8 Mile speaks of using music against pain

For those who find themselves constantly battling with depression, it may be wise to find a method of spiritual healing that can effectively fill the mind with positive thoughts. This is in essence the principle of Brain Wave Vibration, which leverages the power of music – and other mood-boosting elements – to ward away negative thoughts.

Music is a force that can save people from themselves. Nowhere is this better expressed than in the 2002 film 8 Mile, which details a rap star’s rise to fame from the slums in Detroit, Michigan, as he battles external and internal forces to achieve success.

Lead actor Eminem stresses that the movie isn’t strictly autobiographical, although many consider it to at least be influenced by many aspects of the artist’s life. It begins with the tale of Jimmy Smith (Eminem) as he works at a factory job and tries to gain acceptance among his peers.

The film was received well, both critically and commercially, with critics generally praising Eminem’s performance as an actor. Roger Ebert awarded it three out of four stars and said that he wouldn’t mind seeing a sequel that showed Smith’s rise to fame.

Erin Brockovich lives her conscience

Ilchi Lee believes that meditation can bring to light many revelations. For example, in his poem The Light of Conscience, he writes that “Although all people have conscience / It is difficult to meet people / Who live their conscience.”

This theme is heavily present in 2000’s hit drama, Erin Brockovich, a movie that shows one woman’s journey as she tries to unravel a complicated controversy surrounding Pacific Gas and Electric Company.

Brockovich notices that residents of Hinkley, California, are suffering medical conditions due to industrial poisoning in their water supply and theorizes that it is coming from the operations of the corporation. She also finds that there has been a systematic cover-up of the findings.

The star of the film, Julia Roberts, won an Academy Award, Golden Globe, Screen Actors’ Guild Award and BAFTA for Best Actress. Erin Brockovich is based on a true story and the real Erin Brockovich has a brief cameo in the film as a waitress.

The reception of the movie was largely positive. It received four Golden Globe nominations and five Academy Award nominations.

“We get the best of independent cinema and the best of mainstream cinema all in one package. Erin Brockovich, like Wonder Boys right before it, makes the year 2000 seem increasingly promising for movies,” wrote reviewer Andrew Saris for The New York Observer.

Sublime's What I Got meditates on value of love

One of reggae-punk band Sublime’s biggest hits is What I Got, a melody with a soothing acoustic guitar and a musical accompaniment that is stripped to the bare minimum. In a sense, this details the meaning of the song – that love has the ultimate value and is a key to achieving one’s life dream.

“Life is too short so love the one you got / cause you might get runover or you might get shot,” singer Bradley Nowell says in an honest, plain voice. “Take a small example / A tip from me take all of your money and give it up to charity / Lovin’s what I got.”

What I Got was Sublime’s biggest radio hit and became one of the most popular songs of 1996, reigning number one on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks from October 26 to November 9. The single clearly resonated with listeners for its message that love trumps material objects, a core line of thought in many meditation exercises.

The song was ranked #83 on Rolling Stones’ 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time for its simple yet catchy melody.

“[Nowell’s] bluesy acoustic solo lasts mere seconds, but its singalong syncopation makes it one of the Nineties’ most unforgettable hooks,” the publication writes.

A Perfect Circle’s Thirteenth Step details journey to peace

Ilchi Lee believes that brain wave vibration is a key to purifying the mind so that it is easier to access positive energy which will make it easier to grow spiritually, mentally and emotionally. Simply vibrating one’s body and focusing on each thought can be an amazing way to tap this well of inner strength.

The alternative rock band A Perfect Circle’s concept album, Thirteenth Step, describes a similar journey from the very beginning to the end. The first song, The Package, captures the journey of a man who is addicted to drugs and at rock bottom, having completely forsaken his connection to humanity.

“Eye on what I’m after / I don’t need another friend / smile and drop the cliche… If you need me to pretend,” singer Maynard James Keenan says in a menacing and desperate tone.

Throughout the album, the man slowly recovers – first by going to a hospital for treatment and then graduating to a clinic. The last song on the album, Gravity, speaks of the difficulty and uncertainty of transcendence, but also the importance of striving for that goal.

“I am surrendering to gravity and the unknown / Catch me, heal me / Lift me back up to the sun,” Keenan slowly chants during the chorus.

Two-time cancer survivor runs marathon

In order to overcome one’s limits, it’s important to continue following a guiding life purpose. While it may be difficult to sometimes find the path, the journey itself is one of the keys to improvement.

Eighty-one-year-old Clarence Hartley never planned on running – or even participating in the sport. In fact, he had never really considered it in his youth. When most runners were in their prime, the retired lieutenant was in combat.

Hartley didn’t decide to start running until age 68, when he saw a road race and it inspired him to participate. Since 1998, he has run nearly 150 others. His training was interrupted when, in 2005, he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and, having beaten that, diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2007.

This spring, however, he recently completed the Boston Marathon.

Before the race, he told Runner’s World that he was looking forward to “beating several thousand younger runners… The last time I felt so good was on my final combat mission in the Air Force in 1969. We did a barrel roll flying back to base, and my crew threw me in a pool.”

Easy ways to keeping the mind sharp

Ilchi Lee believes that brain education is an important way to making sure that one’s mind stays strong. One of the best ways to enhance cognitive abilities is through brain training techniques.

AARP.org recently suggested a few techniques that could help improve memory. The first step is to start creating “memory palaces.” Placing things that one wants to remember in a memorable (or strange) location can make the item itself easier to recall.

For example, the news source suggests that a shopping list may be best remembered by imagining the items on the list in curious places. For instance, envision a dancing can of soup on the front step of a house. Imagine laundry detergent poured all over the foyer and toilet paper wrapped around the door.

Another way to keep a mind sharp is to practice “chunking.” This consists of breaking down hard-to-remember numbers and phrases into different segments. If one is trying the random letters VOWSELBAR, try remembering the syllables VOW-SEL-BAR instead of individual letters.

The key is to never become complacent and hitting the so-called OK Plateau. Stay conscious of each task and try to consistently improve upon it.

Till I Collapse by Eminem speaks about finding personal strength

Ilchi Lee believes that brain education can help one find a source of personal strength and overcome obstacles. That’s why it can be important to find motivational songs and other forms of art that can help with the journey.

Till I Collapse by Eminem speaks about that adventure and the fact that one should never give up when trying to chase after a better life. It was featured on the soundtrack of 8 Mile, the biographical film starring the famous rapper.

The tune has been popular in many countries and has been featured in video and basketball games. This is likely because listeners interpret the lyrics as powerful and inspirational. The song begins by stressing that perseverance is a key to strength.

“‘Cause sometimes you feel tired / feel weak, and when you feel weak, you feel like you wanna just give up / But you gotta search within you, you gotta find that inner strength,” Eminem raps at the beginning of the song.

The rapper may know a little about facing adversity. He raised his daughter, Hailie, in poverty while struggling within the high crime and drug trafficking area of Detroit, Michigan.

Amputee races in 5k, overcomes adversity

Inspirational stories can be a way to better understand oneself and humanity. They can also help one realize that unlocking their own potential is possible. That’s in part why the tale of Kevin Degnan is so important – it details the man’s battle as he overcame an injury and finally achieved his dream, according to NBC affiliate WGRZ.

In 1986, Degnan was jogging along a road when he was struck by a car. This resulted in a serious loss of muscle mass in his left leg, and last year, doctors were forced to amputate the limb and replace it with a prosthetic.

Degnan became determined that he would fully overcome these new obstacles through rigorous training and self-discipline. He decided he would participate in the Shoes for Shelter race, a 5k stretch at Forest Lawn Cemetery in New York.

“I’m not just going for my… shall we say cardio vascular challenge but a literal, physical challenge with my leg,” Degnan told the news provider before the race. “And carrying this leg with me for three miles and one tenth. And it will be done.”