I think I’m going to call my 2020, my Octopus year. Octopus has been calling to me in many ways; someone will gift a book to me about octopus, someone will email me to tell me about the film My Octopus Teacher or send me a Facebook message. I’ll see signs when I’m out, and I kid you not, this afternoon my doorbell rang and when I opened the door there’s a man sporting a t-shirt with ‘Octopus energy’ and a cute pink octopus logo. Ok, I get it!
I keep recalling the octopus I saw with my very own eyes only a metre or so away when I was facilitating my Cetacean Retreat in Hawaii back in March. That glimpse of her triggered the beginning of my Octopus year. I’m open to Octopus teaching me and will be entering into communication with them for my own personal growth.
Last night, after another prompting email (thank you Sue H. for that!) I sat down and enjoyed a moving and touching film by Craig Foster who dedicated his time to get to know and understand an octopus – My Octopus Teacher.
It is so engaging, very gentle and insightful. It will enrich your life as you immerse yourself in the octopus’ ocean world. I’m still feeling my way with it now and know I’ll be watching it again soon.
I just wanted to let you know it’s out there for you to enjoy too in case you’ve not heard of it. I hope you’ll watch because by the end of the film you realise it’s not only about an octopus, it’s about so much more.
I can’t recommend it highly enough, both for the breathtaking underwater footage and – most importantly – for the compelling lesson of love for the wonders of nature. What Craig has done is create a new movement of ’emotion ecology’ where people feel a meaningful connection to wild places and the animals that live in them.
I know you can watch it on NetFlix, but maybe there are other platforms too.
You are going to be so grateful you watched it.
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