Sunday, November 07, 2021

Tip#1262: The Recipe For Resilience, Part 68 – The Eternals

This is Day 601 of the COVID-19 pandemic here in Toronto, Canada. 

I continue to feel heavy symptoms of seasonal affective disorder (SAD or winter depression) as we enter the colder winter months. Watching movies, extra vitamin D supplements and daily therapy walks soaking up the warm sunshine on my face always feels fantastic and helps lift my mood and soothe my mind from ruminating, negative thoughts. 

Thankfully, I continue to practice my daily Qigong exercises (see tip#1259) which helps me focus, visualize and believe in the power of the universe all around me as an energy resource. The practice includes visualizing my connection with the universe and saying this three-part mantra: 

• I am in the universe
• The universe is in my body
• The universe and I combine together  

Video for Qigong exercise: Spring Forest Qigong 

Just like The Force in Star Wars, Qigong (or Chi energy) is inside each of us and flows through the universe. So by visualizing how vast the universe is makes it easier to believe in this invisible energy source. Movies can help us visualize this vastness especially fantasy and SCI FI films and even those about superheroes! 

The Eternals (2021) 

The superhero, action, drama film, The Eternals, is about ten immortal beings with superhuman powers who’ve secretly lived on Earth for thousands of years emerging from hiding and reunite to battle their evil counterparts, the Deviants. This is a highly engaging, entertaining chapter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) which stars an excellent, multicultural, ensemble cast that includes Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Lia McHugh, Brian Tyree Henry, Lauren Ridloff, Barry Keoghan, Don Lee, Harish Patel, Kit Harington, Salma Hayek, and Angelina Jolie.
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This movie is truly epic in its storytelling because it spans thousands of years on Earth and introduces us to massive, galactic characters and concepts called The Celestials. It also introduces ten new Marvel comics characters done so skillfully by director, Chloé Zhao, who won many awards for her film Nomadland (2020) including Oscars for Best Director and Best Picture. The film also features several firsts in the MCU such as the first deaf actress playing a deaf superhero character and first gay couple. 

What lingers in my mind are the visually stunning images of the enormity of The Celestials. These scenes and concepts is what help empower my Qigong practice and feeds my imagination to connect deeper in the power of Chi energy flowing through the universe. 

Creative visualization is a powerful tool for helping each of us out of difficult times. It helps activate our imagination to picture positive solutions and futures instead of dwelling and ruminating on the past and fears that have not even happened yet. Find a film today to activate your imagination! 

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Related Tips:
Part 1 – COVID-19 – 6 Movie Tips
Part 2 – COVID-19 – The Hundred-Foot Journey

Part 3 – COVID-19 – The Biggest Little Farm

Part 4 – COVID-19 – This Is the End

Part 5 – COVID-19 – Runaway Bride

Part 6 – Splash

Part 7 – Julie & Julia

Part 8 – Paris Can Wait

Part 9 – The Client 

Part 10 – The Old Guard

Part 11 – The Farmer’s Daughter
Part 12 – Amélie

Part 13 – Hail the Conquering Hero – The Lady Eve

Part 14 – Back To School

Part 15 – Project Power – An American Pickle

Part 16 – The Secret: Dare to Dream 

Part 17 – Chadwick Boseman – 42 – Black Panther
Part 18 – Phenomenon
Part 19 – Mulan 2020
Part 20 – Waitress - Labor Day - Michael

Part 21 – Enola Holmes
Part 22 – Kiss the Ground
Part 23 – Top 5 Inspiring Thanksgiving Movie Scenes
Part 24 – Hubie Halloween 
Part 25 – Borat Subsequent Moviefilm 
Part 26 – The Queen’s Gambit   
Part 27 – Trading Places 
Part 28 – Greenland 
Part 29 – Logan’s Run 
Part 30 – Moonstruck 

Part 31 – Remember the Night
Part 32 – Tenet
Part 33 – Noel 
Part 34 – Soul
Part 35 – Feel Good Energy of Movies & TV Shows 
Part 36 – Last Holiday 1950 & 2006 
Part 37 – Synchronic 
Part 38 – Appetite for Love 
Part 39 – Tomorrowland
Part 40 – Cinderella 2015

Part 41 – Top Secret! – Real Genius 
Part 42 – Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind 
Part 43 – Coming 2 America
Part 44 – In & Of Itself 
Part 45 – Zack Snyder’s Justice League 
Part 46 – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 
Part 47 – Bill & Ted Face the Music 
Part 48 – Housesitter 
Part 49 – Tampopo
Part 50 – You’ll Never Get Rich 

Part 51 – The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend A Broken Heart
Part 52 – Avatar 2009 – Forest Bathing 
Part 53 – WarGames  
Part 54 – Oxygen 
Part 55 – Cruella 
Part 56 – History is Made at Night 
Part 57 – The Celestine Prophecy 
Part 58 – The More the Merrier 
Part 59 – Born a Champion 
Part 60 – Chef  

Part 61 – Night at the Museum Trilogy 
Part 62 – Free Guy 
Part 63 – Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings  
Part 64 – Source Code   
Part 65 – Super Me  
Part 66 – Battlestar Galactica 2003 
Part 67 – No Time To Die 

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