.
Grof is known, for his "cartography" of the deep human psyche and breathing techniques for exploring non-ordinary ...
Please watch the documentary about the so-called “open forum”, or a town hall, which was moderated by psychologist-facilitators Reini Hauser, Elke Schlehuber. In this Open Forum citizens of the swiss town Locremis, are discussing their differences with regard to the question of opening up the city...
These 27 interviews with American pioneers and researchers of human consciousness were filmed for a Russian educational TV channel under the name (on the learning path). Through these interviews, we hoped to create a dialogue about deeper questions and life challenges that the Russian...
An interview with the American psychologists, the founders of the process-oriented school of psychology and well-known authors – Amy and Arnold Mindell. They invited us to their home in Yachats, Oregon. Our meeting with Arnie and Amy was dedicated to the psychology of creativity.Amy and Arny...
According to the theological approach, any problem contains information that can lead us to something new”. Max Sсhupbach.
This documentary series displays the work of psychologists Drs Max and Ellen Sсhupbach (USA) with their Russian clients. In this project, we ...
A young woman suffers from anorexia.
A young woman-lawyer has problems in her relationship with her female-boss.
The heroes of this episode are a mom and her 11-year-old son. A conflict of generations! How to listen to one another, to understand one another and to learn to trust?
The hero of this episode is a talented and creative young businessman, who is at the crossroads.
In this episode, the heroine tries to get rid of an inner stupor that doesn’t allow her to achieve success.
A young girl has complications in communicating with new people.
The Russian documentary film director, a highly creative person, dreams of opening her own film studio.
A young man dreams of becoming a singer, but he has to tackle his lack of confidence in his abilities and talents.
A young couple and inner-family conflict. Different types of character, behavioral model, varying social ranks, work schedules, different hobbies. But there is love and the desire to be together! How does a couple stay together with all of these differences?
“How to love yourself the way you are”? Max and Ellen work with a woman, who has problems in her relationships with men.
The episode is dedicated to the move of a young woman from the other side of the country into the capital.
"I’m quite a happy person, but I have these conflicts with my son. His name is Lev. And he is twelve. He stopped doing everything that he loved doing before. His grades went down. He doesn’t want to go to school, to musical school, he stopped going to the gym. I’m not very over-controlling mother, but now I completely lost control of him, because now he is into computers, into the telephone, and all this digital stuff."
Anna and Eldar (Moscow):
- We’ve been together for four years, so it’s pretty a lot of time. And when we are talking about the future, next step is children …
- That’s a question, if we are ready or not.
- Our parents are from different countries and from different religions and have different expectations. My parents are orthodox, Russian. And they want the baby to be baptized and to have Russian name. And Eldar’s parents are waiting for an Azerbaijanian name that would sound, probably, like, Mohammed.
"My name is Nyang, I am from Ho Chi Minh. I study Russian language in Moscow in Pushkin Institute. My problem is dyslexia. That's the first time I felt like I confess about that. And another problem - I have a conflict inside myself. In my country, my father, he asked me to find girlfriend. And also, marriage. But I think, I cannot do that because I have dyslexia".
"I had very destructive relationship and three years ago I finished this relationship. After that I had a very bad depression with Paniс attacks. It was a very difficult period of my life and after I decided - okay I should begin my life again,“from zero”.
Together with the Burmese monks we make the journey into Myanmar and, at the same time, this journey leads us to the basic principles of Burmese Buddhism.
2015. Duration - 46 min .
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