Wednesday, November 12, 2014

WHATEVER CAN HAPPEN, WILL HAPPEN













Pic.: Vinita Mantri Gopal



Young Murph
: Dad, why did you and mom name me after something that's bad?
Cooper: Well, we didn't.
Young Murph: Murphy's Law?
Cooper: Murphy's Law doesn't mean that something bad will happen. It means that whatever can happen, will happen.



No matter I much I write every day – yes, on being positive in life – belly-laughing doesn’t come to me easily. Tension does. Worry does. Fear does…

“Come on Gerry,” I hear some of you telling me already, “don’t’ tell me that!”

My friend, I am telling you exactly that… That, I write everyday this stuff – on being positive, productive, good and giving in life – just because I want to beat my own blues all the time… Not only the blues, the blacks, the grays, the greens and those reds, too… God alone knows from which land do they come to tense my muscles, numb my heart and take the laughter out of my soul…

I panic easily… and, I am telling you the truth.

So, yesterday was a ‘bad’ day… In the morning I got into some nasty argument with someone… It spilled into my work… In addition, an uncertain outcome of a certain event was weighing down upon my heart with anxiety and irritation… and, leave alone laughter, even a simple smile was not coming to me easily…

But then, that is a very familiar territory of mine… and I do find my own ways to get out of the dark clouds… Happily, almost always, I do…

Around 4 in the evening, I called my wife and said, “Let’s watch Christopher Nolan’s space-movie, ‘Interstellar’. Everyone says it is great movie.”

Thus, we ended up watching the 7 p.m. show in the nearest multiplex….

Tension was slowly dying in me…

“The head was meant to perform ‘higher’ and more ‘nobler’ functions,” on Sunday, my Tai Chi teacher had told me, “Dan-tian, the place right below our naval, is our ‘second brain’. It is the most powerful point in human body… It helps the body align to its centre of gravity… And most of us are not aware of it. If we bring our attention to this place and let it perform our routine functions… like speaking, eating, working, studying, problem-solving, worrying and fearing... we will feel more centered, more at peace…. Mind will, then, be able to perform what it was meant for!”

Well, of late, I have been bringing my attention to that second brain which is housed right below my belly- button. Yes, it works wonders… Dissolves tension!


Inside the movie-hall, right in front of us, two young-girls were seated. They were doing exactly the opposite of what I was doing… They seemed to be cracking some wild jokes and causing riots of laughter in each other… so much so, that when we stood for the National Anthem, one of them could control herself; the other couldn’t…

The man next to me was itching to say something to her… I could sense his urge to ‘preach’ her a lesson or two on patriotism… I could, also, sense her urge to contain the laughing gas in her mouth… My attention went to my own dan-tian – the ‘chakra’, the wheel, right below my belly-button… and I was feeling happy, relaxed… a lot playful and silly like those young-girls…

“Jaya hai… Jaya hai… Jaya hai,” I was able to sing in true spirit… I could sense the victory over self...

“Why do You give me these ‘bad’ feelings – of worry, fear and tension?” Like the ten-year-old daughter asked her dad, in the movie, I, too, sometimes, ask God: “Why have parents named me after something that is bad – Murphy’s Law?”

“Murphy's Law doesn't mean that something bad will happen.” God, my Father, gives me the same answer, “It means that whatever can happen, will happen!”


There is a centre of gravity up there in the Universe… which holds all things together… and runs them smoothly…

There is a centre of gravity right down here below my belly-button… It holds all things together in my inner Universe… and runs them smoothly…

To laugh like those young-girls - in the thick of seriousness or call it tension or grumpiness - I know, I should laugh from there…

Yes, from ‘there’…


GERALD D’CUNHA


3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Inspiring post. Thank you Gerry

Gerald D'Cunha said...

Thanks dear. Love

Nilesh D'Mello said...

I have always believed in murphy's law; great post... Nilesh D'Mello