Lessons from the Jungle Book

When my kids were babies, anytime my Dad would come over to babysit, he would pop in the Jungle Book DVD. All four of my kids would attempt to crawl into his lap to watch the movie, even though, all of them (Dad included) had seen the movie dozens of times before. He would rock them all in the rocking chair and sing to them whenever the “Bear Necessities” part came around. For the rest of the day, four munchkins would be humming that tune. And Dad, well, he was THE MAN!

When I saw that a new version of the movie was coming out on the big screen and in 3D no less, I knew we had to all go see it. Everyone is at least 7 years older and the experience and the lessons were quite different now.the_jungle_book_poster_key_art

There were jump scares, (as my son calls them) when the tiger (in 3D) jumps out and singing of course, but for me there was a profound lesson that wasn’t there in the old Disney classic cartoon version.

Without too much of a spoiler alert, I’ll share with you what I learned. You see, there is a time in the movie when the “Peace Rock” appears. When the peace rock shows up in the jungle, all the animals call a truce for survival. They can all come to the water at the same time, without fearing for their lives. It’s an honour code that everyone agrees to.

Shere Khan, the tiger with a grudge against, Mogli, the man cub, agrees to the peace rock rule, but warns that once the rains come and the peace rock is no longer visible, it’s game on and he will be coming for Mogli.

Here’s the thing. I thought long and hard about the Peace Rock concept. It’s a deal the animals made with each other for survival in desperate times, but not one they could or were necessarily willing to sustain for the long haul.

I realized I have a Peace Rock. I have made a truce with someone or even myself for a short period of time, to “survive” or alleviate some immediate pain, but I haven’t always been able or willing to sustain that “truce,” once the imminent danger was over.

You know, it may be little things like, losing 5 lbs for a vacation and not sustaining that eating and exercise schedule after the vacation is over, which may seem minor but could get bigger (no pun intended) if I didn’t change something consciously.

I often see Peace Rock signs when I look in the mirror or in the faces of clients. Signs, that they have surrendered to something for an extended period of time and perhaps unknowingly prolonged the famine. What do you do when your personal rains don’t seem to come, or you can’t recognize them to get back to your true nature?

What if you’re living like a wolf but you’re really a man cub because of the nature of your family dynamic growing up? Would you even know you were meant to think or behave differently, unless you knew what to look for?

I can tell you that if you are feeling off, stuck, disempowered or just tired and bored with your life and your circumstances, the way to begin to find answers is as plain as the nose on your face.

This is what I do. I help you transform and be who you were really meant to be in Peace Rock times and all others. I see your innate nature and guide you to be your best self and achieve your best life, like Baloo and Bagheera guided Mogli to be a man cub in the jungle instead of a wannabe wolf.

If you’re ready to see yourself through new eyes and discover your true nature, then let’s chat. I’m RIGHT HERE

 

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