I was in my mid-thirties and quite depressed when I first stumbled on a recording of Alan Watts’ unique style of spiritual entertainment. Within a few minutes, I was chuckling out loud and had forgotten I was depressed.
These days, I no longer suffer from depression, and Watts’ recordings still crack me up and fill my spirit.
“Live your weird,” he implored.
The late great Alan Watts, a self-proclaimed spiritual entertainer, died on this day in 1973. So grateful for his many recordings available on Youtube and elsewhere. Few people make me chuckle as much or remind me that I am not the sum total of my thoughts and feelings. He, more than most, it seemed, GOT the cosmic joke of existence. And he admitted to many of his flaws, it seems. Also admirable. Wherever you are, Alan, thank you for what you left behind. I’m sure you are laughing your crusty, smoker’s laugh at It All.
Brad Wetzler is an author, journalist, podcaster, and yoga + mindfulness teacher, and writing mentor. He writes books (and articles) and hosts a podcast about adventure healing, emotional wellness, and faith & spirituality. His memoir, “Adventures in Healing,” will be published in 2023.
I began my career as an editor and adventure-travel writer. I served as a senior editor at Outside magazine, and I was a contributing editor at Outside, National Geographic Adventure, and George magazines. I have written hundreds of articles and essays on far-ranging topics.
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