“A person who thinks all the time has nothing to think about except thoughts. So, he loses touch with reality and lives in a world of illusions.”
Alan Watts on the Art of Meditation
In his essay “The Way of Zen,” Alan Watts explains how he came to embrace Buddhism and what he learned along the way. He writes, “My own experience of being born into a Christian family had been such that I did not know anything else. And my father was a very good man, though he never understood me.”
Watts grew up in England during World War II and witnessed the bombing of London. His experiences inspired him to become a psychologist, but soon found himself drawn to Eastern philosophies like yoga and Zen Buddhism. In his essay, Watts describes his journey toward enlightenment.
He says, “I began to meditate seriously in 1946, and since then I have practiced daily. My life has changed completely, because I am no longer interested in doing things; I am interested in being aware. When you are aware, you see everything clearly and you do nothing.”
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Alan Watts on Twitter: “A person who thinks all the time has nothing to think about except thoughts. So he loses touch with reality and lives in a world of illusion.”
In his latest tweet, Alan Watts shares a quote from his book, Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind. He says that people who live in a world of illusions are those who spend their entire day thinking about what they want to think about. They lose touch with reality and live in a world of illusion without even realizing it.
Watts is one of my favorite authors because he speaks to me personally. I am someone who spends most of my days thinking about thoughts. My mind is always racing with ideas. But sometimes, I do realize that some of my thoughts are just that — thoughts. Thoughts aren’t real. Thoughts don’t exist outside of our minds. And thoughts can be very useful tools, especially when we use them to solve problems.
But there is a big difference between having lots of thoughts and living in a world of illusion where you lose touch with reality. If you’re constantly thinking about things that don’t matter, you might find yourself losing touch with reality. You won’t know what’s really happening around you. You won’ t understand why certain events happen. Your life will become chaotic and confusing.
Meditation and Mindfulness
Meditation and mindfulness exercises are designed specifically to help you separate yourself away from your thoughts. In fact, some people even use it as a coping mechanism for stress and anxiety. However, there are many different types of meditation and mindfulness techniques out there. Some require you to sit still while others involve moving around. If you’re looking for something specific, here are four common forms of meditation and mindfulness exercises.
Engage In Big Picture Thinking
For many people, thinking about the future is difficult because we’re often overwhelmed by what lies ahead. But there’s no reason why we can’t think big picture while focusing on our immediate concerns. Here are some ways to help you make sure that your thoughts remain focused on what matters in the long term.