Alan Watts — realising there is nothing to hold on to sets you free

Alan Watts Knowing who you are

For people who like to go a little deeper, this short video of Alan Watts explores some of the philosophy that underpins The Churning’s approach to Inner Leadership and antifragility.

We are living through a time of change: the world we once knew is disappearing fast and we don’t know what will take its place. At times this might seem scary.

In that case, as Alan Watts describes, our natural response can be to try to hold on to the past: to try to control people and things so we can keep things the way they used to be.

But everything is changing, all the timeand always has and always will. And when we realise this it frees us to let go — because we realise there is nothing to hold on to!

And when we allow ourselves to do this then we gain extra energy — the energy we had been using to try to hold on and control things.

And if we choose instead to create a future that inspires us then we gain even more energy.

And when we are living through a time of change, having more energy and more inspiration to achieve what matters most will make us more likely to succeed.

And then our future becomes solid again — because we know what we want to create and we have the energy and inspiration to create it.

In this imperfect world we happen to have been born into, this is our best way forward.

Inner Leadership is a framework and a set of tools for achieving this.


Adapted from Inner Leadership: a framework and tools for building inspiration in times of change.

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