I have managed to make some significant changes to my life over the past couple years and it has only been possible through routine and ritual. I actually prefer to use the word ritual over routine. Routine sounds so damn boring, laborious and repetitious, whereas ritual sounds like something profoundly soulful and spiritually aware. Whenever I attempt to take on something new, try to rid myself of an old habit or I'm just try to find more meaning in the mundane, I always like to look at the work ahead as the cultivating of a new ritual into my life. An undertaking that will essentially improve me and make me stronger, better, faster and wiser in mind, body and spirit.
It is through this holistic way of thinking that I have been able to create several daily rituals that have allowed me to master many things that I never thought that I would be able to do; things that I probably would have laughed about if someone had told be that I would be doing them a few years ago. Quitting smoking, getting up earlier everyday, taking a daily yoga class, meditating, incorporating mindfulness and visualisation techniques into my daily life; all of these things I have managed to cultivate into my daily life through repetition and ritual.
When you think about it, there is the beauty of ritual in almost everything that we do if we can manage to do it mindfully and with that word 'ritual' at the forefront of our thinking. Eating, cleaning, showering, driving, speaking, working, walking, listening, standing still, brewing tea or even sleeping. The list is absolutely endless, we do most of these things thoughtlessly and on autopilot, but we can get so much more out of what we consider mundane if we just start to see it all as some sacred dance, some magical ritual of the self that we get to celebrate every single day of our lives.
Take some time to try it for yourself. Create a new ritual where you allow yourself to be lost in the rhythm of your own life. Get up a little earlier, try something new, enjoy the mundane by looking at it all with fresh eyes, it is easy to cultivate and celebrate the ritual of your own life everyday if you allow yourself to.
The American philosopher and motivational speaker Wayne Dyer once said If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change, and he is not just some holistic nutter, he is 100% correct. Let every moment matter, let everyday be steeped in something marvellous and let yourself enjoy ritual over routine and before you know it, you'll have a lot more to love about your life as well.
Release Date: 2018
Running Time: 101 mins
Wes Anderson does it again! Another brilliant, fun and completely original offering from the 'King of Quirk' that is destined to generate a cult following and amuse audiences with its cheeky humour and delightful stop motion animation style.
After an outbreak of canine flu, all of the dogs have been expelled from Megasaki City, Japan and quarantined to a nearby dump called Trash Island. An inventive 12 year old boy named Atari arrives on the island to search for his lost and beloved pet Spots. He is met by a riff-raff bunch of exiled dogs that help him on his quest, which also inspires a group of dog lovers back on the mainland to expose a government conspiracy.
Like all Anderson movies, there is never a shortage of terrific actors involved and some of the more recognisable voice offerings have been provided by Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Harvey Keitel, Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand, Greta Gerwig and even Yoko Ono.
Isle of Dogs is so beautifully realised, tastefully delivered, imaginatively created and painstakingly executed that I couldn't help but adore it from beginning to end, it's an unmissable viewing!
FINAL SAY: Because he's a twelve year old boy, dogs love those.
4.5 Chilli Peppers