Sometimes, our deepest longing is simply for love. What we truly yearn for is the ability to love and receive love in return. In this nation, there’s an inexplicable feeling that nothing we do is ever sufficient. So we find ourselves rushing from one endeavor to another, flaunting our wisdom on screens. Yet, when we’re alone, anger and tears emerge as manifestations of our inner pain. We must actively embrace and cultivate our inherent spirituality.
However, something remarkable happens when someone tells us, “You are enough.” “Enough for what?” For love; joy, and God. Enough for yourself. And if we internalize these words, they possess the power to soothe the restless rhythm of our hearts. We no longer feel the need to prove ourselves. Alan Watts captures this idea by reminding us that we all possess the essence of a Buddha. As he eloquently puts it:
“Man suffers only because he takes seriously what the gods made for fun.” – Alan Watts
This quote from Alan Watts speaks of freedom and enlightenment, highlighting the notion that much of our suffering arises from attaching undue significance to things that are ultimately transient or inconsequential in the grand scheme of life.
Most of us were performers in our upbringing, seeking validation through achievements like touchdowns and straight A’s. However, as we mature, we encounter setbacks, experience financial losses, and witness the indifferent silence of the world towards our attempts at greatness. Our self-esteem crumbles, eroding our confidence, and we desperately grasp onto physical appearances and rigid ideologies, hoping for salvation from loneliness. In this struggle, we simultaneously despise the present and fear the future, trapped in a relentless cycle that offers breakfast as lunch. Alan Watts reminds us of the profound truth that we need not exert ourselves excessively to witness the divine presence in our lives; we need only cast our gaze upon the world around us.
“You are an aperture through which the universe is looking at and exploring itself. There is no hurry, and in a way there is no future. It is all here — so take it easy, take your time, and get acquainted with it.”
The sole purpose in this existence is to dispel the illusion of separation; there exists no other objective but to recognize the inherent spirituality in all life. We possess the right to endure suffering, shed tears, and simply exist, for despite our missteps, trials, and traumas, we remain eternally interconnected with the source. Grace and mercy forever embrace us, rendering our desires illusory, as we already hold within us all that is necessary for true happiness. Alan Watts recounted a tale wherein a teacher engaged in a dialogue with his student, pondering the essence of the Tao–teaching us of our Inherent spirituality
When you look at the clouds they are not symmetrical. They do not form fours and they do not come along in cubes, but you know at once that they are not a mess. […] They are wiggly but in a way, orderly, although it is difficult for us to describe that kind of order. Now, take a look at yourselves. You are all wiggly. […] We are just like clouds, rocks and stars.
The profound longing for love surpasses material wealth and achievements. Highlighting the restlessness and constant need for validation that can plague individuals. Quoting Alan Watts, the essay emphasizes the futility of attaching significance to transient things and offers a reminder to find enlightenment and freedom in the present moment. We explore the inherent spirituality in all life, highlighting the interconnectedness of humanity and revealing the illusions that obscure our perception of true happiness. Read more essays about love, wellness, and joy. And dive deeper into the work on Alan Watts.
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