Alan Watts — realising there is nothing to hold on to sets you free

Alan Watts Knowing who you are

For those who like to go a little deeper, this short video of Alan Watts explores some of the philosophical underpinnings that form the foundations of The Churning’s approach to Inner Leadership.

We are living through a time of change. The world we once knew is disappearing fast and we don’t know what will take its place. This can seem scary.

The natural response, as Alan Watts explains, is to try to hold on to the past and control other people and things. But, as he also explains, when we realise that everything is changing, all the time, and always has, this frees us to let go: because we realise there is nothing to hold on to!

When we let go like this we gain extra energy — the energy we had been using to try to hold on and control things.

And if we then choose to create a future that inspires us we gain yet more energy.

In a time of change, this enthusiasm and emotional engagement is what will make us most likely to achieve our goals.

And when we are most inspired and engaged then we will add the most value to our organisations.

And when we have engaged, inspired people working inside organisations that enable and encourage that inspiration, then we have created a generative, hyper-sustainable world.

Inner Leadership provides the tools and framework to do all this.

The work of Alan Watts provides a small part of the foundation.


Adapted from Inner Leadership: tools for building inspiration in times of change.

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