Mindful Groove of Jessie J’s Price Tag

“He who knows that enough is enough will always have enough.”– Lao Tzu

Today was sunny, not warm but pleasant, and it got even better when Price Tag, one of my current favorite songs came on; it was number 1 in the UK in February and it’s grooving its way into US consciousness.

It’s a catchy joyful anthem by  Jessie J featuring B.o.B., one of my very favorite wordsmiths, that infuses zen-like mindfulness and oozes a little positivity into the day.

We know that it’s costing more and more these days to get our basic needs met, and money is crucial for a certain quality of life, but the commodification of everything (and everybody?) and overly-mercenary dealings is succinctly stated in the song right away:

Seems like everybody’s got a price,
I wonder how they sleep at night.

When the sale comes first,

And the truth comes second,
Just stop, for a minute and

Smile

So then, why not relax and enjoy– it’s so obvious that it makes perfect sense. It’s not important to be pretentious and uptight like those facacta Real Housewives who wear evening gowns around the house; we gotta get real:

Why is everybody so serious
Acting so damn mysterious
Got your shades on your eyes
And your heels so high
That you can’t even have a good time.

It’s an anthem to heal our collective karma; from a collective action or approach we can shift the our cultural values and maybe even the energy of the universe. Perhaps the corporations and those holding a great deal of wealth can tighten their belts, loosen their grip, and jam out to the bohemian chorus:

It’s not about the money, money, money
We don’t need your money, money, money
We just wanna make the world dance,
Forget about the Price Tag
Ain’t about the

Cha-Ching Cha-Ching.
Aint about the

Ba-Bling Ba-Bling
Wanna make the world dance,
Forget about the Price Tag

Sadly, there are lots of folks who will just never get the message. Most of us don’t have the luxury to not get that message. We’re slogging away and are genuinely concerned about money – specifically a lack thereof.

Knowing that money is tight can inhibit one’s spontaneity at times and can definitely impinge on the ability to make certain choices about things. If you have kids, they pick up on this too, and can have those flashes where they feel like they are burdensome; no good can come from that. We must always provide presence and authenticity not only provide materially and monetarily.

And as hard as it is, we do just have to relax, be mindful of how we spend, be mindful to enjoy who and what we have. Sometimes the most subversive thing anybody can do is just dance and not relinquish our power to be happy. The only thing that ever makes sense is to acknowledge the suffering, but not to become the suffering– as says the ancient zen saying, “Move and the way will open.” So move:

We need to take it back in time,
When music made us all unite
And it wasn’t low blows and video hoes,
Am I the only one getting tired
Why is everybody so obsessed
Money can’t buy us happiness
Can we all slow down and enjoy right now
Guarantee we’ll be feeling Alright.

As challenging as it can be, it is the most obvious.  In the words of the Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh,

“Live the actual moment; only this moment is life.”

Wanna make the world dance,
Forget about the Price Tag

just stop for a minute and smile.  enjoy your day.

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One thought on “Mindful Groove of Jessie J’s Price Tag

  1. Couldnt agree more…I am surrounded everyday by the pricetag. Id love to just roll out of bed relaxed and cross things off my “want to do list”. Unfortunetly, I am stuck getting pulled in so many directions I forget who I am. I think I need to start wearing a name tag. lol 🙂 Take care love your writing….Kendra

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