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Alan W. Watts' "message for an age of anxiety" is as powerful today as it was when this modern classic was first published. We spend too much time trying to anticipate and plan for the future, too much time lamenting the past. We often miss the pleasures of the moment in our anxious efforts to ensure the next moment is as enjoyable.

Drawing from Eastern philosophy and religion, Watts argues that it is only by acknowledging what we do not and cannot know that we can find something truly worth knowing. In order to lead a fulfilling life, one must embrace the present - live fully in the now.

Elegantly reasoned and lucidly written, this philosophical achievement contains all the wisdom and spirit that distinguished Watts' long career and resonates with us still.

©1951 Pantheon Books (P)2015 Macmillan Audio

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Wonderful insight

Watts describes the experience of consciousness in such bright light your life cannot but being changed if you listen carefully and therefore try, endlessly, to change your mind.

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  • IW, Albuquerque
  • 16/03/2016

more pointed and considerate than his lectures

narrator was very good. easy to understand and pronounced words in the conventional way. Refreshing, especially if you ve only listened to Watts speak extemporaneously

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  • Amin
  • 03/12/2016

Very very deep...

This was my first book by Alan Watts and I loved it so much. He explains insecurity in a whole new level of understanding, and if you think you are capable to understand, go ahead and dive.
I will definetly reread this book. This book is in a Top 10 book, that I read for the whole time, and the best book on insecurity. I Highly recommend it.

PS: I write this addition afterward reading this book after 2 weeks, and I can say, that this book have something really deep inside. I can definetly say, that it changed a lot of aspects of my life, on different levels of conciousness. I never before done rewieing afterward, but this book trully and absolutly worth it.

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  • Jah Alexander
  • 09/07/2017

Relief

I was raised as a Christian, my parents, both mother and father are pasters. Wisdom is the structure for successful religions, in Christianity there is much to be found, yet I can't deny that I have heard life changing wisdom outside of my own beliefs. I am at the age now where I have began to question and keep an open mind, a game of, follow the wisdom. Anxiety disorder is something I continue to fight, win and lose on a daily basis, I see as well as who I am suppose to be in my religion contributes to that anxiousness I feel.
I would be a fool and have no since of wisdom in me if I where to deny this book, it speaks to me on a level I can't deny.

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  • Darren Cadora
  • 24/10/2017

Alan said it best.

Lacking the enthusiasm that Alan would have if he told it. Alan had a magical way of expression that would have been magnificent to hear. Sean did make me laugh and smile. The depth of this book is not easy to present but I find it was worth the price

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  • alex
  • 01/09/2017

Skipped it

I found it just didn't really feel like Alan Watts without having him be the narrator, the entertainment value just drops. Probably a good book, and nothing against the narrator, but it's just not as good

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23/06/2017

Should be required reading!

I grew up a preacher's kid, became a Vascular Surgeon, and today I am also as an Addiction Medicine physician. This concise book encompasses the things I was really seeking on this journey but did not realize I was seeking. Religion vs Science, Mind vs Body, Connection vs Separation, Self vs self. All of these and more are brilliantly stated and reconciled, not in a way to provide answers, but to bring wonder. These puzzle pieces are arranged enough to bring form and shape to big questions. I gave the performance a 4 only because I have heard tapes spoken by Alan Watts himself, and no one compares.

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  • Jay
  • 26/05/2017

the book i never knew i needed

incredible. this gem is something ill cherish always. the present moment is a beautiful thing

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  • Bridta L.
  • 07/10/2018

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I forgot to check if this was audio by Alan. I love Alan's voice and cadence and this is read by another person. not that the narrator is bad just it doesn't have the same gripping interest for me without his voice. Still is wonderful content though.

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  • tem
  • 02/10/2018

profound interpretation of Science and religion

Alan Watts is incredibly straightforward and poetic in his interpretation of science and a religion. in conjunction, he beautifully explains the magnificence of truly being present and living in the moment. this book is a philosophical Marvel. I highly recommend.

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  • molecula987
  • 27/08/2018

Clear and concise insight!

Alan Watts somehow blends poetry and philosophy so well that each word sinks in deeply. My first read of Watts and it's as though I've started an enriching journey. The audio book is not something for background occupancy. Listen with a blank slate that is whole and not fractured with distractions.

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  • Damian
  • 02/03/2017

Performance was a bit weak but content amazing

Performance was a bit weak but content amazing. I would have loved to hear it in Watts' own lovely voice.

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