I'm sure I'm not the only grown up who cozy-ed up on Saturday night to watch Disney's Frozen from the comfort of my own home. (Woo! What a relief it's finally on DVD!) Watching any Disney princess movie, I have a natural tendency to try to apply the situations and lesson to my own life (because... aren't we all really one of those Disney princesses in one way or another? I mean... You totally know which one you are. Ariel? Rapunzel? Belle?).
Here are the 5 lessons I learned watching Frozen:
1. Let People In
It’s not always easy to let people see the real you, but cooping yourself up in your room, your castle--or a personality that is not authentically you-- can seriously damage relationships. Let people in. Let them see the real you--because who you are is amazing, fun, and magical. A queen that is holed up in her castle acts as a disservice to her kingdom. YOU are a queen, a princess, royalty. When you let your light shine, you allow your community (your kingdom) to shine bright as well. Let them in. Let your #soulshine.
2. Let things go
Ahhh... Adele Dazim. You’ve made it so easy for us to remember one of the greatest life lessons! Taught over and over in yoga classes, the art of letting things go frees us from so much pain and unhappiness. You may have messed up. Your whole city or company or family may be angry at you. Maybe your sister is marrying a creep. You may have a million negative thoughts running through your head. Learn to let go of those things that do not serve you--those things that are keeping your from your best life.
3. Don’t let your past mistakes shape your future
In Frozen, the entire movie is based around Elsa’s inability to let go of one mistake in her past. Sure, she messed up (and she messed up reeeeally good), but our mistakes and our past do not need to define us. Once you are able to release the past, you can live fully in the present and be with the people that are here with you. Don’t let the past keep you from creating new and beautiful experiences for your life.
4. Love creates Miracles
Every move we make, every word we speak can either come from love or from fear. The Course in Miracles teaches that when we shift our thinking from fear to love, that is when miracles occur. Anna shows us that love--true, pure love absent of fear-- saves us. In every situation, the extreme life threatening situations or the every day, seemingly mundane ones, we can choose love or we can choose fear. The goal then is to make every thought a loving one.
5. Some people are worth melting for
A snow man who loves summer and builds a fire for his princess. There are just some people you meet in life that you can’t resist. You melt for them daily-- over and over again. Don't ever stop! Do nice things for them. Tell them how much they mean to you. Spend time with them. Love them deeply. Cherish them. Melt for them.
Did you learn something else in Frozen? Ok and yes... please tell me which Disney princess you relate to most. Share your thoughts in the comments:)
Oh PS--- I'm totally Rapunzel;)