Wonder Woman - Definition of Empowerment

So, I just saw the Wonder Woman movie in the theatre and was blown away how good it is and how much I loved it.  It is a most excellent super hero movie and Wonder Woman herself a dazzling character - smart, empathetic, inquisitive, fierce and she can totally kick butt. 

Wonder Woman, most of all, she stands for love and accepting all people for who they are. I think that if each of us had a little bit more of Wonder Woman, of these qualities, in us, we’d have a better world.
— Gal Gadot

 

To me, what really makes her empowered is that she believes in herself and her destiny and lets that belief be her guide above all else. Also it is worth noting because it is so very, very rare; she stands alone as a force to be reckoned with; NOT somebody's mother, sister, lover, wife, etc. She is just herself and that is plenty.

For this alone I cannot say thank you enough. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Patty Jenkins is the director and she has done such an amazing job I believe she should (and will be) nominated for all the best director awards next season. The movie is doing amazing at the box office and received 92% approval ratings on Rotten Tomatoes, which is no easy feat.

I saw this movie with my husband and daughter(18)  and son (21). We all really enjoyed it and my son is a huge comic book enthusiast and pretty much knows everything there is to know about the DC and Marvel universes and is generally very critical. After seeing WonderWoman he said: 

That was a great comic book movie and it was well done. I really liked the actress. She was a perfect fit.
— Leo

I agree 100%. I am wild about Gal Gadot and her performance. She is mesmerizing in every scene. Her little half-smile, her angry eyes, her serious tone and her naivety all combine to make a most convincing character in Diana Prince, Wonder Woman's alter ego and the one who travels with Chris Pine's completely charming character Steve Trevor to the front lines of World War I after his plane crashes into the ocean on the shores of Themyscira. 

I grew up in the 70's and the Wonder Woman television series starring Lynda Carter was a weekly staple in my house. She was a brave, strong, beautiful and inspiring heroine who showed my 10-year-old self that fighting for what you believe in is an admirable way of life. I respect and applaud though that Ms. Carter did not make a cameo in this movie, as is so often the way, as she didn't want to take anything away from this current and utterly impressive depiction. 

The movie has been out for a while now and may soon leave theatres, so I urge you to go see it soon if you haven't already. I seriously doubt you will regret it. 

I'll leave you with this wonderful Instagram post made by Gal's husband Jaron Varsano. 

#mywife #therealwonderwoman ❤️

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Posted on July 12, 2017 .

Halfway Through and How Are You?

Well, it's the hallway point of another Amazing year.

Take a moment to reflect on the first half with light fascination.

What were your highlights?

What things are you glad you did?

What worked for you?

What small moments brought you delight?

What made you laugh?

Posted on June 30, 2017 .

Summer, Music & Yoga

Today has simply GOT to be one of the best days of the entire year. 

Not only is it the first day of summer, and thus the summer solstice - when the sun is the strongest and the day is the longest, which is absolutely reason enough to celebrate BUT it is also World Music Day and International Yoga Day. Three of my favourite things (and probably yours too) all celebrated on one day! How incredible is that?  

Summer is always welcomed with open arms and optimism. This season has so many gifts that I am grateful for beyond measure:  flowers, warm weather, outdoor swimming and sleeping and eating. Sun and moon bathing and star gazing. Barbecues and fruit markets,  ice cream, grape popsicles, iced tea and cold beer,  picnics in the park and long walks after dark.

It is officially time to shed the layers I protect myself in thanks to the fluctuating and extreme Canadian weather and feel the soft ground under my bare feet and the wind on my bare skin. It is seems a more natural state of being to want to be outside than trying to avoid it all costs wouldn't you agree?

Music. Life would be far less wonderful without the accompaniment of music. I'm sure I'm not alone when I say I listen to music every single day of my life. There is never a day that I don't. It provides a constant soundtrack to my days and lifts me up when I'm feeling down. 

Yesterday the power of music was shown to me very profoundly. I was shopping in the grocery store and a song came on the music overhead and suddenly I stopped what I was looking for and just started crying. The Last Farewell by Roger Whitaker. I last heard that song at my dad's funeral. The ability to change my train of thought and emotions so swiftly and surely demonstrates the power music has. 

To manifest today's power, please enjoy this playlist made especially for it. 

 

Yoga is a lovely exercise regime and philosophy that's good for any age or experience. It is a called a yoga practice because the only person you should aim to be better than is yourself the last time you practiced.

Yoga is great to do any time of the month but during menstruation one should try to avoid inverted poses (poses where you are upside down as this can cause retrograde menstruation as the natural flow out of the body is reversed to go back into the body).

Below are some soothing poses during that time of the month that can help alleviate some of the pain and discomfort. 

Image from Bechance.net

Image from Bechance.net

 

One of my favourite yoga celebrities is Rachel Brathen of @yoga_girl fame. She is the author of some excellent books and I find her approach very relatable and encouraging. 

Here is a quick, 3-pose video that any one can do at the end of a long day.

 

Whatever you have on your agenda for the day, may I suggest you try to fit in a little music and yoga and enjoy a solstice celebration of your own.

Namaste.