You are the Universe and the Universe is You
The meaning of life is just to be alive. It is so plain and so obvious and so simple. And yet, everybody rushes around in a great panic as if it were necessary to achieve something beyond themselves.
I have realized that the past and future are real illusions, that they exist in the present, which is what there is and all there is. This is the real secret of life -- to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.
... and when you get with it you suddenly realize its doing you. Now whats the difference between you and it? Self and other... You're doing it and it's doing you. It's all one.
You are a function of what the whole universe is doing in the same way that a wave is a function of what the whole ocean is doing.
You are actually--if this is the way things started, if there was a big bang in the beginning-- you're not something that's a result of the big bang. You're not something that is a sort of puppet on the end of the process. You are still the process. You are the big bang, the original force of the universe, coming on as whoever you are. When I meet you, I see not just what you define yourself as--Mr so-and- so, Ms so-and-so, Mrs so-and-so--I see every one of you as the primordial energy of the universe coming on at me in this particular way. I know I'm that, too. But we've learned to define ourselves as separate from it.
Amalgamation of Alan Watts