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
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.