Movie Mandalas – Pocahontas
Another week, another movie, another mandala! My week has been going more positively compared to the last one. I have had a few downer moods that made me remember to slow down, but overall it’s been a lazy-mood week as opposed to a no-motivation-mood type of week. I’ll take it as a win!
The animated movie I watched this week was perfect for what I needed to get me through the low-mood days: Pocahontas. I’m a huge fan of all the art and animation of Glen Keane, and Pocahontas was among my favorites of his characters. The development of this character, from the personality progression to the visual design, was amazing.
There are so many lovely parts to this movie that appeal to me — the story, the characters, the music — but there was one song that seemed to touch me most this week: Just Around the Riverbend.
You can listen to the song here; go ahead and press the bar to play it:
What made sense to me from this song wasn’t quite the same as the original meaning. Where in this is moment Pocahontas is talking about the contentment of living a seemingly stagnant life instead of never embracing possibility or positive changes, to me this song reminded me that even though I feel stuck right now in my low-point there always is another day coming, another chance to embrace something better. And that is a happy thought.
Colors for this movie were hard to pick out! It was especially difficult when you consider the amazing color palettes and art designed into the whole film by the Disney pre-production teams. I mean, the palette and art used for the song “Colors of the Wind” alone are amazing, right?!
Quick note: I used the mandala pattern written by Marinke, from A Creative Being. If you would like the pattern, you can find it here. It is so helpful to take the time to make these mandalas and use it to meditate as I slowly count the stitches.
Pocahontas was a great character. She was independent, but still had lots to learn. Kind, but assertive when it was called for. Watching the film this time around I grew to appreciate her rational approach of the unknown; it’s something that I feel like I lack on days when depression and fibromyalgia have my brain all foggy. Careful thought, one step at a time, is a good idea.
I liked the earthy tones of her costume’s palette, so I tried to adhere to that closely, highlighting it all with the colors of her mother’s necklace.
Now, the antagonist for this story was the ever-snooty Governor Ratcliffe. His condescending persona actually reminded me of the way depression sometimes rationalizes away positive feelings and logical ideas and promotes more negative thoughts and unfounded ideas instead.
Governor Ratcliffe: Wiggins, why do you think those insolent heathens attacked us?
Wiggins: Because we invaded their land and cut down their trees and dug up their earth?
Governor Ratcliffe: It’s the gold! They have it and they don’t want us to take it from them. Well, I’ll just have to take it by force then, won’t I?
At least on good days, you can get that negative voice wrangled up, like this:
Governor Ratcliffe: [taken away in chains, muffled] How dare you! Untie me at once! I’ll have your heads for this!
Wiggins: [tearfully] And he came so highly recommended.
Until Next Time
Two more mandalas done, and I’m glad to say I feel a little more centered after making them. Take a little time to re-watch the movie this week; totally worth the time to reminisce.