I always wandered why people go to the movies every week or even twice weekly. With the rising cost of tickets and time spent driving to the cinema through all the traffic usually puts off many people. Yet hundreds off people go to the movies daily. I used to watch movies a lot when I was young, then just a few when I was a young adult and later , as a mother ,I watched as I accompanied my kids. Over the years , I slowly stopped going to the movies except maybe once a year, during festive season. It was fun and that was it.
Two days ago, I had an opportunity to watch a movie titled ” The Good Dinosaur”. It was 3D animated and my companions in the cinema were either children or parents. As the movie started , I was surprised by the vividness and realness of the scenes. It was fascinating to watch the richness of colours ,ruby red , copper,orange, sky blue, midnight blue,cobalt,lime green , olive green, magenta, violet….. It was a feast indeed for my eyes. Every scene was simply beautiful. I felt so alive and excited. The story, let me tell my honest feeling , it was very much about our real life. It was about overcoming our fears, trusting one another, appreciation, forging relationships, love and caring for others and ourselves. It was just a simple story about a little green dinosaur finding its way home but it was packed with such wonderful and valuable lessons. The dinosaur’s journey was filled with fear, pain ,anger, resentment, doubts, trust,sharing, courage , awareness , self realization and finally a good measure of self confidence. The discovery of its self confidence gave its self esteem the boost it needed to live in this world and to love its life. The little dinosaur finally found his family but he was not the same creature anymore. He realized his self worth so his outlook in life changed too.
For me, It was a profound movie indeed. The one and half hours I spent in the cinema was worth every minute of my time. All these years, I never acknowledged how a movie can actually put so much of positiveness in our minds.When people say , being mindful and practice positiveness , I always imagined it to be listening to a talk or practising meditation but I was amazed to discover that a good positive movie is equally important to help us to change our mind sets or outlooks. I consider the hours spent in the cinema as a counseling session and the thought patterns and values learned as therapy, maybe like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).
I suppose it it right to say , it’s important for us to feed our minds, our eyes, our ears and our emotions with good positive visuals and thought. It is important for us to be positive even though we are at our lowest , our toughest or in the most painful part of our lives. When we are at our lowest point, it’s important for our emotions and thoughts to reflect positively , it’s important for our eyes and brain to relay positive images or scenes . These will keep our minds in harmony and at peace as we make decisions or as we go through hurdles. Aligning ourselves is necessity nowadays.
We have been bombarded by lots of unwanted pain and suffering through movies, news, newspapers and even people around us , may they be family, friends, colleagues or just strangers. We need to find ways to be above this and to be afloat. We need to make wise choices. We can choose what we want to put in our thoughts and minds. We can choose how we want to see our lives and this world. So , everyone out there, GO for a Good POSITIVE MOVIE and LAUGH ALOUD and SHARE THE JOY.Come out of the cinema with a SMILE 🙂 on your face and a little skip in your steps.
As for me,I am already thinking of the next positive movie I plan to watch.