Movies & Fluidity

 

I find movies a great way of experiencing the fluidity of experiences. Today, I watched the World’s Fastest Indian, and even a relatively simple movie like this brought up a wide range of experiences, including strong emotions of various types.

And since there is little or no resistance to any of these (it is just a movie, after all), they come and go with little or no stickiness. They arise, are fully experienced, move on, and give space for something else.

Noticing this is a great practice for bringing it into daily life. Why should daily life be any different? Why should I resist experiences there, by holding onto them (resisting their passing) or pushing them away (resisting their coming and staying), when I don’t do it while watching movies?

The only difference is the thought that my daily life is “real” and “serious” while the movie is “fiction” and “entertainment”. But it is so much less energy and suffering involved in allowing it all to just pass through, even in daily life. And it does not take away anything from fully experiencing what is going on (if anything, it allows for a more full experience of it), and it does not in any way prevent me from acting in the ways which seems appropriate. So why not?

Aside from all that, The World’s Fastest Indian was well worth watching. It is based on the life of Burt Munro, an elderly New Zealander who modified an old 1920s motorcycle and set several land speed records in the 1960s and early 1970s. It is an example of someone who lives in a heartfelt way, childlike in following his passions, who takes it all as far as it can go, and equally appreciates his relationship with the world of speed and technology as with people.

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