I do not make movies for children. I make them for the child in all of us, whether we be six or sixty. - Walt Disney.
Tonight is movie night so prepare your movie nibbles and take a front row seat for your favourite movie of all time!
This is an exercise in nostalgia…
Taking a trip down memory lane - or nostalgia - comes from the greek nostos and algos meaning becoming and ache. Today we know it as the emotional state in which we experience feelings we associate with past and generally warm memories.
Triggers of nostalgia can actually make you feel as though you are back in the time and place of the memory and is said to help us move forward into the future with an increased sense of optimism for things to come.
So today’s restful exercise has two routes and you’ll know the one which is best for you and will lead to a heartwarming sense of pleasure and relaxation.
Route One -
Choose a movie that takes you back to the happy time in which you first watched it. Last evening my husband and our family watched Dr. No, the Bond movie with a very young Sean Connery made in 1962. Alan remembers seeing this film for the first time aged about seven while on holiday in Kilkee. (He also fondly remembers this holiday cinema treat for having tried to hold the hand of the daughter of a family friend as they watched it together.) Enjoying a movie that brings back happy memories can be a guilty pleasure bath you sink into - and an excuse to eat a bag of Maltesers or a tub of popcorn - without the judgement.
Route Two -
For some nostalgia is a trigger to ruminate on less happy moments in time and it may be a more relaxing and pleasurable option to choose to see a film you’ve never seen before. What movie have you been meaning to watch? What has been recommended to you? Is there a favourite actor / director whose movie you haven’t yet seen? How about trying out a foreign language movie? Or a different genre sic-fi/ musical/ classic?
Which ever route you choose to your movie night, organise it well in advance of curtain-up. Will you be watching alone or with family members? What time suits everyone? Have you checked your movie choice is available? Are you a member of Prime/ Netflix/ Apple tv/ iTunes/ YouTube/ Sky premier? Many old movies are available for free on YouTube. Perhaps a friend can lend you a dvd or video. And consider the treats too. Why not bake a batch of brownies, or a fruit salad if you’re not into popcorn. How about going all out and make it Premier or Oscar night and get dressed up in your best Hollywood glamour!
And if you’re not sure what to watch, the film The Shift starring the late Dr. Wayne Dyer is available on Youtube and is a beautiful film I can't watch often enough. The musical score on this film, along with the theme is truly a restful and uplifting experience.
Enjoy a wonderful night in with the stars……..
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