While dealing with the daily problems and decisions, we need to ask ourselves what do our lives require right now, and what matters the most to us. This reminds us to participate and take action in meaningful work, with a purpose, a mission and a direction. It stops us from acting on impulse or wasting our time during trivial things that don't have any impact.
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Many people are uncertain about their behaviour and what action they should be taking at any given moment.
This uncertainty manifests in fear, stress, and anxiety.
Some Zen Ideas on handling uncertainty:
You can only take one action at a time, due to time, energy and other constraints. Make sure the action you take is based on the big picture and has the most significant impact.
Don't waste your Turn.
Uncertainty cannot be eliminated and must be handled with curiosity, wonder and delight. We must befriend uncertainty and get out of our comfort zones, bringing joy and lightheartedness in it.
The Zen mind isn't neurotic, narcissistic or filled with ego. You should be doing an action completely lost in it, not thinking about yourself, free from the burden of the self.
If you keep doing what you’ve always done, you’ll keep getting the results you’ve always gotten.
If you want to get different or 'better' results, you have to do different things. And you have to do those things before you feel ready.
Alan Watts was not confined to a single label and wasn’t even an expert in what he philosophized. His various recordings and books related to Buddhism, Hinduism, Zen and Taoism, however, he wasn’t an academic or a monk, not following any system rigidly.
He called himself a spiritual entertainer, though his unorthodox style, a flamboyant life and other unique traits made him one of the leading philosophers of the 21st century.