I have just watched The Jungle Book with my children, the first time I have seen it as an adult. Having always loved the film as a child it holds lovely memories for me, being happy receiving a Disney vinyl album as my main Christmas present in the 70’s, sitting in my dining room listening to every one of the classic Disney songs, and especially loving Baloo singing the “Bare Necessities” and then memorising every word.
Listening to that song tonight I realised that Baloo was actually a genius, not the simple,loveable oaf that he is portrayed in the film. He speaks such sense that the dear bear needs to be revered as a father of Mindfulness, a champion of being satisfied with what you have, of truly living in the moment. Just like that other portly bear Winnie-The-Pooh, Baloo speaks an awful lot of sense under that buffoon exterior.
To quote part of the song:
“Don’t spend your time lookin’ around
For something you want that can’t be found
When you find out you can live without it
And go along not thinking about it
I’ll tell you something true
The bare necessities of life will come to you”.
Never a truer word was spoken by that wonderful bear.
We need to stop waiting to be happy, looking for the next thrill or the means to come by it.
If only we could be content living with what we have right now, we could forget our worries and our strife, and simply live for today, not next week or next year.
Baloo I salute you. This is what mindfulness is all about. The modern world we live in has made people forget to relax. People are forever comparing themselves to others, especially the younger generation in the world of Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook.
There is far too much pressure to be perfect, to strive for more and look for unrealistic ways to be happier. Baloo didn’t think like that,he was big and silly and absolutely loved every minute of life.
So please take a leaf out of his book and never forget that You are amazing. You are wonderful. Your life is what you make it.
Let’s all adopt the attitude of Baloo, and truly appreciate the bare necessities of life.