Watch This Beautiful Video Inspired By An Alan Watts Quote

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“How To Stop Time” is a beautiful and inspiring video by Jason Lee Segal. Inspired by Alan Watts quotes, this video will inspire your deepest self. In this post, Jason shares his life journey and the inspiraiton for his video.

Mortality has been a pervading theme throughout my life. I was born with a defective heart and have had several open heart surgeries. If I were born 20 years earlier, I wouldn’t have been alive for more than 2 weeks. While considering ones mortality can be a thought provoking and beautiful subject, it was too much for my young mind to handle. I developed acute anxiety attacks and a fear of the morbid that permeated my young life. Roadkill made me sick and when my friends tried to kill ants, I peacefully protested.

Last Summer I spent a month at a meditation retreat center creating videos for Shambhala Mountain Center. During my free time I captured footage that all had the same tonal quality to it. The images reminded me of death. At the same time, I was listening to many Alan Watts speeches on youtube and stumbled upon his video essays. I listened to a talk that reminded me of the footage I captured. I edited together the images to an abbreviated version of the talk and had the finished product.

Through art and meditation, I have been attempting to connect with an acceptance of impermanence. Alan Watts illustrates the beauty of the morbid in his speech and I tried to parallel his prose with my visuals. Most of the process of creating the video was quite joyful aside from filming the animal bones; that part still disturbed me!

Alan Watts – How To Stop Time

 

 

AUTHOR: JASON LEE SEGAL
Jason Lee Segal is a writer/director currently residing in Los Angeles, CA. He is a graduate of Chapman University and has directed over 50 shorts, music videos and documentaries.

When not behind the camera you can find him making music and smoothies.

Alan Watts Quotes:

 

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.
No valid plans for the future can be made by those who have no capacity for living now.
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.
You and I are all as much continuous with the physical universe as a wave is continuous with the ocean.
Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth.
Technology is destructive only in the hands of people who do not realize that they are one and the same process as the universe.

 

Never pretend to a love which you do not actually feel, for love is not ours to command.
Zen does not confuse spirituality with thinking about God while one is peeling potatoes. Zen spirituality is just to peel the potatoes.
But I’ll tell you what hermits realize. If you go off into a far, far forest and get very quiet, you’ll come to understand that you’re connected with everything.
But the attitude of faith is to let go, and become open to truth, whatever it might turn out to be.

 

 

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