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5 spiritual lessons we learned from Mary Poppins Returns

Mary Poppins Returns is the much-awaited sequel to the classic 1964 musical by Walt Disney.  The new film features original music by Marc Shaiman and is riddled with wonderful messages and spiritual truths for children and adults alike, many of these truths buried in the song lyrics.  Let’s have a closer look at some of the spiritual lessons we learned in Mary Poppins Returns.

1) Don’t take life too seriously

As adults, we become engulfed in the seriousness of life, whether it’s our obsession with work and making money or perhaps even our personal relationships which we work so hard to maintain.  Even children today are growing up too quickly, and losing touch with the magic of childhood at a very young age. Mary Poppins serves as a reminder that life shouldn’t be taken too seriously, we are here to have a good time, and are never too old to give in to imagination.

In “Can You Imagine That?” Mary Poppins and the children literally “dive” right into imagination.  Why not wear that silly hat if it makes you smile, or go on that adventure?  At the end of the day, it’s the fun times that you will remember in life, not how much money you managed to save.  So take a risk, try something new, and don’t take life too seriously.

Inspired lyric:  “So, perhaps we’ve learned when day is done, some stuff and nonsense could be fun.”
Inspiring quote:  “Life isn’t as serious as the mind makes it out to be.” – Eckhart Tolle

2) Life is a reflection of our thoughts

Our physical reality is built from the thoughts we have about it.  Our thoughts lead to words, which lead to action.  Mary Poppins reminds us that happiness starts from within, and when you believe in yourself and fill your day with positive thinking, that happiness is reflected back into your reality.

“The magic inside the balloon” in the song “Nowhere To Go But Up” refers to the magic inside of yourself.  Fill your balloon with fear, sadness and hate and you will continue to sink.  Fill it with magic, wonder and love and there will be nowhere to go but up.

Inspired lyric: “All this bobbing and weaving comes from believing the magic inside the balloon.”
Inspired quote:  “With our thoughts, we make the world.” – Buddha

3) See things from a different perspective

One fundamental message in “Mary Poppins Returns” is that we are creators in our universe, and always have a choice to change the reality that we are living.  In “Trip A Little Light Fantastic” Jack sings about our choice to either embrace the gloom or live in the light.  Sometimes choosing the light involves seeing things from a new perspective, even if that perspective might seem a little bizarre to other people (such as the “lery” speak).

The song “Turning Turtle” illustrates how changing how you feel about a situation can change the situation itself.  Wednesday’s used to be Topsy’s least favourite day of the week where everything would go wrong, until one day she flipped upside down and saw things from a new perspective.  Now Wednesday’s are her most favourite day.  This can be seen as a metaphor for any of life’s problems;  if you can’t change a situation, instead change the way you think about it, and soon the situation itself will change too.

Inspired lyric: “When you’re alone in your room, your choice is just embrace the gloom, or you can trip a little light fantastic with me.”
Inspiring quote:  “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” – Wayne Dyer

4) The only moment that matters is the present

One of the messages explored in Mary Poppins Returns is the truth that the only moment that matters is the present. The past is merely a memory and should not affect how you feel today, and the future is a dream that is constantly shifting with our energy and thoughts. Why not treat your present moment like the gift it is, rather than try to escape it?

The opening tune “(Underneath the) Lovely London Sky” is about grounding yourself in the now, and filling your life with love and gratitude. Sometimes you aren’t able to see the miracles that are in your everyday life when you are so attached to some future goal or desire. The truth is that no moment is ever permanent – the bad times eventually pass just as the good times – so make the most of life, forgive easily, and love with an open heart.

Inspired lyric: “So hold on tight to those you love, and maybe soon from up above, you’ll be blessed so keep on looking high.”
Inspiring quote:  “Realise deeply that the present moment is all you will ever have.” – Eckhart Tolle

5) Death is only a temporary goodbye, for our soul never dies but lives on forever

Anyone who has had someone close to them pass away will resonate with the pain felt by Michael and his children, whose wife/mother died prior to the events of the film. Mary Poppins sings the beautiful lullaby “The Place Where Lost Things Go” as a gentle reminder that although your loved one is no longer with you on earth, they are still very much with you in spirit – they are simply on another plane of existence.

The truth behind this song is that as spiritual beings, we never die. It is not possible for our spirit to die as we are immortal. Our time as humans on earth was always meant to be a temporary experience, and when we awaken to the truth that we are so much more than our earthly bodies, and open our eyes to the role we play in a universe of unlimited love and creation, death no longer becomes something to fear.

So for those who are currently experiencing the pain of losing a loved one, take comfort in the knowing that they are never truly gone, but have simply moved onto another plane of existence. Oneday you shall be reunited in spirit, but in the meantime, you can close your eyes, think of them, and feel their presence. They are never far away.

Inspired lyric: “Nothing’s really left, or lost without a trace. Nothing’s gone forever, only out of place.”
Inspiring quote:  “Choose to see death as simply removing a garment or moving from one room to another… it’s merely a transition.” – Wayne Dyer

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