alan is life

You have to cultivate an attitude to life where you’re not trying to get anything out of it. You pick up a pebble on the beach, look at it. It’s beautiful. Don’t try and get a sermon out of it. Sermons in stones and God in everything, be damned. Just enjoy it. Don’t feel that you’ve got to salve your conscience by saying that this is for the advancement of your aesthetic understanding. Enjoy the pebble. If you do that, you become healthy.
—  Alan Watts
Those who love you are not fooled by mistakes you have made or dark images you hold about yourself. They remember your beauty when you feel ugly; your wholeness when you are broken; your innocence when you feel guilty; and your purpose when you are confused.

“what would your head have been doing in hogsmeade, potter?” said snape softly. “your head is not allowed in hogsmeade. no part of your body has permission to be in hogsmeade.” [insp]

“When I first learned the piano and played those wretched scales, the teacher beside me had a pencil in her hand and she hit my fingers every time I played a wrong note. [Consequently] I never learned to read music because I hesitated too long to play the note on time. Because I was always [thinking] ‘Is this pencil gonna land?’ See? And that gets built into your psyche. So, people are always—although they’re adults and nobody is screaming at them any longer—they hear the echoes of that screaming momma or that bombinating poppa in the back of their heads all their life long. And so they adopt the same attitude to their own children and the farce continues.”

Alan Watts

We thought of life by analogy with a journey, with a pilgrimage which had a serious purpose at the end and the thing was to get to that end whether it be success or heaven… but we missed the point the whole way along… It was a musical thing and you were supposed to sing or to dance while the music was being played.
—  Alan Watts