One of the founders of the
improvisation and mindfulness movement talks about improvisation as
a life practice, the connection between spiritual practice and
improvisation. and what it means to live an improvised life.
Back in 2013, Ted DesMaisons
assembled a group of improvisors at a San Francisco Zen monastery
to explore the many connections between spirituality and
improvisation. That event helped spawn the creation of a worldwide
coalition of mindfulness improvisors and an array of improv-based
practices for enhancing mindfulness.
In this podcast, DesMaison
explains why some people have difficulty improvising, the
importance of play for both spiritual practice and improvisation,
and why the appreciation of mystery is central to both. He also
shares the improvised path that led him from teaching English to
becoming a professional improvisor, shares his own definition of
spirituality, and plays a live improv "word-at-a-time"
"We're improvising all the
time," DesMaisons says. "Why not learn to do it well?"
DesMaisons is the author of
the new book, Playful Mindfulness and the founder of Anima
Learning. He holds an MTS from Harvard University and an MBA from
Stanford University. He's taught mindfulness with renown meditation
teacher Jon Kabat-Zinn, taught and performed
improvisation internationally, and studied acting and voice
with Patsy Rodenburg.
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