If you've ever imagined your life as a journey, you're not alone. It's common for us to compare our existence with characters in books and films, carrying out the acts of our day-to-day lives with an end goal or final destination in mind. From our earliest days, we're taught to believe that success is only a matter of attaining our next goal, failing to recognize the rewards we inherit along the way. This captivating video uses the words of philosopher Alan Watts, who argues that this "journey" mindset diminishes our sense of enjoyment of life, and that instead, our existence is better compared to a song or a dance, in which fulfillment is derived from the act itself, rather than its ending.


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  • If you enjoyed this video, check out Alan Watts: Let Go of Controlling Everything to learn about the freedom that comes from letting go and trusting in something greater than ourselves.
  • Complement this video with this Brain Pickings article that explores the relationships among our inner and outer selves, our experience, and the universe.
  • Choose three things you can do today without focusing on any particular outcome or end goal. Strive to connect with your experience in the moment.

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