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 talk by Alan Watts explores some of the philosophy behind The Churning’s approach to Inner Leadership and becoming antifragile.

We are living through a time of change. The world we knew is disappearing fast and we don’t yet know what will take its place.

At times this can seem scary. And our natural response, as Alan Watts describes, can be to hold on to the past: to try to control people and things to keep things like they used to be.

But everything is changing, all the time, and it always has and it always will.

Realising this frees us to let go because we realise that there is nothing to hold.

Then we gain extra energy: the energy we had been using to hold on and try to control things. Then we can use that energy to create a future that inspires us.

Doing that brings us even more energy. And that makes us antifragile.

In a time of change we cannot hold on to the past. What we can do instead is to have a clear vision of the future we want to create and then inspire ourselves and others to long to make it happen.

This gives us something solid to hold on to.


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

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