Why Your Life is Not a Journey
by Joe Martino
November 19, 2016
Life isn't a journey? I know what you're thinking. Context...
His words are all about context here
when it comes to the word journey. In a very wise way we can look at
life as a journey, and yet at the same time we can look at life as a
journey in a more 'negative' fashion like
Alan Watts brings forth in
It's all about what someone means when referring to the word as
opposed to simply the word.
That's why the key is to pay less
attention to specific words, and more attention to the underlying
theme and message that carries a profound meaning that can change
our perspective about many things.
Don't get caught up in getting to a destination while missing out on
what happens the entire way there. I've done this a lot in my life,
and it doesn't feel good the moment you realize how much you are
At the same time, the moment you realize
you are doing it, you gain a powerful lesson you would not have
internalized had you not done it.
Nothing happens by accident, we are here to learn.
But, be vigilant
with your lessons and internalize them.
It's how we will evolve and
move beyond the unconsciousness we live in now...
Some Profound Awakening Quotes from...
by Alexa Erickson
November 19, 2016
In the middle of yoga class the other day, sweaty, exhausted, and
holding a pose for what seemed an eternity, my teacher reminded me
of the wisdom of Alan Watts with a single quote that would
ultimately make me forget about the physical discomfort I was in,
and allow me to fully connect to the beauty of the moment at hand.
"The more a thing tends to be permanent, the more it tends to be
lifeless," she said.
The recitation reminded me in that moment that what I was feeling
was not permanent, and I was choosing to be there to be enlivened,
not lifeless. I wanted to feel, to sweat, to dig deeper mentally and
And so I let it happen, and suddenly the moment was
exactly what I wanted it to be.
Alan Wilson Watts was a British philosopher, writer, and speaker,
best known for his interpretation and popularization of Asian
philosophies for the Western minds.
His more than 25 books (like 'The Joyous Cosmology')
various articles spanned sensational subjects, including,
Perhaps the most profound part of Watts was that he had the
incredible ability of expressing complex thoughts in the simplest of
Here is a glimpse into some of his most awakening quotes:
"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
"We do not 'come into' this
world; we come out of it, as leaves from a tree."
"No one is more dangerously
insane than one who is sane all the time: he is like a steel
bridge without flexibility, and the order of his life is
rigid and brittle."
"Without birth and death, and without the perpetual transmutation
of all the forms of life, the world would be static, rhythm-less, undancing,
"What we have forgotten is that
thoughts and words are conventions, and that it is fatal to
take conventions too seriously. A convention is a social
convenience, as, for example, money… but it is absurd to
take money too seriously, to confuse it with real wealth…
In somewhat the same way,
thoughts, ideas and words are 'coins' for real things."
"The source of all light is in
"Just as true humor is laughter
at oneself, true humanity is knowledge of oneself."
"Peace can be made only by those
who are peaceful, and love can be shown only by those who
No work of love will flourish
out of guilt, fear, or hollowness of heart, just as no valid
plans for the future can be made by those who have no
capacity for living now."
"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, realize it is
"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."
"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."
"The only way to make sense out
of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the
"There will always be suffering.
But we must not suffer over the suffering."
"To put is still more plainly:
the desire for security and the feeling of insecurity are
the same thing. To hold your breath is to lose your breath.
A society based on the quest for
security is nothing but a breath-retention contest in which
everyone is as taut as a drum and as purple as a beet."
"Faith is a state of openness or
trust. To have faith is to trust yourself to the water.
When you swim you don't grab
hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and
drown. Instead you relax, and float. And the attitude of
faith is the very opposite of clinging to belief, of holding
In other words, a person who is
fanatic in matters of religion, and clings to certain ideas
about the nature of God and the universe, becomes a person
who has no faith at all. Instead they are holding tight.
But the attitude of faith is to
let go, and become open to truth, whatever it might turn out