What happens when you talk about silence? In this episode, Lisa and Ted offer a short check-in (1:43) and get some questionable advice from their respective tea bags (5:21). They first focus on how silence can affect improv experience (9:31) and then turn their attention to the empty spaces of art and music (21:20). They discuss how some experience silence as a negative and what “strong silence” might mean (24:23), introduce the notion of stillness and a silt-based metaphor (28:18) and explore Ted’s experience of silence in Quaker practice (31:44). The conversation closes with an extended consideration of the different levels of restorative silence, including some tales from Lisa’s potentially harrowing recent experience on silent retreat (36:25)
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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.