Time to get present, y’all! Celebrating the one-year anniversary of the first Monster Baby podcast, Ted and Lisa offer Episode #24, a deep dive into presence and its role in our lives. A new warm-up creates some crazy acronyms (1:14) before the co-hosts check in about their prior commitment to try a gratitude practice (5:48). They soon take on this episode’s topic more directly (10:40), exploring the difference between “having presence” and “being present.” (13:41) Ted talks about his recent experience with Patsy Rodenburg’s three Circles of Presence (18:48) with Lisa noting a curious phenomenon in the English language along the way (26:48). The two wonder whether we have to be so conscious ALL the time (32:21) and then consider how individuals’ presence within a group can affect the strength of an ensemble (37:39). Ted talks about getting ahead of ourselves in speech (41:01) and Lisa asks whether being aware of presence gets in the way of our actually being present (44:40). The two conclude the episode by outlining some of the impacts of getting fully present. (51:42)

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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.

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