Alan Wilson Watts was a British philosopher, writer, and speaker, best known as an interpreter and populariser of Eastern philosophy for a Western audience. Wikipedia
The Wisdom of Insecurity
By Alan W. Watts
“An exploration of man’s quest for psychological security and spiritual certainty in religion and philosophy.”
“This book has changed my life. For anyone that has experienced depression and anxiety, this book explains the evolutionary reason for these emotions. Ultimately the books criticizes man for misusing his anxiety. We have become too anxious over stimuli that is all too trivial. The human animal has developed anxiety for his survival, but he now experiences anxiety that detrimentally affects his survival.”Amazon Reviews
We live in an age of unprecedented anxiety. Spending all our time trying to anticipate and plan for the future and to lamenting the past, we forget to embrace the here and now. We are so concerned with tomorrow that we forget to enjoy today. Drawing from Eastern philoso...
In his definitive introduction to Zen Buddhism, Alan Watts explains the principles and practices of this ancient religion to Western readers. With a rare combination of freshness and lucidity, he delves into the origins and history of Zen to explain what it means for th...
In The Book, Alan Watts provides us with a much-needed answer to the problem of personal identity, distilling and adapting the Hindu philosophy of Vedanta. At the root of human conflict is our fundamental misunderstanding of who we are. The illusion that we are isolat...
"Life exists only at this very moment, and in this moment it is infinite and eternal. For the present moment is infinitely small; before we can measure it, it has gone, and yet it exists forever. . . . You may believe yourself out of harmony with life and its eternal No...
It is in the present and only in the present that you live. There is no other reality than present reality.
No valid plans for the future can be made by those who have no capacity for living now.
The attitude of faith is the very opposite of clinging to belief, of holding on.
The hallucination of being a separate ego will not stand up to biological tests.
The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.
The past and future are real illusions, that they exist in the present, which is what there is and all there is.