If you are human and drive yourself crazy with thinking, maybe Alan Watts can assist you in accepting yourself as the “quaking mess” that you are with all your crazy human beingness, letting go of resisting, and letting go of resisting resistance.
Is it possible to try hard to live a good life AND let go of feeling guilty that you aren’t the spiritual, intellectual, or physical saint, genius, and specimen you expect yourself to be?
Watts encourages us to trust the process, and like water, we’ll find the way without tension and without illusion.
He says that meditation is observation without judgement. It is acceptance of what is without trying to change what is. No “shoulds” or “oughts,” only observation for the sake of noticing.
According to Watts, you are an “aperture”—the universe watching itself, rather than a distinct self watching the world.
Check out this excerpt from Watt’s lecture on Buddhism.