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 once knew is disappearing fast and we don’t yet know what will take its place. At times this can seem scary.

As Alan Watts describes, our natural response is to try to hold on to the past: to attempt to control people and things to keep things like they used to be.

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

And when we realise this it frees us to let go — because we know that there is nothing to hold on to!

And when we do this then we gain extra energy: the energy we had been using to try to control things. And we can use that energy to create a future that inspires us, which brings us even more energy.

That makes us antifragile.

In a time of change, holding on to the past is never going to work. What makes us most likely to succeed is having a clear vision of the future we want to create and the enthusiasm to inspire ourselves and others to long to make it happen.

This gives us something to hold on to. And our world becomes solid again.

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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