Happy For No Reason
Today's Tuesday Tune is:
Drown in the Now - The Crystal Method featuring Matisyahu
My good friend Hillene has turned me on to this new concept called "Happy For No Reason." It has become my new mantra; the blueprint for a perfect life. If I think back into the depths of my meek little existence, the happiest of all happy moments involved living in the now and being happy, just because.
Happy For No Reason.
There's this new-age term going around. It's called Presence or Being Present. Basically, it's a concise way of saying that you're soaking in what's happening NOW. Not what you're about to do. Not what you did last week. Not even what you did five minutes ago. It's about living in the present.
Speaking of present, I'm presently reading this book called Healing Back Pain. It's my fourth reading. (I do readings for birthday parties if you're interested. I bring balloons and make spines out of 'em too. When one of the spine balloons pops, all in attendance must hobble around grabbing the lower back.)
This Healing Back Pain book focuses on back pain (duh!) Specifically, this Dr. Sarno guy believes that back pain is a direct result of repressed anxiety and anger. Sounds like hocus pocus right? Well, mostly and mostly not. Physiologically, he says that repressed anxiety and anger causes a lack of oxygen to the back. If you lose oxygen in the back, you're going to "throw it" or "kink it." Hurts real bad.
Just so you know, I buy it. The theory, that is. I even hand out copies to others in hopes to spread the Healing Back Pain word.
Here's what Sarno has to say about Anxiety (page 37):
"Anxiety is a uniquely human phenomenon, closely related to fear but much more sophisticated, for it is rooted in a capacity animals do not possess--the ability to anticipate. Anxiety arises in response to the perception of danger and is logical unless the perception is illogical, as is often the case. The anxious person tends to anticipate danger, often where there is little or none."
As illustrated above, Anxiety is Anticipation (alliteration!) If we don't anticipate what might happen, we are living in the present or being present. Anxiety is the opposite of presence. Anxiety is impossible when you're living in the now and being present.
So to keep my anxiety at a lull, please send me presents. Or presence, whatever.
Drown in the Now dudes!