Reality is only a Rorschach ink-blot
A person who thinks all the time has nothing to think about except thoughts. So he loses touch with reality, and lives in a world of illusions. (…) To get in touch with reality there is an art of meditation (…) It is the art of temporarily silencing the mind, of stopping the chatter in the skull. Of course, you can’t force your mind to be silent; that would be like trying to smooth ripples in the water with a flat-iron. Water becomes clear and calm only when left alone. So, will you try an experiment with me?
– Alan Watts, The Art of Meditation.
Here’s a compilation of talks on The Art of Meditation by Alan Watts (1915-73), a British born philosopher, writer, and speaker, best known as an interpreter and popularizer of Eastern philosophy for a Western audience.