This is a great video by Alan Watts with South Park style animation.

Alan Watts was a British philosopher, writer and speaker who specialised in Eastern philosophies such as Taoism and Zen Buddhism.

His books include Tao : the Watercourse Way and Become What You Are.

The video is relevant to me, and I think it is useful to watch out for the conditioned view of life whereby we continually shift our attention into the future for a promise of some future gratification, driving and striving in the process.

The risk is that we miss experiencing life fully in the moment (the foundation of Mindfulness). It can also lead to disappointment and regret for lost time and opportunity later down the line.

When we can focus on being mindful and stay very much in the present we can enjoy the here and now, and trust that we will be able to handle and enjoy the future (which will also be the ‘now’).

I think the key to this is to have some plans for a future you would like; but make sure you enjoy the process in getting there and don’t be too focused on the outcome.

Anyway, enjoy the video!

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