As soon as once more, tens of millions of us in Australia have had our every day lives upended. In Sydney, supermarkets are empty of bathroom paper, borders are shut, and the summer season holidays might not be the respite we had hoped for.
But even with out the most recent outbreak, the COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly led many people to expertise a great deal of stress and poor sleep. And with the coronavirus disrupting numerous vacation plans, it is laborious to keep away from feeling annoyed and worrisome. However we’d all do effectively, because the mantra goes, to ‘hold calm and stick with it’. How? With slightly senseless, or quite aware, TV, after all.
For those who’re caught at residence and wish one thing to distract you from all of the gloom, the present 10-part documentary sequence, ‘A World of Calm’, now exhibiting on SBS could present some consolation – even peace. And lulling you to sleep is precisely what it units out to do. In spite of everything, the sequence is co-produced by the corporate that makes ‘Calm’, the main app for sleep and meditation.
The sequence examines a assorted vary of subjects – from the miraculous to the mundane. Nonetheless, whether or not the episode is about migrating birds, or coral reefs, or a noodle recipe, the story is totally irrelevant. The topic of every episode merely serves as dressing for what is basically a guided meditation – one narrated and voiced by A-list celebrities no much less. There’s Idris Elba, Oscar Isaac, Nicole Kidman, Lucy Liu and Keanu Reeves, to call just a few.
With contemplative narration and quite a lot of gorgeous visuals, every 22-minute episode takes viewers on one thing of a religious journey. It invitations them to concentrate on one thing neatly contained, and, to that finish, escape from what has been, fairly frankly, a forgettable 12 months.
‘A World of Calm’ might not be essentially the most actioned packed or compelling present. If elevator tv have been a factor, that is it. However if you happen to watch and pay attention intently, it might simply stir your thoughts, physique and soul towards a state of rest many people can use proper now to alleviate stress.
It is easy to dismiss this sequence as merely a meditative head journey, nevertheless it’s additionally an uplifting and philosophical one. A lot of the visible imagery could be seen as a celebration of the pure world. And in that case, viewers may grow to be extra grateful for what they’ve and fewer anxious about what they’re up in opposition to. That is not a nasty mindset to have earlier than going to mattress every evening and considering what 2021 will deliver.
Advert-free episodes of ‘A World of Calm’ display on SBS Friday 25 December to Sunday 3 January at 7:30 pm. Episodes can even be accessible at SBS On Demand after they air.