How To Free Yourself of Existential Angst (Beautiful Video by Shots of Awe)

Written by on March 16, 2016 in Conscious Living, Thrive with 2 Comments

Video Source: Shots of Awe

“Life should be lived to the point of tears” – Albert Camus

In this stunningly beautiful video, Jason Silva eloquently describes how to free yourself of existential angst, at least temporarily, by losing yourself in an experience.

I think that one of the things we enjoy the most as human beings is to lose ourselves in an experience – to find ourselves in a situation in which the gravity of the moment, the weight of the now, is so powerful that we find ourselves outside ourselves.

You become what you behold, so to speak, so that our neurotic inner critic, the voice in our head that is nagging us – anxious about the future or saddened by the past (or paralyzed by the past) – instead goes silent. And there is grace in this moment.

The weight of now in all of its gravity and splendor, particularly in a pre-configured epic context, conserved to purge you of your angst.  This is a transformative experience.

I mean I think when I come to a place like this, whenever I put myself outside myself I am able to pierce the veil. I am able to see beyond my concerns in my constraints. I connect to something larger than myself. It's something that we can all relate to. It’s something that we seek out, right?

And these moments these moments do something to us that is medicinal. This is existential medication. We address the existential panic, the ontological panic, and we push it out of our minds.

Death goes from being an imminent panic to a deferrable abstraction. Thoughts of mortality dissipate and we get to inhabit some kind of eternal now, immortality now, as we smash our sense of separateness in temples of fragmentation…

It doesn't matter if it's the rave concert, or Burning Man, or an opera theater, or an IMAX screen, or an epic ocean. The point being these vistas, these contexts, these stages become rites of passage, transformative experiences, moments of reconciliation.

We slay the dragon we move forth, and then the angst is gone – at least temporarily.

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  1.' LeeAnn Aguilar says:

    Id like to enjoy this message but his voice does something to my misophonia and the way he pronounces his p’s. =(

  2.' Carley Simandl says:

    Melissa McConomy <3

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