Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Tao Te Ching
Soul is Pixar's coming of age tale: a visual maturation in real time of duty to see if you are looking,
listen if you are hearing,
savor if you are eating,
smell if you are breathing,
feel empathy for the impact on others of your actions and behaviors
and gratitude for being alive.
Also get a good haircut and wear clean tidy threads.
Each Soul searches for meaning.
Pixar magicians depict uniquely human hands creating music, connected with seeds anticipating life:
joy pain sadness falling failure, disappointment, bagel generosity, sewn threads in a circle of caring, road lollies for uncertainty about the journey, and learning, while walking in someone else's meat suit, self acceptance.
Revolution epiphany always entails the drudgery of responsibility,
consequences as the culmination of all our life choices.
Jerry Counselors inspire us to find our own spark, given our personality temperament and luck, the enthusiasm which keeps us living from day to day.
Mentors help guide us to finding our own interpretation of the meaning of life: Nood 22 innocent and naive channels Joe's memories fears and passion in new directions, Philly bearded Dez barber-psychotherapist, Mom and Aunties form a web of emotional support, even Paul the neighborhood hater has something to teach about apology, reaching out and embracing.
Whatever is, is the gift.
Gratitude for life is seeking moments of peace and joy in what is.
Lost Souls are obsessed with something that disconnects them from life:
secretive insecurities like Paul who habitually criticizes others
to distract from disappointment in his own failed aspirations.
Nood 22, a before earth You Seminar unshaped soul, connects with Paul with apology and road lolly by just going with her intuition in Joe's meat suit.
Collected memories can be lost in dementia, recalled through photos, mementos pizza crust, bagel shared, thread covering underpants, even a subway ticket shared with others in their own zones of reverie.
Accountant Terry cautions "Seriously, stay away from processed foods"
his multiple abacuses (abaci) logging souls prematurely entered into the Great Beyond.
book The China Study Campbell 20 years research what goes into the stomach and well being . . . or not.
On the moving walkway to the Great Void there is a 106yo Blue Zones Japanese,
an Inukitut who dreams of whales and some who have lost their pants.
As morality play, Soul evolves from You Seminar, before life unshaped purple eyed nood souls,
with a Jerry Native American counselor, through gifts of personality, temperament,
life experiences on Earth, emotions, finally the moving escalator to the Great Beyond.
Who we are now is the summary of all our prior choices.
DVD Dhamma Brothers documentary 10 day meditation training, years later follow up
DVD Departures Oscar 2008 Best Foreign film learning self and other forgiveness before parenting.
Soul is a 5* parable decorated with mesmerizing in the zone jazz, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington,
Museum of African American Art and Culture creations in Joe's apartment,
Moonwind's hip hop sign dancing, busker subway strumming, existential complexity and laughter.
PS Mitten, as therapy animal gives grateful meaning, to the term fat cat 😉