Alan Watts
Play to Live
Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth.
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.
Through our eyes, the universe is perceiving itself. Through our ears, the universe is listening to its harmonies. We are the witnesses through which the universe becomes conscious of its glory, of its magnificence.
I have realized that the past and future are real illusions, that they exist in the present, which is what there is and all there is.
You are the universe experiencing itself.
We seldom realize, for example that our most private thoughts and emotions are not actually our own. For we think in terms of languages and images which we did not invent, but which were given to us by our society.
This is the real secret of life -- to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.
The meaning of life is just to be alive. It is so plain and so obvious and so simple. And yet, everybody rushes around in a great panic as if it were necessary to achieve something beyond themselves.
You are an aperture through which the universe is looking at and exploring itself.
You are a function of what the whole universe is doing in the same way that a wave is a function of what the whole ocean is doing.