Sunday, November 29, 2015

Tip#909: Connecting with Your Inner Child, Part 2 - The Little Prince

“Growing up is not the problem. Forgetting is.” 
The Little Prince (2015)

I rarely write about a movie that hasn’t been released in North America yet but my happy, enthusiastic inner child wants to share my feelings of seeing an advanced screening of the animated movie The Little Prince. The film has already opened in France, Brazil and China and was shown at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.

As I wrote in tip#906, the work I’ve been doing to connect with my inner child has been vital to re-energizing my mental health and has spread to improvements with close relationships and my physical and spiritual health! So seeing this film was a highly synchronistic and magical experience that touched my heart and soul.

The Little Prince (2015)

The Little Prince, is a stop motion and computer-animated family drama adventure fantasy film based on the classic French novella by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. An isolated Little Girl (Mackenzie Foy) meets an eccentric old neighbor, the Aviator (Jeff Bridges), who tells her a fantastic tale about the world of the Little Prince where anything is possible. This magical, heartwarming, visually stunning film also features wonderful vocal talents of Rachel McAdams, James Franco, Paul Rudd, Marion Cotillard, Ricky Gervais, Albert Brooks, Benicio Del Toro, Paul Giamatti and Riley Osborne. See: movie trailer


This movie was my first exposure to The Little Prince story and is a slower paced movie compared to something like Disney’s Inside Out. And yet I believe it is perfect for adults to slowly allow their inner child to resonate with the film's important life lessons about childhood fun, growing up and even dealing with death.

 “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly. What is essential is invisible to the eye.” 

Recognizing and acknowledging the playful, happy, imaginative world of your inner child is essential in adulthood. And sharing that sense of fun through human connections is also vital. These are the timely messages of The Little Prince.

If you find yourself stuck in your life or career as an adult it may be time to re-ignite your inner fun and playful spirit again. Reconnect with an old friend today, laugh, smile and remember the happy, care-free times you had as a kid!

Read: Variety film review

Related Tips:
Tip#906: Connecting with Your Inner Child, Part 1 - Top 10 Movies 
Tip#909: Connecting with Your Inner Child, Part 2 - The Little Prince 
Tip#917: Connecting with Your Inner Child, Part 3 - Joy 
Tip#928: Connecting with Your Inner Child, Part 4 - Hector and the Search for Happiness

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Tip#908: Movie Messages of Hope for The Holidays, Part 1 - The Night Before

Today is a special day because I am sending out a press release that represents a new, exciting chapter in my life and career! The title is, Movie Messages of Hope for Holiday Depression, and this represents my dream of sharing to a wider audience the movies that helped me increase my resilience and indestructible optimism especially at Christmas time.

As I’ve talked about in my motivational presentations and also written in the press release, my loving father pass away without warning about a week before Christmas in 2000. That shocking moment increased depression symptoms I was already suffering from and thankfully the film It’s a Wonderful Life helped give me hope to persevere. And like the hero George Bailey I was reminded of my value and of the good, loving, supportive people around me.

This supportive spirit is what I want to communicate in the press release so my movie tips can help others manage the depression they may feel this coming holiday. If you’d like to help me spread my message I would greatly appreciate if you could forward this press release to any reporter, newspaper, radio or online host you may know. Download at this link: Press Release


The Night Before (2015)

The comedy film, The Night Before, is about the annual Christmas reunion of three friends, Ethan (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), Isaac (Seth Rogen) and Chris (Anthony Mackie) on their final night together. This hilariously rude, raunchy one-night adventure in New York City is overflowing with funny performances, drug-related, gross-out humour and surprisingly touching moments. Warning: This is not a family movie! See: Red Band trailer (uncensored)


The three friends started this tradition because 14 years prior Ethan’s parents passed away on Christmas Eve. Isaac and Chris supported him on this night by going out on the town, sing at a karaoke bar, eat at a favourite restaurant and other uplifting activities. But because Isaac and Chris’s life changes, this year will be their final get-together.

At the core of this comedy is the story of supportive, loving friends for someone feeling holiday depression. It is also about that same person learning to deal with his fears and take action to grow up and start his own family traditions with the woman he loves. And, as great friends do, they each confront each other with truths they may not want to hear but are needed in order to grow and be better people.

Holiday depression may not be easy for people who experienced the loss of a loved one, ongoing family issues, work challenges or loneliness. That’s why movie messages of hope can help remind these people that they are not alone and to stay resilient. Films can make people laugh and shake off some of the blues even if just for awhile. And if you know someone facing holiday depression please reach out to them with a warm hand. You could treat them to an uplifting time at the movies!

Related Tips:
Tip#908: Movie Messages of Hope for The Holidays, Part 1 - The Night Before 
Tip#916: Movie Messages of Hope for The Holidays, Part 2 - Crown for Christmas 
Tip#716: Heartwarming TV Christmas Movies, Part 1
Tip#1012: Heartwarming TV Christmas Movies, Part 2
Tip#828: Motivatorman’s Top 10 Feel Good Movies
Tip#834: Top 10 Movies for Inspiring Resilience in the Workplace 
Tip#811: Top 15 Movies for Dealing with Depression, Winter Blues & Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) 

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Motivational Speaker & Resilience Expert
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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Tip#907: Cultivate Supportive Relationships, Part 7 – Depression - The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

“Real or not real?” 
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (2015)

I am still in awe of the epic Thursday I had on November 19, 2015! The morning started off with my fourth session of an 8 week program at CAMH called Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Relapse Prevention. This is an empowering follow up to the CBT program I completed in August (see tip#863). 

In the afternoon I attended The Institute of Performance & Learning Trade Show where I got to talk with exhibitor reps from Morneau Shepell and Development Dimensions International about the growing need of mental health awareness in the workplace and my services as a motivational speaker on resilience and depression. I also saw my new friends at Learnography, Amy Coupal, CEO, Juliana Trichilo Cina, Solutions Director and Kate Salmon, Communications Specialist. They always inspire me with their positivity and enthusiastic spirits!

Learnography: Juliana Trichilo Cina, Solutions Director, Amy Coupal, CEO and Kate Salmon, Communications Specialist

In the evening I then attended Healthy Minds Canada's Silver Dinner, 10th Anniversary Event thanks to the gracious invitation from Katie W. Robinette, Executive Director of the event. I met many wonderful new people that included Chelsea Ricchio, Creative Projects & Communications Manager, Philip James de Vries, Online Community Manager.

Katie W. Robinette, Executive Director. Chelsea Ricchio, Creative Projects & Communications Manager and Philip James de Vries, Online Community Manager

More magical connections were made when I found my assigned table and I sat next to Tim McClure, Professional Speaker & Executive Leadership Consultant, Founder of Great Next Chapter Foundation and Todd Keirstead, Professional Golf Entertainer, Founder & President of Golf With Attitude. Hearing their stories was inspiring because they were a part of a community within the mental health field of amazing people who have survived traumatic experiences and now helping others to thrive again.

 Tim McClure, Professional Speaker & Executive Leadership Consultant, Founder of Great Next Chapter Foundation. Todd Keirstead, Professional Golf Entertainer, Founder & President of Golf With Attitude

More inspiration continued with speaker and Supportive Minds Blogger, Sarah Lindsay and keynote speaker Moe Elewonibi, Former NFL and CFL player who shared personal stories of mental health challenges, addictions, recovery and thoughts of suicide during dark times. Moe’s emotional admissions reminded me of the many years I dealt with clinical depression and countless times I thought of suicide. It helped remind me that I am not alone.

Supportive Minds Blogger, Sarah Lindsay. Keynote speaker Moe Elewonibi, Former NFL & CFL player

Later it excited me to think of this amazing, epic day and to recognize the new loving support and people I’ve been meeting that already help me stay strong and enjoy the journey!

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (2015)

The science fiction war film, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, is the fourth and final installment of the epic series ending the hero’s journey of Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson). This dark chapter shows the painful atrocities of war and yet demonstrates courage and compassion for those who are hurting. See: movie trailer 


Although I felt this installment would flow better seeing it with part 1 the movie still spoke to me deeply. For example I resonated with Peeta’s challenge as he was brainwashed into thinking negative, destructive thoughts towards Katniss. He struggles to know what is real or not real. This is what I experienced with suicidal thoughts at the height of my depression episodes. The imbalanced brain chemicals just fools you into thinking suicide is a rational solution.

With the unshakable love, loyalty and support from Katniss she helps Peeta navigate his thoughts of what is real or, in terms of CBT, what are distorted thoughts. They accomplish this through calm, sit-down discussions. This touched me because it mirrored a big part of my recovery solutions and it can also remind audiences of the power of supportive relationships when experiencing depression.


If you are dealing with depression please remember that your dark thoughts of death and hopelessness are only an illusion. They are distorted thoughts. Find the courage to connect with someone you trust and express your feelings. Cultivate supportive relationships so they can help you navigate through dark thoughts and back into the light. You are never alone as long as you can conteact that friend, family member, colleague or someone who just cares for you and believes in you.

“Live the life of a victor.” 
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (2015)

Related Tips:
Tip#300: Cultivate Supportive Relationships, Part 1 – Top 25 Movies 
Tip#824: Cultivate Supportive Relationships, Part 2 – Bell Let’s Talk Day - Wild Card  
Tip#856: Cultivate Supportive Relationships, Part 3 - Mental Health - John Nash - Welcome to Me 
Tip#859: Cultivate Supportive Relationships, Part 4 – Paper Planes
Tip#886: Cultivate Supportive Relationships, Part 5 - Walk the Line
Tip#899: Cultivate Supportive Relationships, Part 6 – Depression - A Little Chaos
Tip#907: Cultivate Supportive Relationships, Part 7 – Depression - The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2  
Tip#918: Cultivate Supportive Relationships, Part 8 - The Intern  
Tip#41: Recognize The Support Around You - 4 Movie Tips 

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Tip#906: Connecting with Your Inner Child, Part 1 - Top 10 Movies

There is a scene in the film The Time Traveler’s Wife that is a mind-blowing concept. It’s near the beginning where a confused, scared child is on the side of a dark, cold road and a man immediately appears to comfort him and assure the child that everything will be okay. This man is the child’s future self back in time to help his child self.

This concept has been key in my recovery from clinical depression. As I wrote in tip#867 identifying core beliefs as a child was done in a program called Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). It made a profound impact on improving my mental health. With the help of trusting facilitators going back in time in my memories helped isolate specific beliefs and negative experiences in my subconscious.

Reprogramming these core beliefs was the next critical step and soon after I discovered a Hawaiian healing practice called Self Identity through Ho-oponopono by Dr. Ihaleakala Hew Len and Dr. Joe Vitale and is based on an ancient Hawaiian practice of reconciliation and forgiveness. Their book Zero Limits further helped me go deep within myself with tools and meditations I continue to practice every day.

And as I wrote in the previous post #905, my favourite band ELO just released a heartfelt music video called When I was a Boy that I felt was an empowering mirror and message that I’ve been on the right track these past 4 months since my breakthrough in the CBT program. Other messages came in reminders of favourite films that celebrated the re-energizing or re-connecting with your inner child. Here are my top 10 movies.


A Christmas Story (1983)
This Christmas classic is about celebrating happy childhood memories. This film would be a gentle, enjoyable way of going back in time to remembering your childhood experiences.

Big (1988)
Though this film is about a boy who is magically given a grown up body it is also about how he re-activates the inner playful child of his co-workers and boss.

Citizen Kane (1941)
This classic, innovative film shows how a traumatic childhood experience was the cause of one man’s lifetime of unhappiness and consequences. Though the answers are only uncovered after his death it can inspire you to discover your root causes of unhappiness today.

Disney’s The Kid (2000)
This film would be my top choice to recommend because it playfully explores many positives and negatives of actually facing and living with your child-self. In doing so they help empower and heal each other so their future is much brighter.

Elf (2003)
This classic Christmas favourite really celebrates the playful, silly joys and memories of being a kid through a grown man who thinks he is an elf. His spirit also helps transform his father by reaching his inner child.

Hook (1991)
This film is about a grown up, unhappy Peter Pan now having a wife and kids who has forgotten how to play. Thankfully he has his inner-child re-ignited by returning to Neverland and his friends the Lost Boys.

Mr. Nobody (2009)
This profound, multilayered film shows what happens when a child is not able to make a life-changing choice. This thought-provoking film could challenge you with its unique narrative and that is actually a good thing.

Regarding Henry (1991)
This movie is about a ruthless lawyer experiencing a life-changing accident and brain injury causing him to behave like an innocent and open-minded child again. This is a wonderful mirror for taking steps to reconnecting with your inner child.

The Time Traveler’s Wife (2009)
As written earlier this time travel movie has an amazing opening scene of a man talking to and comforting his child self. This is another fantastic example of healing your inner child.

Tomorrowland (2015)
This film is about celebrating the wonders and unlimited imagination of a child. It is also about that same child now grownup living an unpleasant, fearful life and reconnecting with that happy, hopeful inner child again.

Other movies: Imagine That (2009), Finding Neverland (2004)


All these films can be gentle methods for accessing your core beliefs that have been causing negative experiences all your life. And if inner child healing is what you feel drawn to then I highly recommend working with mental health professionals as well as explore other types of holistic practices that feel right to you.

Realizing you’ve been stuck for years in life or work situations could be your signal to go back in time for solutions. Your inner child may be crying out for your help right now. Find the courage to revisit your childhood memories both happy and sad. Remember you are already a hero in the movie of your life’s journey. It may be time to be the hero for your inner child.

Related Tips:
Tip#906: Connecting with Your Inner Child, Part 1 - Top 10 Movies 
Tip#909: Connecting with Your Inner Child, Part 2 - The Little Prince 
Tip#917: Connecting with Your Inner Child, Part 3 - Joy 
Tip#928: Connecting with Your Inner Child, Part 4 - Hector and the Search for Happiness
Tip#867: Expand Your Mind with Time Travel Movies, Pt 3 - Terminator Genisys
Tip#568: Visualization & Your Imagination, Part 1 – 6 Movie Tips 
Tip#855: How Movies Saved My Life, Part 1 - Depression & Mental Health - Tomorrowland 
Tip#863: How Movies Saved My Life, Part 2 - Depression & Mental Health - Inside Out

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Sunday, November 15, 2015

Tip#905: Follow Your Dream, Part 2 – Mr. Blue Sky: The Story of Jeff Lynne & ELO

“It was just the best fun you could ever have and get paid for it and all.” 
Mr. Blue Sky: The Story of Jeff Lynne & ELO (2012)

On November 13, 2015 it felt like Christmas came early with the release of ELO’s first album in almost 15 years called Alone In The Universe. The Electric Light Orchestra have been my favourite band since high school and their cinematic strings sound and Beatlesque pop melodies inspired the creativity of my illustrations, music and songs. They also got me through some dark times. Listening to this new music triggered many happy nostalgic feelings from high school in the late 70’s!

The autobiographical first song called When I was a Boy has a heartfelt music video showing ELO leader Jeff Lynne growing up from boyhood with his dream of wanting to play guitar and perform. You see scenes representing his group ELO and then as a member of the Traveling Wilburys. Watch it now and let it rekindle your inner child dreams! See: music video

And when you learn more of how Lynne made bigger dreams come true by working with his idols like the Beatles then you’ll get inspired to know that anything is possible when you follow your heart and passions. Lynne’s achievements and career is astonishing and inspirational!

Mr. Blue Sky: The Story of Jeff Lynne & ELO (2012)

The music documentary, Mr. Blue Sky: The Story of Jeff Lynne & ELO, is about singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Jeff Lynne the creative force behind the Electric Light Orchestra and a multitude of rock legends. You will see a portrait of a man who followed his dream, continuing to have a long, successful career at age 68 and created a dream home where each room is a recording area. See: film trailer 

On top of his success with the Electric Light Orchestra, Lynne worked with his all-time favourite musicians Roy Orbison, Del Shannon and George Harrison that led to the other Beatles Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney. In 2008 Lynne was instrumental in producing the Beatles songs Free as a Bird and Real Love from an old cassette recording of John Lennon and the other members performing on top. Lynne has ultimately created a life full of music and joy from following his passion. See music video: Free as a Bird


Inspiring Themes:
• Passion
• Perseverance
• Creative Spirit
• Power of Music
• Having a Vision
• Following a Dream
• Supportive Relationships

Can you imagine meeting and working with people you’ve been inspired by growing up? Can you imagine following your childhood dreams and making them a reality? Be inspired today by your own role-models and the people that inspire your mind and heart to do what brings you the most joy!

Related Tips:
Tip#610: Follow Your Dream, Part 1 – Movies for Motivation: How To Stay Strong In Your Life & Career - Limitless
Tip#905: Follow Your Dream, Part 2 – Mr. Blue Sky: The Story of Jeff Lynne & ELO
Tip#596: Smile, Part 1 - Jeff Lynne of ELO - Modern Times (1936)

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Motivational Speaker & Resilience Expert
Discover How Movies Inspire Resilience in Your Work & Life!
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© Emmanuel Lopez 2015