So the weekend has started and you are wondering what to watch? How about some spiritual films nominated this year for the Oscars?
‘Onward’ and ‘Soul’ are both nominated for the Animated Feature Films and you can watch them both on Disney Plus. Who said children’s films are only for the children?! When the pandemic started and I wanted to avoid all the negativity, I begun to watch Disney Plus more 🙂 Children’s films are very positive and always have an uplifting message so we can learn a lot from them. Let’s look at these two, the best of the best from last year.
I watched ‘Onward’ first and really felt like it was very up to date. This movie is about a land where magical creatures live altogether: elves, centaurs, manticores, pixies, cyclopes, fauns, unicorns and dragons. But they forgot they are magical and almost all of the magic was lost. There are still some traces of it in legends and family stories but nobody believes in them anymore. Except for Barley, a teenage elf whose brother Ian just turned 16. Together they must go for a quest during which Ian discovers that he is a wizard and develops his magic skills. To be able to master it he needs to believe in himself, concentrate and most of all, trust his older brother who is his father figure.
So the message here is that we have lost our skills and powers because we became too lazy and only by mastering our gifts we can find ourselves again. Does that sound familiar to you? It looks like concentrating and believing are very important things we should do to finally make the Earth a better place to live for us and everybody else. So start meditating and work on yourself to become the best version of you.
‘Soul’ is another Pixar movie distributed by Disney and following some familiar ideas like Life Purpose and Real Passion. We see the Great Beyond as a ball of light and energy into which all the souls of the dead emerge. Then we also see the Great Before where souls are getting ready to go to Earth for their lifetime. Both concepts are very spiritual and shown in a very imaginative and fun way. For example all the counselors in the Great Before are called Jerry, except for Terry who is an accountant of souls 🙂 There is also a group of hippie mystics who meditate and get to the zone, the place between the physical and nonphysical.
Here the message is about living our life to the fullest, enjoying every moment. Here and Now. Both can be a great starting point to talk to your children about some of the presented ideas. Or to just contemplate them yourself. And then to act on them. Let’s enjoy our lives and appreciate everything that happens for us 🙂