Alan Watts

“To hold your breath is to lose your breath.”

“A society based on the quest for security is nothing but a breath-retention contest in which everyone is as taut as a drum and as purple as a beet.”

“The brain can only assume its proper behavior when consciousness is doing what it is designed for: not writhing and whirling to get out of present experience, but being effortlessly aware of it.”

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surrender

order is random

nothing is meant to happen
but everything that is happening is supposed to be happening

there are no things that are not supposed to happen
everything that is happening is supposed to be happening

the “good” AND the “bad”

allow what is, relax into it, feel it with intensity,
resist less & less, let things ripple through you

randomness is orderly

life before death

it’s up to you

the half-hearted realm of wishy-washy deferral
is the limbo of a juiceless, lifeless existence

build clarity through experiential experimentation
never cease probing

let your actions determine your emotions
not the other way around

remember,
the stronger your resolve
the stronger your reason for it
where criticism, failure, resistance and your emotions (in response) become mere fodder for it

to paraphrase Nassim Taleb:
while wind puts out a candle, it fuels a fire