Alan Watts on the Importance of Letting Go

How to Let Life Happen

We think of letting go as something you need to do to relax: a return to a state of flow and calm. Yet, letting go is actually vital to life. Philosopher and writer Alan Watts says so much of life happens all the time in the space of letting go. When we let go, we sleep, we relax, and we allow life to happen. In fact, we enter into the flow of the entire universe.

Existence is something that is spontaneous. The Chinese word for nature, ziran, means that which happens of itself.

A master at communicating difficult concepts with resolute clarity, Alan Watts popularised Zen concepts in the West and has much to share about letting go and why it is so important.


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Take 5 Deep Breaths

1. Feel your body.

2. Relax your shoulders.

3. Choose a word that makes you feel peaceful, such as om, peace, or love.

4. Inhale slowly while mentally saying the word you chose. Pause before starting the exhalation.

5. Exhale slowly while mentally saying 1 with the first breath. Exhale saying 2 with the second breath, up to 5 or more.

Feel Your Body

Relax your body, and just be aware of how your body feels. Without changing anything, notice what you are feeling, and where you are feeling things in your body.  If your body wants to adjust a little, let it. Be curious how it feels as your body relaxes. (Resist any temptation to analyze or think.)

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