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Bony Bony Rock

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On the recommendation of an acquaintance, I recently started seeing an osteopathic physician.

At first the idea didn’t sound attractive to me, but lately I’ve felt generally out of sorts and decided to go just to try it out. Going was definitely the right choice. When I found out that all my aches and pains were caused by my pelvis and spine not lining up properly, I actually felt relieved to think that humans are such simple creatures. According to what I was told, mental unrest, such as vague feelings of unease and hopelessness, are in some cases actually caused by nothing more than misaligned bones. Doesn’t that suddenly make our keen worrying and depression seem rather nonsensical? So that’s it—it’s your bones’ fault!

Now, since I’m starting the new year with this kind of entry right off the bat, some of you might worry that I’m ill, depressed, or on the brink of death, but you can rest assured that’s not the case at all. What I’m trying to say is that maybe the problems we carry are in fact very straightforward. If a single bone can change even your feelings, and everything came about just by returning everything to where it should be, that means the solution was already within you. Thinking about that is kind of amusing, kind of funny, and kind of weird, don’t you think?

Recently a lot has been going on in the world, and it may be that in the future terrible things will continue to happen. I doubt the blame for this rests with any single person, and it doesn’t feel like the vast workings of something like fate. Rather, I sense that it’s possible that everyone shares a desire to find happiness, and that these desires come into conflict with each other.

I also admit to wanting to find happiness. I try to catch small doses of it when I shop for clothes, go to parties, and spend hours on the phone. I never reach the end of the list of things I want, and when I get something I long for something else right away. I suppose everyone is like this—searching for happiness outside themselves.

In recent times everything has become uncertain, and no longer can we elegantly explain the meanings held by words like love, strength, and peace. These things that at first we had put our trust in are actually in reality quite vague, and that they’re built on top of a shaky foundation is all too clear. With the times such as they are, it makes me want to shout:

Get thee to an osteopath!!

The answer you seek might just be within you.

Looking forward as always to your support this year,


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