8 Quotes by Alan Watts on Meditation and Enlightenment

Alan Watts - 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 play.

  • “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 play.”
  • “When we dance, the journey itself is the point, as when we play music the playing itself is the point. And exactly the same thing is true in meditation. Meditation is the discovery that the point of life is always arrived at in the immediate moment.”
  • “Just as true humor is laughter at oneself, true humanity is knowledge of oneself.”
  • “The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.”
  • “One is a great deal less anxious if one feels perfectly free to be anxious, and the same may be said of guilt.”
  • “Problems that remain persistently insoluble should always be suspected as questions asked in the wrong way.”
  • “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.”
  • “Really, the fundamental, ultimate mystery — the only thing you need to know to understand the deepest metaphysical secrets — is this: that for every outside there is an inside and for every inside there is an outside, and although they are different, they go together.”

– Alan Wilson Watts (1915-1973)

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4 thoughts on “8 Quotes by Alan Watts on Meditation and Enlightenment

  1. Gorgeous opening graphic as always. Apart from the first one, which is always awesome, my favourite one is: “Problems that remain persistently insoluble should always be suspected as questions asked in the wrong way.” Yep 🙂

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