One of my favorite films this year was Boyhood, directed by Richard Linklater.     It is an intimate film about a boy and his family, following him when he was a child and ending when he enters college.   The film was shot every few weeks over a 12-year period, with the same actors.    It is simply a film about humanity, what it means to be human.

Impermanence is a big part of the film, things change, parents divorce, remarry, divorce, remarry, divorce; people get new jobs, people move to different homes, etc.    Love is always there, despite the changes the boy faces in his family.   Boyhood reminds me of yoga; yoga teaches us not to get attached even if you nailed that handstand.  Yoga helps us understand ourselves better so we can be more present and aware.    We are asked to explore what is happening in our bodies and minds during poses and to be aware, and accepting, of these feelings.

I think we can learn a lot from Boyhood, just be present in your life, with your loved ones.


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