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Do This Now – The Anatomy of Happiness – Part II

Written by Philip Walter on Nov 23 at 9:47 am.

Do This Now - The Anatomy of Happiness - an audio series from

You, me, or perhaps your mother, from the perspective of a bubble chamber.

At long last, here’s Part 2 of my ongoing series of conversations with my longtime friend and yoga teacher, Matt Krepps, about the nature of happiness. This part is called, “Macro vs. Micro: The Lessons of Modern Physics.” Below is a point-by-point outline of our discussion:

  • Overview of the perspectives of modern and classical physics
  • A thought experiment – Schrodinger’s Cat
  • J.J. Abrams’ Mystery Box and the creative collapse of the wavefunction
  • Another thought experiment – The Levitating Camera
  • The Yamas as a description of Awareness (your True Nature)

I actually got my “production guy” shit together on this one, so the sound quality is far superior to Part I. I must warn you, however, we come across a bit schizophrenic at times. Sometimes we speak as the True Self, other times as the small self. Sometimes we address the True Self in you, other times we address your small self. Either way, there’s a lot of great info packed in here. I hope you enjoy listening, and as always, please ask any questions you might have below.

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Click here to download the audio file to your computer, or use the player below. Part II runs about an hour in length, so get comfy. As always, your comments are encouraged. And if you like what you hear, don’t forget to subscribe to the blog either by rss or e-mail, so you won’t miss the next installment of this informative audio series.

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PS – Here’s your Moment of Zen from this installment: Matt blowing his own mind with the following words of profundity, and my rudely moving on without acknowledging them to get to my thought experiment … that’s why he’s the teacher, and I am but the padouin.

“I am not inside this body looking out. This body is inside me. I am not in the world. The world in inside Me. Nothing has ever existed apart from the Awareness that creates matt. The I Am. The basic Thing that cannot not be … The Being [as a verb] that knows Itself, that wants to be.”

How Big is Your Mystery Box?

Written by Philip Walter on Nov 7 at 6:12 pm.

J.J. Abrams, the mystery box, and the secret to personal development

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I was recently turned on to J.J. Abrams’ talk at about the appeal of mystery. He is of course the creative genius behind such enormously popular projects as Alias, Lost and the movie, Cloverfield. If you have 18 minutes to spare, you’ll thank yourself for following this link and checking it out.

My favorite moment is when Abrams busts out the Mystery Box, an intriguing little item from his childhood that has somehow remained unopened to this day, and declares, “Mystery is the catalyst for imagination.” His basic premise is that the unopened box, the Mystery Box, is a symbol for human potential, and that the result of potentiality is spontaneous, creative expression. He relates this in a very entertaining way to his work in TV and film, and I find that it relates also to my work in integral fitness coaching and flow recovery.

I sometimes refer to this work as flow un-covery, because what we do is not so much finding something outside ourselves as it is uncovering the Truth within ourselves. One of my mentors, the original flow coach, Scott Sonnon, remarks in his book, Prasara Yoga: Flow Beyond Thought, that flow is our natural state, our Essential Nature. It is what remains once we “burn away the slag that is our fears.” (p. 59)

So where do these fears come from? And what do they accomplish?

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