Festival video highlights

Chris Ruane, Member of Parliament, who introduced mindfulness into the Houses of Parliament, speaks of his experience of meditation and the training now underway for MPs, Lords, and the parliamentary staff.

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A participant in the Awake in the World festival discovers that people can be so naked and open about their experience that they can completely connect and resonate with each other. This footage includes highlights from the festival.

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Clare Melford, former CEO of the International Business Leaders Forum, describes her journey from selling a life style of consumption to her work with companies around the world seeking to change the patterns of business.

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Asked about how to cope with the escalating challenges facing the world, Mac Macartney, the founder of Embercombe, speaks about his own way of sustaining himself in difficult times.

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Chris Cullen, Creative Director of the Mindfulness in Schools Project, describes the epidemic of anxiety and depression sweeping the world. “This is something we’re all in together,” he says.

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“A lot of friends get completely exhausted by social work. They get overwhelmed by despair, sadness and anger,” says a festival participant. She talks about how meditation could help strength their spirits.

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Many people have lost hope or are losing hope, says Mac Macartney, author of Finding Earth, Finding Soul – the invisible path to authentic leadership. “I choose a different way,” he says.

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We are far better off from a historical perspective, but things don’t seem to be going too well, says a participant in open discussion at the festival. “So what really is going on?” he asks.

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A small community of native people in the Americas has closed itself off from the outside world to protect its sacred way of life. Mac Macartney describes the training they use to preserve the sense of wonder in the natural world.