InnerSelf's Daily Inspiration: Watch and Observe

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Narrated by Marie T. Russell.

InnerSelf's Daily Inspiration

May 23, 2023

The focus for today is:

When I don't know what to do, I simply watch what is going on.

In the beginning of meditation, you don't know what you're supposed to do, so what can you do?

Well, if you don't know what you're supposed to do, you watch. You simply watch what is going on.

Simply watch everything going on without attempting to change it in any way, without judging it, without calling it good or bad. Just watch it. That is the essential process of meditation.

Today's inspiration was excerpted from the article:
     Can Meditation Be Fun? Or Does It Have To Be Serious
     Written by Alan Watts.
Read the complete article here.

This is Marie T. Russell, publisher of, wishing you a day of watching what is going on (today and every day)

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Comments from Marie: Many of us, me included, feel like we have to immediately solve the problems around us, or inside of us. Yet sometimes, we don't know what "solving the problem" looks like. So that's when we are better off sitting down quietly, and with eyes closed or open, simply watch what is going on.

Our focus for today: When I don't know what to do, I simply watch what is going on.

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RELATED BOOK: Still The Mind

Still The Mind: An Introduction to Meditation
by Alan Watts.

book cover: Still The Mind: An Introduction to Meditation  by Alan Watts.Mark Watts compiled this book from his father's extensive journals and audiotapes of famous lectures he delivered in his later years across the country. I

n three parts, Alan Watts explains the basic philosophy of meditation, how individuals can practice a variety of meditations, and how inner wisdom grows naturally.

Info/Order this book
Also available as an Audiobook and as a Kindle edition.

About the Author

photo: Alan WattsAlan Watts was one of the most famous and endearing writers and speakers of the twentieth century on the subjects of Eastern thought and meditation. He was born in  England in 1915 and died in his home in northern California in 1973.

In all, Watts wrote more than twenty-five books and recorded hundreds of lectures and seminars. He became widely recognized for his Zen writings and for The Book on the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are.

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