after the short video with excerpt from the Alan Watts famous speech, we decided to share with you this half an hour video with a words of wisdom of this great man
enjoy Alan Watts – A Conversation With Myself
A philosophically oriented remix of the late Eastern Philosopher Alan Watts’ 1971 special “A Conversation With Myself” combined with visuals from the great art film “Baraka”.
The wind is blowing
The trees are waving
Your nerves are tingling
The individual and the universe
But the curious thing is
Very few people are aware of it
Everything in nature
Depends on everything else
So it’s interconnected
We confuse ourselves as living organisms which are one with this whole universe
With something we call our personality
And what is our personality?
And our fundamental self is not something just inside the skin
It’s everything around us with which we connect
When you look out of your eyes
At nature happening out there
You’re looking at you
That’s the real you-
The you that goes on of itself
It’s absolutely necessary
That we let go of ourselves- and it can’t be done,
Not by anything that we call doing it, acting, willing,
Or even just accepting things
It seems that the human being
Really has a very simple kind of mind
Nature is wiggly
And all this wiggliness is too complicated
here below we will provide some of citations from it, please read the full article if to have a full understanding
the snake is wise. the snake is unforgiving. understand this to prepare for the year of the snake. the snake is the most complex force in the 12-year zodiac cycle and its year presents as “unsettled”, at best. while history tells us the snake year has never been tranquil, it can be well spent in reflection, planning and in contemplation of long-sought solutions.
review your plans and actions in anticipation of the unexpected. hone your insights. settle differences or conflicts, if you can.
the snake prepares us for shake-ups in old realities that open the way for forward movement, refreshed understanding and growth. as the snake sheds its skin, we are invited to release old thinking that has blocked growth and progress. this is a year with the energy to inspire newfound ambition to achieve great things.
the snake is transcendental in its capacity for spiritual healing of the individual, as well as the community. it seeks peace through recalibration of the karmic balance, understanding the mistrust born of chaos in which the world finds itself.
be a good friend
follow your dreams
find a passion & pursue it
be good to yourself
laugh every day
fall in love
live happily ever after
listen to your heart
make a difference
create your own happiness
life is what’s happening while we are busy making other plans (c) john lenon (the beatles)
the four noble truths
1. life is suffering;
2. suffering is due to attachment;
3. attachment can be overcome;
4. there is a path for accomplishing this.
1. suffering is perhaps the most common translation for the sanskrit word duhkha, which can also be translated as imperfect, stressful, or filled with anguish.
contributing to the anguish is anitya — the fact that all things are impermanent, including living things like ourselves.
furthermore, there is the concept of anatman — literally, “no soul”. anatman means that all things are interconnected and interdependent, so that no thing — including ourselves — has a separate existence.
2. attachment is a common translation for the word trishna, which literally means thirst and is also translated as desire, clinging, greed, craving, or lust. because we and the world are imperfect, impermanent, and not separate, we are forever “clinging” to things, each other, and ourselves, in a mistaken effort at permanence.
besides trishna, there is dvesha, which means avoidance or hatred. hatred is its own kind of clinging.
and finally there is avidya, ignorance or the refusal to see. not fully understanding the impermanence of things is what leads us to cling in the first place.
3. perhaps the most misunderstood term in buddhism is the one which refers to the overcoming of attachment: nirvana. it literally means “blowing out,” but is often thought to refer to either a buddhist heaven or complete nothingness. actually, it refers to the letting go of clinging, hatred, and ignorance, and the full acceptance of imperfection, impermanence, and interconnectedness.
4. and then there is the path, called dharma. buddha called it the middle way, which is understood as meaning the middle way between such competing philosophies as materialism and idealism, or hedonism and asceticism. this path, this middle way, is elaborated as the eightfold path.