Underneath Accomplishment is Playfulness


This recording of Alan Watts’ “Veil of Thoughts 3” is quite moving. Near the beginning, he suggests that the art of learning a skill begins with adopting the playfulness of a child. When we let go of the need to reach a goal, to LOOK hard instead of really SEEING with soft eyes, flexible muscles, and an open heart – ¬†wonderful things begin to happen.

His first example of skill learning is practicing the art of calligraphy. It has to, first and foremost, feel good to simply make marks, loosen ourselves with the tools and enjoy the experience.

This application of thought can be applied to all areas of our lives. Try it today with one thing and see what happens. Whether you’re filling out mounds of paperwork, cleaning, purging, negotiating, making art, building business, falling asleep, eating… just try it.