The Wisdom of Insecurity
This book wasn’t exactly what I expected it to be, it’s a bit of a dry read for those that like more of the up beat inspirational reading, very intellectual, and being a lefty and in the arts world, that’s not something I’d choose, it’s boring. I mean, It’s a great read for an atheist, although it also talks about why we have religion, and why both being an atheist or believing in god have their good reasons to exist.
They remind me of Napoleon Hill’s books, dryer than a desert.
Anyway, I am a very anxious being, and I am in a constant state of worry, though I’m a work-in-progress and am figuring out my state of bliss everyday. I try NOT to think about my future everyday: such as, “will I ever buy my grandmamma a house?”, “is what I’m doing now beneficial for my future?” are thoughts that are always flooding my brain.
I loved that this books reminded me of my acting school, I studied an acting technique called the Meisner Technique, and basically it taught me how to just be in the moment, to live in the moment while I’m in a scene.
gosh how I miss those wonderful days.
This (the acting technique) also helped me with living my life, because living in the moment is what life is really all about.
This book is explaining just that, to be in the moment, to not worry about the future because the future doesn’t exist anywhere but in your head, and you can’t do anything about your past, so let-it-go. People find comfort in religion, because they believe they will receive eternal peace after life, while atheists believe in living your most life until you shut off and sleep forever, both are good in their own way.
Let’s me give you a small description of this book: “We live in an age of unprecedented anxiety. Spending all our time trying to anticipate and plan for the future and to lamenting the past, we forget to embrace the here and now. We are so concerned with tomorrow that we forget to enjoy today. Drawing from Eastern philosophy and religion, Alan Watts shows that it is only by acknowledging what we do not—and cannot—know that we can learn anything truly worth knowing. In The Wisdom of Insecurity, he shows us how, in order to lead a fulfilling life, we must embrace the present—and live fully in the now.”
I do agree, that we are living in a world of showing more of ourselves, having more, flashing more. There is so much social media to splatter everything out there that, to me, it can seem very overwhelming. Sometimes, I feel very motivated about planning my future, but I do understand the anxiety coming from future planning, sometimes thing’s just don’t work out the way you want them to and the fear of not getting to your expected potential can be scary-ass-hell.
I’ve been there, so it was good to be reminded to live in the present and just focus on making myself happy now, to not worry about something that’s yet not here and to let go of the thing I can’t undo, the past.
would I recommend it? I think so, yes.