1/18/08

Peaceful Warrior

I watched the movie "Peaceful Warrior" last night for one of my classes, and it changed something inside me. For the first time, I REALLY understood what Sister Morgan means about "Living in the moment." And so, when I walked out of the Snow building I tried it; I stared at the snow swirling around the stadium lights for a good two minutes, thinking of nothing but the snowflakes, and, now and then, how they all looked like tiny bugs. Then, when I got to my car, I blew the fluffy snow off of my windows with my breath as if it were a large, fuzzy dandilion...and a happiness that started in my stomach and welled up to my face created a slight smile and gurgled out of me in a soft giggle. It was such a purely happy feeling--and for doing something so simple. Another concept the movie taught me was to "take out the trash," meaning, empty your mind of any fear, regret, anger, worry, anything!, that is holding you back from being happy, or being successful, or making others happy, etc. This is my new goal.
Has anyone else seen this movie (especially Sis. Morgan)? What did you think? I think it might be something worth watching in seminar. --Jenny

2 comments:

Matthew R. Hall, Esq. said...

I hate to reference what is probably a lesser movie and scenario, but I had a similar experience on the way to the Writing Center today. I was walking, and in an instant the clicking of the footsteps on the pavement was amplified, and I became aware of the sound. Suddenly conscious of the noise, I paid attention to it. It was kind of like in August Rush where the everyday clamor of life became beautiful music to that kid (August, or Little Billy, or whatever his name was. On a side note, I thought the kid was weird, but after the first twenty minutes it seemed to go away.) I noticed that several people were walking in time with each other, without realizing it. I've found myself doing the same thing while walking, and I'm not sure why we do that. Maybe it's a deep sense of conformity that lies silent but always active in the subconscious.

In any case, it's interesting what you notice when you pay attention.

Sky said...

Nicely said, Matthew. Awareness opens up another world. Jenny, I haven't seen the movie. Where can we get it? Also, I have often stood in snow and watched it fall from a dark sky and wondered how to describe it. I never get it just "right" or exact. It's seemed strange to me that I could not fit words around falling snow, though your way was fascinating. "Tiny bugs." "Dandelions." Nice to read good writing.