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 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 can seem scary.

As Alan Watts describes, our natural response to this 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 done 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 do this we gain extra energy — the energy we had been using to try to hold on and control things.

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

And when we are living through a time of change, having more energy and enthusiasm is what make us likely to succeed in whatever it is we are working to create.

And then the future becomes solid again — because we are working to create it.

In this imperfect world we happen to have been born into, our best way forward is to choose the future we most want to create and do the best we can to create it.

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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