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

Alan Watts Knowing who you are

For those who like to go a little deeper, this short video of Alan Watts explores some of the philosophical underpinnings of The Churning’s approach to Inner Leadership.

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 can seem scary.

The natural response, as Alan Watts describes, is to try to hold on to the past: to control other people and things so we can keep things the way they were.

But when we realise that everything is changing, all the timeand always has and always willit frees us to let go — because we realise there is nothing to hold on to!

When we let go like this we gain extra energy — the energy we had been using to try to hold on and control things.

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

When we are living through a time of change, our best option is to choose the future we most want to create and do the best we can to create it, in the imperfect world we happen to have been born into.

The enthusiasm and emotional engagement we gain make us more likely to achieve our goals.

And if we are inspired and engaged at work, the organisations we work in will become more successful.

And if those organisations encourage their people to find what most engages and inspires them then we create a generative, hyper-sustainable world.

Inner Leadership provides the tools and framework to do this.

The work of Alan Watts provides part of the foundation.


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

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