What’s spirituality got to do with it anyway? Ted and Lisa take on the thorny task of exploring the realms of spirit and what they have to do with mindfulness and improv. Lisa starts by explaining the Double Bounce Theory and why her coffee and exercise routine might play out in the episode (2:50). Ted shares his individually designed spiritual background (5:03) and Lisa explains how as a kid she thought she might be going to Hell (10:49). The two get into notions of unity and interdependence (18:00) and take a stab at defining the word “spirituality” (22:29). They wonder if improv and humor qualify as religions or even as spiritual practices (27:04) and consider whether it matters what words we use (34:15). Both ask where improv “magic” comes from (40:13) and how they might raise kids if they had ‘em (49:11). Lisa tries to find a new word for spirituality and wonders whether “Reality” might work (52:13) and Ted raises his nervousness about appearing “woo woo.” (55:57) The pair bring the episode to a close by wondering if improv and mindfulness automatically shape us in a spiritual direction (1:01:55).
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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.