My boyfriend and I have been watching the original He-Man and the Masters of the Universe cartoon. We like to watch an episode a night while we eat dinner. Each episode the villain, Skelletor, tries to take over Eternia and every episode, He-Man and his friends stop him. At the end of the episode, there is a short lesson about how to learn from your mistakes and be a better person. My boyfriend tells me that they took out this lesson at the end of the episode for the European release. I don’t know why, I think it’s great to have these little asides where the hero is talking to the viewer about how they can be better people.
While we have been watching He-Man, I have also been watching the newest generation of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. When I was little, I was in love with My Little Pony. While I didn’t have a lot of the toys, I loved to play with them and send them on adventures. Each episode of the new cartoon is focused on lessons about friendship and how everyone makes mistakes and how we can learn from them. The show focuses heavily on being good friends and forgiving those who have messed up.
I think that it’s important for both children and adults to watch these cartoons. They remind us that people make mistakes and that we can learn for forgive them. That being better friends and better people, we can create a better world for everyone.
Being a yoga practitioner, I like to watch these shows because they remind me of what’s important and way that I can be more mindful in my life and with my relationships. I recently contacted an aunt who I had been on the outs with for a few years. I wanted to show her that I didn’t have any hard feelings and that I wanted to be in contact with her again. We stayed the conversation away from the issues that had been bothering us but looked more towards the future and ways to stay in contact again. I actually think that by watching these cartoons, I was inspired to forgive and forget. I am only responsible for how I feel and now how others feel. I can be mindful as to not try to cause trouble but I am human after all.
You are never too old to watch cartoons. The next time you do, try looking for one or more of the 8 Limbs of Yoga in the episode and see how you can apply it to your life. Let me know what you discover! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or Facebook message me @ZenMermaidYoga