What sorts of intriguing insights show up on a 10-day silent retreat? Ted and Lisa find out in Monster Baby Episode #33. They start by acknowledging that Ted’s in a period of adjustment (2:23) before considering the benefits of practicing mindfulness in relationship with others (6:58). They note how sharper awareness can help us “lock in” to what we’re designed for (12:17) and then run through the six guidelines or principles of Insight Dialogue (14:45). They note some similarities between this kind of practice and some familiar improv games (21:47) until Lisa cries foul on whether we’re just navel-gazing (26:08). Ted describes how tension around results in meditation just creates more tension (32:53) and Lisa shares how moving her phone away from her bedside makes a difference (36:14). The two run through three cravings or hungers described by Buddhism and share some helpful analogies (41:15) before noting how such cravings can get in the way of healthy relationship with others (53:23). Lisa mentions why you’d put gold on the back of a Buddha (56:04) and Ted makes more analogies about awareness as a boat and the sticky nature of the self-generating mechanism in all of us (59:02). May you find greater awareness and joy in listening!
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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.