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Alan Watts Free Inspirational Quotes

by Steve M Nash
(Halifax, West Yorkshire (England))

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Alan Watts wonders...

"Life is not a problem to be solved, nor a question to be answered. Life is a mystery to be experienced."

Listen to my thoughts about Alan Watt's inspirational quote in the video below. You'll also discover a bit more about a favourite part of West Yorkshire, this time the Halifax Piece Hall, in, er, Halifax.

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What I Wonder...

(NOTE: Yes, I wrote any captions you see in this video. It's called self-deprecation, and it's mostly a healthy thing (I think!).)

So, as I said in the video, I'm not sure I live by the words of Alan Watts but I very much would like to, that's for sure.

Yes, too often I consume myself, my mind, with the latest 'thing' I didn't do as well as I might have. Maybe it's a relationship problem, or maybe I'm procrastinating again, or maybe my dreaded shyness (fear of failure, self-sabotage...) has kicked in again.

And the truth is, no matter how hard I try to do just everything right, to be confident or funny when meeting someone new, or to be bold when I want to flee, life isn't like that.

Everyone has ups, and everyone has downs.

And as soon as we fully accept that, embrace it as a FACT of our lives, then maybe we can give ourselves (and others) a bit of slack.

Maybe we can let them make mistakes, let ourselvs make mistakes.

Maybe, much more importantly, we stop noticing mistakes altogether, or stop thinking of them as mistakes. Maybe we do as Alan Watts suggests and marvel at the experience of life - marvel at the ups and the downs

And maybe *that's* the whole problem with self-help, and with trying to fix things! Life isn't really about solving your problems, or making things better. It really is about enjoying each and every moment as if it were brand new (which, of course, it is).

And if a few women walk past trying to embarass me in front of the camera by saying a word (that at least sounds) like "vagina" then so be it. It is only a word after all lol. (A word that embarasses me, yes - in front of a camera or not, but so does the word 'penis'! I really need to get out more...)

So thank you very much Alan Watts (Rest In Peace) for sharing your wisdom with us.

And, as for you, I'd love to hear your wisdom, your thoughts, regarding this Alan Watts quotation too... :-)

Thanks for reading,

PS And here are two more free inspirational quotes from Alan Watts

"Things are as they are. Looking out into it the universe at night, we make no comparisons between right and wrong stars, nor between well and badly arranged constellations."

"I have realized that the past and future are real illusions, that they exist in the present, which is what there is and all there is."

PPS Now please comment, please have your say - thanks.

Comments for Alan Watts Free Inspirational Quotes

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Nov 12, 2010
Was it my ears, or...
by: Steve

did those women really say the Vagina word as they passed by me filming?

Don't they know I'm 'delicate' about such things! Lol

Seriously, would love to hear what you think about Alan Watt's inspirational quote!


Nov 18, 2010
Life is Experienced
by: sandra

I liked your video and I think the women walking by and unexpectedly (I guess...) talking about vaginas and your perception is that they think you are talking to yourself is illustrative of "life"; you never really know what is going on from moment to moment so in it's essence life must be "experienced".

It is only when we use our "mind" we seem to be focused more on fixing what has happened in the past or speculating what to do in the future.

Try going a whole day without planning and taking in what happens each moment and then "experiencing" or allowing the moment rather than "judging" it and you will find this refreshing.

I'm not sure if you've heard of Burt Harding (google him on you tube). He explains what you call "experience" as "being". Several of his videos talk about we are "humans" trying to "be". Thus, we are humans trying to 'being".

By being he means allowing what is in the moment.

Thank you for taking the time to make this video. I'd love to see more.

Nov 19, 2010
Thank you, Sandra
by: Steve


Thank you VERY much for your perceptive comments about my experience of filming a video, and how *I* perceive what's happening around me to be about me.

Me as the centre of the universe, sort of.

This is great that you've noticed what I was doing here, and I certainly had not noticed it myself. And the next time I'm worrying (or in my mind) about what I'm doing (and what people might be thinking) when I shoot one of these videos I WILL take notice.

Can't wait to film this experience, actually.

As for the daily task of "going a whole day without planning and taking in what happens each moment" I was actually doing that, or meant to be doing it, for a whole week - to do as Osho suggested and think of life as a movie.

Guess it's harder to do than it looks. MUCH harder!

Thank you again, Sandra, anyway.

As for watching more of my videos...

Well you can do that via the Self Help Collective YouTube channel or by subscribing to my Weekly Wonder newsletter!

My videos/newsletters are mostly focussed on self-help. But 'spirituality' sneaks its head in there, now and again - how can it not!


Nov 23, 2010
It's good when you make mistakes...
by: sandra

You're welcome.

Funny you brought up OSHO; I'm reading his book on "Creativity: unleashing the forces within" and it is phenomenal.

In response to your comment about your video process - Osho says in "Creativity":

"Remember, a creative person always goes on trying the wrong ways. If you always follow the right way to do a thing you will never be creative-because the right way means the way discovered by others."

Isn't this deep?

Got to go and do some things incorrectly (smile)

Take care now.

Nov 28, 2010
Life is a mystery to be discovered
by: sandra

oops...back to Alan. I got carried away with OSHO.

Alan has nailed it. Life is not about fixing things because anything we fix is in the past or a perception of something to come in the future.

All we have is "now".

So many self help philosophies focus on "fixing" things and preparing for "......" (you name it).

The more wisdom from experiences I receive I always end up back to square one. What is it that is going on NOW. Am I able to fully embrace what is this moment, or does my mind go into "plan", "worry", or fear mode, which are all based in anything but the present moment.

What is refreshing about "now" is that it is changing yet still the same. This is where everything is happening. Why would I want to go elsewhere?

" I have realized that the past and future are real illusions, that they exist in the present, which is what there is and all there is. "
Alan Watts

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