Alan Watts was such a badass. From alanwatts.com :
After teaching at the Academy of Asian Studies in San Francisco he became Dean, and began to give regular radio talks on KPFA, the Berkeley free radio station. In 1957 he published his bestselling Way of Zen, and in 1958 returned to Europe where he met with CG Jung. He was an early subject in pioneering psychedelic trials, and after recording two seasons of the public television series “Eastern Wisdom and Modern Life” traveled to Japan several times in the early sixties. By the late sixties he had become a counter culture celebrity, and traveled widely to speak at universities and growth centers across the US and Europe.
The above video is a sort of introduction to meditation; in it, Alan Watts explains why it’s necessary to shut your mind off, stop talking to yourself, and make a daily effort to apprehend reality in its purest form. Something I can’t manage to do myself, but will definitely be giving a try more often.