For this more free-form episode, Ted and Lisa share what’s been on their minds recently. Ted starts by considering how his relationship to technology has been affecting his sense of presence (2:21). That leads to a discussion of the addictive nature of Facebook, its effect on the experience of community (6:20) and a commitment to try a Facebook fast (12:22). Lisa mentions how she’s been feeling emptied out—in a good way—and how she’s been trying to watch more TV (18:04). The pair discuss the difference between openness and emptiness and consider why ending suffering might prove a better choice than promoting happiness (24:50). They chat about the mindfulness practice of responding promptly (30:02) and then Ted shares his excitement for the Monster Baby-based book he’s been working on (33:42).
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San Francisco improvisors Ted DesMaisons and Lisa Rowland explore the beautiful, surprising and unruly intersections between mindfulness and improvisation as they seek to befriend that oft-hidden and sometimes scary part of all of us that can lead to a life well-lived.