I just finished watching My Neighbor Totoro (late to the party, i know) and I liked so much I am putting everything else from Hayao Miyazaki to the must watch list. I was already familiar with this film and his work (thank you, tumblr). I wanted to watch Totoro first and The Wind Rises after – I’m about to hit play, once I finish this post. There is one particular scene that I want to talk about. But first, the overall: I enjoyed how the movie has no villains, only humans and mystery/fantasy. I liked the relationship between the sisters and the fact that the dad is so respectful of their space. I thought it was very real to have problems such as a sick mom at the hospital and a kid simply being lost. I also liked that Totoro and all the other creatures do not talk. It was different from what I was expecting.
And when the girls, especially Mei, the younger one, follow the smaller creatures and are enchanted by them, there is no patronizing by the father. When the older one, Satsuki, goes to the magical tree and Mei tells her there’s no magic there, their dad says “then right now the forest spirits don’t want to be seen” – this type of wisdom is what you’d expect from your parents, by the way. the older daughter replies “but dad… I want to see them too!”. to which he says: “maybe you will, if you’re lucky”. and it reasoned with me because I do believe that everything that is magical/special will find you (and not the other way around) and if you are lucky, you will see it. perhaps, if you are even luckier, you’ll get to keep that magical connection forever.
I also read this trivia: The forest creatures and title characters of this movie got their name when Mei, the little girl who first sees them in the film, mispronounces the word “troll”. At one point in the original Japanese language version, when Satsuki first finds Mei sleeping in the grove behind their house, Mei tells her sister she saw a “totoro”. There’s a minor difference between “”to-ro-ru” (the Japanese pronunciation of “troll”) and “to-to-ro” (Source). I went to relating Totoro with Moomin in less than a second here. And now, I begin to start liking all trolls, except the internet ones.
The landscapes are absolutely wonderful and I almost started crying when the dad thanks the tree for being there and taking care of them. I liked the younger sister better because although she can’t sleep by herself and is afraid of some things, she has a great intuition and is able to see Totoro in the first place. In the end, when Mei is lost, I thought it was great to see that the Satsuki tried everything by herself first, before looking for a solution with Totoro – perhaps this was more rooted in her insecurity of being able to find Totoro in the first place, but it worked. Because we often see magical creatures as the ones that bring solutions simply, but I am more of the opinion that they can empower us when we’ve done our best and still weren’t able to get to the result we needed. And, once again, the powers are there – we just need to ask for them and see when they appear.
listening while writing: Hozier – Take Me To Church
He can make me
Move into a city on my knees
He can take in everything
Hoping he let’s me in
I, I let you in
I am writing about him home
I am, I am writing a song for him
He can break me
I was thinking about you
Thinking bout me
Thinking bout us (us)
What we gonna be?
Open my eyes, (Yeah)
It was only just a dream
So I travel back (Uh)
Down that road (road)
Will you come back? (back)
No one knows
good god I wish this mashup was longer. it was my favorite from the movie. or maybe just an acoustic version of the Nelly song that I love with all my heart.
It’s easy to say “don’t give people so much power to hurt you,” but that does not address our need for connection and acceptance. It does not account for the very healthy impulse to seek feedback on our perceptions of the world. I believe that the healthiest person, when persistently rejected, will witness either an erosion of their mental boundaries or an erosion of their ability to engage in intimacy. I also believe that the only way to maintain good mental boundaries, to counteract social rejection, and to assess when to disengage, is to have strong self-knowledge and self-confidence, and to engage in self-compassion and care. In other words, to engage in behaviors that build your self-esteem.
listening while reading: Mahmundi – Leve
I watched the movie Chef today, basically because after watching some deep stuff for the last 7 days, I wanted to just not have to think for a while. well, let’s start with the enraging things first: the women (Sofia Vergara and Scarlett Johansson) are irrelevant, unless to move forward the guy’s story and give him real talks. the first is Jon Favreau’s ex, that has this idea that he should pursue his own food truck business and stop working at a fancy restaurant with no creativity. the second sort of likes him and wants him to pay more attention to his son, whom Favreau barely acknowledges as a human being, but only as a responsibility. once I got over that, I could enjoy the movie (oh, the joy of having to get passed no interesting female characters).
so this guy has no money or courage (in the beginning), but he has a lot of talent. and in movies, that’s all we need to be successful. I am writing about this film, though, because it did cause some impressions on me. the first is that it’s better to have your own thing, however small and fucking hard. the second is that food trucks are the best thing ever and I am not giving up on that idea. the third thing is that I am much more prone to cry during movies like this one than actual dramas – I should definitely analyze this.
the character I liked the most was Favreau’s son, because he’s just a fucking social media pro. and I may not cook (at all), but what he did was basically what I was willing to do so that people would know about my food truck. also, he helps at the food truck (which is all what I could do) – although, in the beginning with some reservation from his dad. I just find serving people very rewarding, to talk to them and see if the food was ok, to take care of someone’s wishes (especially if they are polite). the thing that got me emotional, besides the Vine the kid did, was when Favreau’s character finally realizes that his son just wants to be close to him and learn and have fun. let’s, please, not trivialize children’s wishes, folks.
listening while posting: Scott McKenzie – San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair)
Minha casa é simples,
mas é forte todavia.
Chove todo dia
uma calma solidão.
Vento que arranca
dos varais uma lembrança
tudo que me alcança
Era sonho, agora, não.
Number 3 represents the union of mind, body and soul, the holy Trinity and resonates with the Ascended Masters. Number 3 symbolizes the principles of growth, expansion and manifesting abundance. It may be a message that your ideals and visions are coming to fruition in your life, represents creation or making something happen. Alternatively, the number 3 may reflect a creative process or chaos. It may be suggesting that your prayers have been heard and are being responded to and answered. It suggests vitality, motivation, enthusiasm, creativity and experience. Take notice of your true goals and aspirations, and know that they are attainable. Analyze issues to do with commitment, to improving yourself and meditation.
Depending upon the context of the dream, when number 3 appears it may be a sign of problems with communicating and scattered energies. This number always has to do with commitment and as such it should be placed in the I Need column. The number 3 will often appear in dreams about the heart as people who have closed off their heart to others often lack commitment. A triangle or pyramid also indicate commitment and request the dreamer to meditate on the subject matter of the dream.
When two are gathered, eventually their energy will create a new element, and a third is born. Three is the number of creativity. A powerful energy, there are many examples of the concept of three: mother, father and child is perhaps the most universal. The artist, the paint and the finished work is just one case that can be applied to any creative endeavor. In music, a trine is the simplest and perhaps most pleasing harmony. In the world of geometry, it is only when you have three points to work with that you can create an actual shape and accurately define a location in space. The challenge of three is a lack of grounding and separation from reality. This is because three relates so strongly to the drive to create, that feeling unable to do so would be the fear-based side of this energy.
Three is an extremely creative number, and sacred too. When the number three shows up in our dreams it is an indication to create something new. Pull out your pens, paintbrushes, musical instruments, building blocks – whatever gets your creative juices flowing and spurs you to produce something new and magical in your life. Anything you do creatively will come together elegantly because the number three blesses your productivity.
Many world religions contain triple deities or concepts of trinity, including: the Christian Holy Trinity, the Hindu Trimurti and the Tridevi, the Three Jewels of Buddhism, the Three Pure Ones of Taoism and the Triple Goddess of Wicca, which states that whatever energy a person puts out into the world, be it positive or negative, will be returned to that person three times.
Three is considered a good number in Chinese culture because it sounds like the word “alive”. The phrase “Third time’s the charm” refers to the superstition that after two failures in any endeavor, a third attempt is more likely to succeed. This is also sometimes seen in reverse, as in “third man [to do something, presumably forbidden] gets caught”. Luck, especially bad luck, is often said to “come in threes”.
The mystical number 7 appearing in dreams speaks of our inner-selves and inner-wisdom, birth and re-birth, sacred vows, solitude and spiritual awakening and enlightenment. It suggests healing, spiritual knowledge and intuition. It may be indicating a spiritual growth spurt and attuning to the spiritual realms. It tells of a beneficial time to come, with obstacles being overcome and successes realized.
7 appearing in dreams can be an indication that you are on your right Divine path. Keep up the great work you’ve been doing and positive things will continue to flow into your life that will help and assist you along your journey. Listen to your intuition for guidance and solutions. It is an extremely positive sign and suggests self-satisfaction, inner-joy and blessings.
Depending upon the theme or story, it may tell of feelings of being misunderstood by others, isolation and separateness, and/or difficulties maintaining relationships. The number 7 in a dream represents purity, purification, and wisdom gained after facing negativity. Negative situations are being dealt with or removed. It may also reflect negative beliefs or habits that are being stopped or cleansed in some way.
After all the work in the external world which brought us to the concept of partnership, we are now prepared for a more elevated experience of human expression. Seven is the number of spirituality and higher thought, which is only possible after the basic human needs are met. We are now free to look up and contemplate our existence in a more esoteric manner. Meditation and any consideration of the interior landscape of our humanity is governed by the number seven. This includes thought, contemplation, mysticism, prayer, faith, psychology and any endeavor that seeks to understand life from a higher perspective. This is a number we are all familiar with as significant: Seven days of the week, Seven deadly sins, Seven notes in the diatonic scale, Seven colors in the rainbow, Seven Seas, Seven Continents, Seven Heavens, Seven Emperors, Seven hills of Constantinople, Seven hills of Rome, Seven Liberal Arts, Seven Wonders of the ancient world. 7 was considered a God number in ancient Egypt. The Pharaoh usually ordered things in groups of multiples of 7.
The challenge associated with this vibration is to get lost in the ethers and lose contact with life on the ground. Seven in dreams is a call for higher education. It is a magical, mystical number and acting upon its presence will insure success in higher studies. Dreaming of seven is a sign to continue study, start a new hobby, look into alternative healing, investigate esoteric practices, and get more involved with spiritual teachings.
“The Magical Number Seven, Plus or Minus Two: Some Limits on Our Capacity for Processing Information” is one of the most highly cited papers in psychology. It was published in 1956 by the cognitive psychologist George A. Miller of Princeton University’s Department of Psychology in Psychological Review. It is often interpreted to argue that the number of objects an average human can hold in working memory is 7 ± 2. This is frequently referred to as Miller’s Law.
listening while reading: Sufjan Stevens – Chicago