Sitting at a matinee with six other women for a screening of Magic Mike XXL, without turning to look at each other, we began to bond. Talking aloud before the movie started, thrilled that we could hoot and holler like it was a live performance if desired because it was just us, a few ladies who took the afternoon to do exactly what we wanted. That in and of itself is a type of healing. It is called self-care. Quite simply taking time for yourself, to nourish the pieces of you that need attention.
Now if your path leads you to judge me, that is perfectly fine. I feel no need to hide that I thoroughly enjoy beautiful men dancing. Dancing in general, if you must know, regardless of gender or physical appearance, truly does nourish me. I simply love intentionally beautiful movement.
Back to the theater. Though I was not the one who originally offered the idea that a bit of verbal praise would be perfectly acceptable, I was certainly the first one to shout and cheer! Though it was not for what the others were holding their comments for. I shouted in excitement because I watched one of the main characters start making hand gestures that I was very familiar with. He was clearly working with energy over a fallen friend. Then he announced he was a level three Reiki Master healer. Now seriously, of course I hooted! I stomped my feet and I grinned from ear to ear the rest of the movie.
Not to worry, I thoroughly enjoyed all the rest of the reasons that we ladies had chosen to spend our afternoon there, but I took so much more than a rain of dollar bills from that movie. At another point this same character spoke with another about how they were healers in a way, and I couldn’t agree more. Attention, passion, love, joy, those are all healing to the body and the soul. These characters were talking about living out their passion, really embracing it. That alone radiates its own nourishing energy. Add to that that their passion is to offer women, singly and in groups, dedicated attention if only for the length of a song. And round it out with the fact that they are holding space for people to celebrated their authentic selves. Yes, without a doubt in my mind, I put that in the healing category.
Now, taking into account that possibility, if healers and healing can be found in a movie about road tripping strippers, can they not be found in everything? What other parts of your life, you world, need to adjust their description to include healer, healing, or healing space? Just in my immediate vicinity I see a journal, a snuggly blanket, a cup of coffee and a chair by the window that need to update their resume. Take a few minutes to let some things in your life expand their potential and your world will feeling so much better.
PS. I didn't have an image from the new movie so I grabbed my copy of the first Magic Mike. It has an amazing secret on the blu-ray: some kind and wonderful genius pulled all the dance numbers together in one piece in the special features, so if you have no desire to follow the storyline you can still watch the dance.