Responding to their first ever Monster Baby listener letter, Ted and Lisa explore the healing powers of mindfulness and improvisation. They warm up with a rousing game of 3 Things! (1:38) and then start digging into their topic (6:25), noting that healing can be like rinsing the bad or filling in the good (11:45). They work to make sense of a sound interruption—mistakes are gifts!— (17:00) and then parse out ways in which mindfulness and improv differ with regards to healing. A second interruption leads Ted to share how he first developed mindfulness in response to a food sensitivity (28:00) and Lisa proposes that improv is not therapy—or is it (34:29) ? A consideration of how improv feels good (40:00) brings up a movie from the distant past and Ted’s high school yearbook photo (43:05) and Ted and Lisa close with a helpful image from the world of medicine (47:50).
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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.
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