Yesterday Brian came home from work with a movie his coworker loaned him. Brian loves movies, but this was not his usual fare. We were looking forward to something different, and we got it.
What the #$*! do We Know? starts out explaining the mystery of quantum physics. It alternates between talking scientist heads, and a narrative starring Marlee Matlin. I always love her acting. She is especially expressive I think because she doesn’t rely on just words to convey her feelings.
Throughout the film, I was amazed at how much of this science was reinforcing the Buddhist ideas I have learned, especially in these ways:
1. We are healthier if we practice equanimity, experiencing our emotions honestly, but not being attached to them.
2. Meditation makes a difference not in just in our minds, but to the world around us.
3. Particle physics breaks down the distinction between what we see (incorrectly) as separate people and things. We really are all indistinct waves in the same ocean of drops of water.
I thought the movie relied a little too much on the romantic pronunciations of a mystical shaman-type woman who was recycling Buddhist concepts in west-coast new age language. But overall “What the…” had a profound message that I was very ready for. I have been feeling like it’s been too long since I have been on a spiritual retreat, and this film was like the dharma talk that teachers often share on a retreat. I’m thinking about buying it so I can make myself watch it periodically to reset my unhealthy brain patterns and get re-focused.
This also reinforced my existing plan to start meditating more often again. Hopefully I’ll get to the Zen Center this Sunday.