Talk about a little slice of soul-nourishment pie with your morning bev. The super-fab Nerida from Lissome sent me this after I interviewed her for Cool People Doing Cool Things. It’s an awesome video of Alan Watts talking about ‘What do you desire?’ and other cool things, set to a backdrop of New York and other cityscapes.
We all know how much I love lists, so let’s take this opportunity to make one. In your phone, on your hand, in your head, wherever you may be right NOW. What do YOU desire? What makes you HAPPY? Manifest your perfect future. Close your eyes and map out exactly what it looks like.
I remember doing this exercise for the very first time back in 2011, when I did a course through 10 thousand girl, about empowering women to achieve their financial goals. At the time, I couldn’t really give a hoot about finances. Actually, I can’t give much of a hoot now either (hello, eighth year at Uni!) but it was an awesome exercise nonetheless. I literally had this vision where I was frolicking barefoot on a pebble beach near a lake and my super-hot-long-haired-husband was hanging out with my super-cute-bare-chested-kid. I have a sneaking suspicion I’d seen this on a Tumblr photo and it seemed like a nice time. Just so you know, my life looks nothing like that now. It’s totally even better. But NO MATTER. Your vision and desires for the future are in a constant state of flux. And that’s one of the most exciting things about life.
“What makes you itch? What would you do if money were no object? How would you live your life? It’s important to consider the question, ‘What do I desire?’”
Now, I had never heard of this Alan Watts guy, so I did a light google-stalk. He’s basically a 20th century British philosopher who did Zen training (sounds cool) in New York and wrote over 25 books on religion and culture. Apparently, he was well known for proposing Buddhism as a form of psychotherapy instead of religion. Most importantly, he explored human consciousness. Wait, one more thing! He spend the end of his life dividing his time between a houseboat in Sausalito (near San Fran, they have the best Mexican food!) and a cabin on a mountain somewhere. Interesting dude. *runs off to buy his books on Amazon*
If you’re hanging out somewhere where it’s inappropriate to use sound, I’ve lovingly transcribed the words of Alan Watts below.