this Digital Video Meditation, transpersonal
approaches to the creation of film, video, and multimedia
expressions are explored by attempting to capture the presence and atmosphere of a
natural environment and the state of consciousness one can acquire when
meditating on natural beauty.
Specifically, ASILOMAR is an attempt to capture the
presence of place of Asilomar State Beach on the Monterey Peninsula in
ASILOMAR was shot during the
Association of Transpersonal Psychology Annual Conference held at Asilomar
Conference Center at the Asilomar State Beach.
I performed a mindfulness
meditation practice before recording any images. I used an adapted form of
mindfulness walking practice during video recording, attempting to
ritualization the technology and integrate into a mindfulness cinematography
practice. I walked the grounds of the conference center and beach in this
state of mindfulness, attempting to be hyper-aware of my consciousness, my
body and the technology in my hands, and the natural environment all around
me, and attempting to harmonize and flow with it.
I used these same
mindfulness practices in the editing of the work as well. Part of this
practice was attempting to sense the presence and flow of the images and
sound and seeking to find natural juxtapositions and transitions that
resonated with the presence of place and consciousness this presence
This was my first test of
the application of transpersonal practices for cinematic media practice.
State Beach and Conference Center, Pacific Grove, California.
Integral Institute, Association for
Transpersonal Psychology, and Conference Recording Services.