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A Fantastic Alan Watts Quote and a Stunning View of Nature I Was Blessed to Stumble Upon...

On the Way to Orange Lake ©Lynne Buchanan


I read an Alan Watts quote recently that appeared in an Elephant Journal entry by Jennifer White entitled "The Best Quote I Have Ever Heard. Ever."  I would have to agree...  There is so much to savor every instant we are alive.  Just walking by a river could stop you in your tracks forever appreciating the feast around you.  The photograph below I made last week by the little stream that enters Orange Lake near Marjorie Rawlings House.  Enjoy and delight in all you see today as you wander about.  Thank you Alan Watts.

Here's the quote:

“As it is, we are merely bolting our lives—gulping down undigested experiences as fast as we can stuff them in—because awareness of our own existence is so superficial and so narrow that nothing seems to us more boring than simple being.  If I ask you what you did, saw, heard, smelled, touched and tasted yesterday, I am likely to get nothing more than the thin, sketchy outline of the few things that you noticed, and of those only what you thought worth remembering. Is it surprising that an existence so experienced seems so empty and bare that its hunger for an infinite future is insatiable? But suppose you could answer, “It would take me forever to tell you, and I am much too interested in what’s happening now.” How is it possible that a being with such sensitive jewels as the eyes, such enchanted musical instruments as the ears, and such a fabulous arabesque of nerves as the brain can experience itself as anything less than a god? And, when you consider that this incalculably subtle organism is inseparable from the still more marvelous patterns of its environment—from the minutest electrical designs to the whole company of the galaxies—how is it conceivable that this incarnation of all eternity can be bored with being?”
~ Alan Watts, The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are