Spoiler alert – some plot points are revealed.
I had no expectations and was even a bit skeptical going to see the Barbie movie, having personally never owned a Barbie doll. However, I was amazed at how Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach used humor, a clever script and a hero/heroine’s journey to address many issues we are facing today. It can be difficult to capture the nuances regarding issues of gender, inequality, consumerism, etc. without defaulting to black and white thinking. While the movie can be explored from various angles, in this two part series, I will focus on Barbie’s journey of self-discovery.
Our Ideas of Happiness Can Trap Us
Our Authentic Feelings Can Free Us - The Only Way Out is Through
That’s how it was for me when I first started to meditate daily. Just the act of stopping and being with myself, allowed for a stream of emotions that I had kept down – for years. Denying or judging our feelings is a form of self-abandonment. We even have a phrase, “ugly crying” that reflects this! Because of our society’s tendency to ignore feelings, like Barbie, most of us do need to learn to process emotions fully.
Here’s one of the processes I teach in my online course, Emotional Alchemy:
1. Simply notice when you are having an emotion.
2. Relax with slow deep breaths.
3. Allow time to feel and be with the emotion.
4. Refrain from judgment, analysis or going into a story about it.
5. Notice where you feel it in the body.
6. Continue relaxing, breathing and feeling.
7. Notice what happens – does the emotion shift, move through? Did you get an insight or feel a resolution?
Healing and wholeness result from slowing down and being with all those parts of ourselves that got ignored or suppressed and yes, having an “ugly cry” from time to time.
If you want to learn more about the importance of emotional health and a process to work with your emotions as inner guides on your own path of self-acceptance and growth, click on the link below to register for Emotional Alchemy, an on-demand course.