Had gorgeous weather for a couple of days this week; grabbed my chance and went for a walk on Tuesday. Decided to take a slight detour and walked part of the way through the wooded area by the golf course, just 10 minutes away from home.
As it’s been some time since I’ve shared quotes, here are some insightful sayings by Alan Watts that not only make you think but which are also surprisingly simple and obvious.
‘The meaning of life is just to be alive. It is so plain and so obvious and so simple. And yet, everybody rushes around in a great panic as if it were necessary to achieve something beyond themselves.’
‘Just as true humour is laughter at oneself, true humanity is knowledge of oneself.’
‘The art of living… is neither careless drifting on the one hand nor fearful clinging to the past on the other. It consists in being sensitive to each moment, in regarding it as utterly new and unique, in having the mind open and wholly receptive.’
‘Zen does not confuse spirituality with thinking about God while one is peeling potatoes. Zen spirituality is just to peel the potatoes.’
‘The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.’
‘This is the real secret of life – to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realise it is play.’
‘Things are as they are. Looking out into the universe at night, we make no comparisons between right and wrong stars, nor between well and badly arranged constellations.’
‘What I am really saying is that you don’t need to do anything, because if you see yourself in the correct way, you are all as much extraordinary phenomenon of nature as trees, clouds, the patterns in running water, the flickering of fire, the arrangement of the stars, and the form of a galaxy. You are all just like that, and there is nothing wrong with you at all.’