Monster Baby: A Curious Romp Through the Worlds of Mindfulness and Improvisation http://animalearning.com Insights & inquiries for inspired learning Sat, 12 Aug 2017 23:27:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.1 Stanford-trained improvisors Ted DesMaisons and Lisa Rowland explore the beautiful, surprising and unruly intersections between mindfulness and improvisation as they seek to befriend the “monster baby,” that oft-hidden and sometimes scary part of all of us that can lead to a life well-lived. Visit http://monsterbabypodcast.com for more information. Ted DesMaisons and Lisa Rowland clean Ted DesMaisons and Lisa Rowland ted@animalearning.com ted@animalearning.com (Ted DesMaisons and Lisa Rowland) Anima Learning and Lisa Rowland A Curious Romp Through the Worlds of Mindfulness and Improvisation Monster Baby: A Curious Romp Through the Worlds of Mindfulness and Improvisation http://animalearning.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/MonsterBabyLogo.jpg http://animalearning.com TV-14 76618019 Monster Baby #28: Dig Deeper http://animalearning.com/2017/07/27/monster-baby-28-dig-deeper/ Thu, 27 Jul 2017 12:36:08 +0000 http://animalearning.com/?p=4053 http://animalearning.com/2017/07/27/monster-baby-28-dig-deeper/#comments http://animalearning.com/2017/07/27/monster-baby-28-dig-deeper/feed/ 2 <p>Lisa and Ted reach across the country to dig deeper into life’s offerings. Lisa shares some perspective from her time at Girl Scout camp and Ted relays a story or two from his trip across country on his way to a training program in Manhattan (1:56) and then the pair get into the topic of <a class="more-link" href="http://animalearning.com/2017/07/27/monster-baby-28-dig-deeper/">[more…]</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://animalearning.com/2017/07/27/monster-baby-28-dig-deeper/">Monster Baby #28: Dig Deeper</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://animalearning.com">Anima Learning</a>.</p> MonsterBabyLogo

Lisa and Ted reach across the country to dig deeper into life’s offerings. Lisa shares some perspective from her time at Girl Scout camp and Ted relays a story or two from his trip across country on his way to a training program in Manhattan (1:56) and then the pair get into the topic of the day (8:27). They generate some perhaps forgettable quotations about savoring each moment (14:51) before exploring how mindfulness can help us dig deeper (16:51). Ted shares an example of working with poetry as a way of examining our lives more fully (21:08) and Lisa explains how the village life of summer camp helps keep her in the moment (27:02). The conversation gets even more real when the two ask what it means to dig deeper with professional and personal callings (30:33) and what makes it so hard to do so (39:28).

As always, please send a note, question, or comment if you feel so inspired: info@monsterbabypodcast.com. Thanks so much for listening—we love you all!

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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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Lisa and Ted reach across the country to dig deeper into life’s offerings. Lisa shares some perspective from her time at Girl Scout camp and Ted relays a story or two from his trip across country on his way to a training program in Manhattan (1:56) and... Lisa and Ted reach across the country to dig deeper into life’s offerings. Lisa shares some perspective from her time at Girl Scout camp and Ted relays a story or two from his trip across country on his way to a training program in Manhattan (1:56) and then the pair get into the topic of the day (8:27). They generate some perhaps forgettable quotations about savoring each moment (14:51) before exploring how mindfulness can help us dig deeper (16:51). Ted shares an example of working with poetry as a way of examining our lives more fully (21:08) and Lisa explains how the village life of summer camp helps keep her in the moment (27:02). The conversation gets even more real when the two ask what it means to dig deeper with professional and personal callings (30:33) and what makes it so hard to do so (39:28).<br /> <br /> As always, please send a note, question, or comment if you feel so inspired: info@monsterbabypodcast.com. Thanks so much for listening—we love you all!<br /> <br /> To subscribe, go to: http://monsterbabypodcast.com <br /> Ted DesMaisons and Lisa Rowland clean 49:33 4053
Monster Baby #27 Speaking of Spirituality or Why Lisa Might Be Going to Hell http://animalearning.com/2017/06/15/monster-baby-27-speaking-spirituality-lisa-might-going-hell/ Fri, 16 Jun 2017 01:40:59 +0000 http://animalearning.com/?p=4034 http://animalearning.com/2017/06/15/monster-baby-27-speaking-spirituality-lisa-might-going-hell/#respond http://animalearning.com/2017/06/15/monster-baby-27-speaking-spirituality-lisa-might-going-hell/feed/ 0 <p>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 <a class="more-link" href="http://animalearning.com/2017/06/15/monster-baby-27-speaking-spirituality-lisa-might-going-hell/">[more…]</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://animalearning.com/2017/06/15/monster-baby-27-speaking-spirituality-lisa-might-going-hell/">Monster Baby #27 Speaking of Spirituality or Why Lisa Might Be Going to Hell</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://animalearning.com">Anima Learning</a>.</p> MonsterBabyLogo

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).
As always, please send a note, question, or comment if you feel so inspired: info@monsterbabypodcast.com. Thanks so much for listening—we love you all!

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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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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 exercis... 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). Ted DesMaisons and Lisa Rowland clean 1:06:11 4034
Monster Baby #26 Isn’t That Curious? http://animalearning.com/2017/06/05/monster-baby-26-isnt-curious/ Mon, 05 Jun 2017 18:05:14 +0000 http://animalearning.com/?p=4027 http://animalearning.com/2017/06/05/monster-baby-26-isnt-curious/#respond http://animalearning.com/2017/06/05/monster-baby-26-isnt-curious/feed/ 0 <p>Ted and Lisa get curious about curiosity in Monster Baby Episode #26! They laugh their way through the opening challenge of a few Line-at-a-Time Limericks (1:48) and then enter their topic in earnest around the five-minute mark (5:29). They ask whether curiosity is fundamental to effective improv even though most teachers don’t talk about it <a class="more-link" href="http://animalearning.com/2017/06/05/monster-baby-26-isnt-curious/">[more…]</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://animalearning.com/2017/06/05/monster-baby-26-isnt-curious/">Monster Baby #26 Isn’t That Curious?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://animalearning.com">Anima Learning</a>.</p> MonsterBabyLogo

Ted and Lisa get curious about curiosity in Monster Baby Episode #26! They laugh their way through the opening challenge of a few Line-at-a-Time Limericks (1:48) and then enter their topic in earnest around the five-minute mark (5:29). They ask whether curiosity is fundamental to effective improv even though most teachers don’t talk about it explicitly (7:45) and then muse on the virtuous cycle of noticing and accepting (10:25). Lisa considers whether it’s possible to be both hostile and curious (15:28) and the two compare their relative skill with curiosity in regular life (21:18). Lisa brings in the example of the Beautiful Anonymous podcast and Ted wonders if it’s easier to be curious with strangers (26:31) before they together explore Advance-Color-Emotion and other improv exercises that can be played in “stealth mode” (34:56). They close by discussing the benefits about getting curious about others’ curiousness—and by turning that lens on themselves (42:33).
As always, please send a note, question, or comment if you feel so inspired: info@monsterbabypodcast.com. Thanks so much for listening—we love you all!

To subscribe, go to: http://monsterbabypodcast.com

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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Ted and Lisa get curious about curiosity in Monster Baby Episode #26! They laugh their way through the opening challenge of a few Line-at-a-Time Limericks (1:48) and then enter their topic in earnest around the five-minute mark (5:29). Ted and Lisa get curious about curiosity in Monster Baby Episode #26! They laugh their way through the opening challenge of a few Line-at-a-Time Limericks (1:48) and then enter their topic in earnest around the five-minute mark (5:29). They ask whether curiosity is fundamental to effective improv even though most teachers don’t talk about it explicitly (7:45) and then muse on the virtuous cycle of noticing and accepting (10:25). Lisa considers whether it’s possible to be both hostile and curious (15:28) and the two compare their relative skill with curiosity in regular life (21:18). Lisa brings in the example of the Beautiful Anonymous podcast and Ted wonders if it’s easier to be curious with strangers (26:31) before they together explore Advance-Color-Emotion and other improv exercises that can be played in “stealth mode” (34:56). They close by discussing the benefits about getting curious about others’ curiousness—and by turning that lens on themselves (42:33). Ted DesMaisons and Lisa Rowland clean 55:46 4027
Monster Baby #25 Be Average http://animalearning.com/2017/05/16/monster-baby-25-average/ Tue, 16 May 2017 11:50:20 +0000 http://animalearning.com/?p=4013 http://animalearning.com/2017/05/16/monster-baby-25-average/#respond http://animalearning.com/2017/05/16/monster-baby-25-average/feed/ 0 <p>In Episode #25, Ted and Lisa dive into the paradoxical wisdom in the Improv maxim “Be Average.” They start with a chat about the San Francisco production of Hamilton and time they each spent with Moms (1:53) before introducing the subject of the day (6:48). They explore the value of just mucking about and the need <a class="more-link" href="http://animalearning.com/2017/05/16/monster-baby-25-average/">[more…]</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://animalearning.com/2017/05/16/monster-baby-25-average/">Monster Baby #25 Be Average</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://animalearning.com">Anima Learning</a>.</p> MonsterBabyLogo

In Episode #25, Ted and Lisa dive into the paradoxical wisdom in the Improv maxim “Be Average.” They start with a chat about the San Francisco production of Hamilton and time they each spent with Moms (1:53) before introducing the subject of the day (6:48). They explore the value of just mucking about and the need to better “understand the stones” (13:43) and then ask in what situations this advice holds true (16:43). Together,  they discuss if beginners can be as successful as long-time practitioners (18:32) and Lisa details how she takes specific comfort in the maxim (21:57). As devil’s advocates, they ask if there’s also value in pushing yourself (24:46) and consider why it is that we (or they) want to be excellent (28:46). To close the podcast, they move into the deeper philosophy behind the maxim, reintroducing Hamilton and introducing Buddhist Right Intention, (34:04) and name the next things they’ll each be average about (41:09).
As always, please send a note, question, or comment if you feel so inspired: info@monsterbabypodcast.com. Thanks so much for listening—we love you all!

 

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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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In Episode #25, Ted and Lisa dive into the paradoxical wisdom in the Improv maxim “Be Average.” They start with a chat about the San Francisco production of Hamilton and time they each spent with Moms (1:53) before introducing the subject of the day (6... In Episode #25, Ted and Lisa dive into the paradoxical wisdom in the Improv maxim “Be Average.” They start with a chat about the San Francisco production of Hamilton and time they each spent with Moms (1:53) before introducing the subject of the day (6:48). They explore the value of just mucking about and the need to better “understand the stones” (13:43) and then ask in what situations this advice holds true (16:43). Together, they discuss if beginners can be as successful as long-time practitioners (18:32) and Lisa details how she takes specific comfort in the maxim (21:57). As devil's advocates, they ask if there’s also value in pushing yourself (24:46) and consider why it is that we (or they) want to be excellent (28:46). To close the podcast, they move into the deeper philosophy behind the maxim, reintroducing Hamilton and introducing Buddhist Right Intention, (34:04) and name the next things they’ll each be average about (41:09).<br /> <br /> As always, please send a note, question, or comment if you feel so inspired: info@monsterbabypodcast.com. Thanks so much for listening—we love you all!<br /> <br /> To subscribe, go to: http://monsterbabypodcast.com Ted DesMaisons and Lisa Rowland clean 51:18 4013
Monster Baby #24: Get Presence http://animalearning.com/2017/04/26/monster-baby-24-get-presence/ Wed, 26 Apr 2017 21:15:16 +0000 http://animalearning.com/?p=3994 http://animalearning.com/2017/04/26/monster-baby-24-get-presence/#respond http://animalearning.com/2017/04/26/monster-baby-24-get-presence/feed/ 0 <p>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). <a class="more-link" href="http://animalearning.com/2017/04/26/monster-baby-24-get-presence/">[more…]</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://animalearning.com/2017/04/26/monster-baby-24-get-presence/">Monster Baby #24: Get Presence</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://animalearning.com">Anima Learning</a>.</p> MonsterBabyLogo

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)

As always, please send a note, question, or comment if you feel so inspired: info@monsterbabypodcast.com. Thanks so much for listening—we love you all!

 

To subscribe, go to: http://monsterbabypodcast.com

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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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-host... 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)<br /> <br /> As always, please send a note, question, or comment if you feel so inspired: info@monsterbabypodcast.com. Thanks so much for listening—we love you all!<br /> <br /> To subscribe, go to: http://monsterbabypodcast.com <br /> Ted DesMaisons and Lisa Rowland clean 59:50 3994
Monster Baby #23: Attitude of Gratitude http://animalearning.com/2017/04/02/monster-baby-23-attitude-gratitude/ Sun, 02 Apr 2017 04:20:23 +0000 http://animalearning.com/?p=3971 http://animalearning.com/2017/04/02/monster-baby-23-attitude-gratitude/#respond http://animalearning.com/2017/04/02/monster-baby-23-attitude-gratitude/feed/ 0 <p>Episode #23 finds Ted and Lisa taking on an attitude of gratitude. A humorous warm-up (1:46) gets the ball rolling before the co-hosts start to clarify how gratitude differs from simply acknowledging what we like (6:18). They touch on gratitude’s relationship to vulnerability (12:34) and whether we can ever offer enough thanks for some of <a class="more-link" href="http://animalearning.com/2017/04/02/monster-baby-23-attitude-gratitude/">[more…]</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://animalearning.com/2017/04/02/monster-baby-23-attitude-gratitude/">Monster Baby #23: Attitude of Gratitude</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://animalearning.com">Anima Learning</a>.</p> MonsterBabyLogo

Episode #23 finds Ted and Lisa taking on an attitude of gratitude. A humorous warm-up (1:46) gets the ball rolling before the co-hosts start to clarify how gratitude differs from simply acknowledging what we like (6:18). They touch on gratitude’s relationship to vulnerability (12:34) and whether we can ever offer enough thanks for some of the gifts in our lives (17:17). They discuss how gratitude can serve as a tone-setter or lens-shaper (21:46) and consider the problematic implications of the common aphorism “Everything happens for a reason.” (24:57) Ted hearkens back to an old New Age standard when considering synchronicities and whether believing in luck makes you more lucky (31:22) and Lisa outlines the humorous approach found at San Francisco’s Gratitude Café (35:43). Ted’s favorite pre-show improv practice gets them into the topic of priming (39:07), Lisa tries out a Toothache Meditation, and Ted introduces the concept of “pronoia.” (41:25) They close the episode after finding a new way to understand and use the word “gratitude” itself. (47:35)

 

As always, please send a note, question, or comment if you feel so inspired: info@monsterbabypodcast.com. Thanks so much for listening—we love you all!

 

To subscribe, go to: http://monsterbabypodcast.com

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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Episode #23 finds Ted and Lisa taking on an attitude of gratitude. A humorous warm-up (1:46) gets the ball rolling before the co-hosts start to clarify how gratitude differs from simply acknowledging what we like (6:18). Episode #23 finds Ted and Lisa taking on an attitude of gratitude. A humorous warm-up (1:46) gets the ball rolling before the co-hosts start to clarify how gratitude differs from simply acknowledging what we like (6:18). They touch on gratitude’s relationship to vulnerability (12:34) and whether we can ever offer enough thanks for some of the gifts in our lives (17:17). They discuss how gratitude can serve as a tone-setter or lens-shaper (21:46) and consider the problematic implications of the common aphorism “Everything happens for a reason.” (24:57) Ted hearkens back to an old New Age standard when considering synchronicities and whether believing in luck makes you more lucky (31:22) and Lisa outlines the humorous approach found at San Francisco’s Gratitude Café (35:43). Ted’s favorite pre-show improv practice gets them into the topic of priming (39:07), Lisa tries out a Toothache Meditation, and Ted introduces the concept of “pronoia.” (41:25) They close the episode after finding a new way to understand and use the word “gratitude” itself. (47:35)<br /> <br /> As always, please send a note, question, or comment if you feel so inspired: info@monsterbabypodcast.com. Thanks so much for listening—we love you all!<br /> <br /> To subscribe, go to: http://monsterbabypodcast.com <br /> Ted DesMaisons and Lisa Rowland clean 59:45 3971
Monster Baby #22: A Cup of Courage http://animalearning.com/2017/03/09/monster-baby-22-cup-courage/ Thu, 09 Mar 2017 23:24:24 +0000 http://animalearning.com/?p=3952 http://animalearning.com/2017/03/09/monster-baby-22-cup-courage/#comments http://animalearning.com/2017/03/09/monster-baby-22-cup-courage/feed/ 1 <p>In Episode #22, Ted and Lisa share a conversational cup of courage. A brief and playful check-in (1:59) leads to defining what they mean by courage (4:27) and together, they wonder if Lisa’s courageous to do improv (8:52). Ted considers the last time he felt particularly courageous (11:51) and Lisa shares some stories about dating <a class="more-link" href="http://animalearning.com/2017/03/09/monster-baby-22-cup-courage/">[more…]</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://animalearning.com/2017/03/09/monster-baby-22-cup-courage/">Monster Baby #22: A Cup of Courage</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://animalearning.com">Anima Learning</a>.</p> MonsterBabyLogo

In Episode #22, Ted and Lisa share a conversational cup of courage. A brief and playful check-in (1:59) leads to defining what they mean by courage (4:27) and together, they wonder if Lisa’s courageous to do improv (8:52). Ted considers the last time he felt particularly courageous (11:51) and Lisa shares some stories about dating and nervousness of performing guitar in public (17:42). They both consider how improv games can build courage muscles (21:14) and then explore how mindfulness de-fangs the cobra of fear so we can dive deeper into our daily experience (30:37). Ted introduces the connection between courage and tenderness and the importance of support from others (35:46) and Lisa engages with the improv mindset of “Go into the cave.” (39:23). The two conclude the episode by promoting the notion of profligate practice as a method for developing courage (49:23).

 

As always, please send a note, question, or comment if you feel so inspired: info@monsterbabypodcast.com. Thanks so much for listening—we love you all!

To subscribe, go to: http://monsterbabypodcast.com

 

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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In Episode #22, Ted and Lisa share a conversational cup of courage. A brief and playful check-in (1:59) leads to defining what they mean by courage (4:27) and together, they wonder if Lisa’s courageous to do improv (8:52). In Episode #22, Ted and Lisa share a conversational cup of courage. A brief and playful check-in (1:59) leads to defining what they mean by courage (4:27) and together, they wonder if Lisa’s courageous to do improv (8:52). Ted considers the last time he felt particularly courageous (11:51) and Lisa shares some stories about dating and nervousness of performing guitar in public (17:42). They both consider how improv games can build courage muscles (21:14) and then explore how mindfulness de-fangs the cobra of fear so we can dive deeper into our daily experience (30:37). Ted introduces the connection between courage and tenderness and the importance of support from others (35:46) and Lisa engages with the improv mindset of “Go into the cave.” (39:23). The two conclude the episode by promoting the notion of profligate practice as a method for developing courage (49:23).<br /> <br /> As always, please send a note, question, or comment if you feel so inspired: info@monsterbabypodcast.com. Thanks so much for listening—we love you all!<br /> <br /> To subscribe, go to: http://monsterbabypodcast.com <br /> Ted DesMaisons and Lisa Rowland clean 59:32 3952
Monster Baby #21: Puzzle Nuzzle http://animalearning.com/2017/02/04/monster-baby-21-puzzle-nuzzle/ Sun, 05 Feb 2017 03:34:54 +0000 http://animalearning.com/?p=3940 http://animalearning.com/2017/02/04/monster-baby-21-puzzle-nuzzle/#respond http://animalearning.com/2017/02/04/monster-baby-21-puzzle-nuzzle/feed/ 0 <p>Ted and Lisa welcome special guest (and Jeopardy contestant-to-be) Troy Steinmetz for a conversation about the wisdom of puzzles. They enter a warm-up game midstream to consider different kinds of puzzles (3:47) before Troy gets the group talking about flow and ideal challenge levels (13:37). Lisa introduces the notion of “futzing about” and puzzling for <a class="more-link" href="http://animalearning.com/2017/02/04/monster-baby-21-puzzle-nuzzle/">[more…]</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://animalearning.com/2017/02/04/monster-baby-21-puzzle-nuzzle/">Monster Baby #21: Puzzle Nuzzle</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://animalearning.com">Anima Learning</a>.</p> MonsterBabyLogo

Ted and Lisa welcome special guest (and Jeopardy contestant-to-be) Troy Steinmetz for a conversation about the wisdom of puzzles. They enter a warm-up game midstream to consider different kinds of puzzles (3:47) before Troy gets the group talking about flow and ideal challenge levels (13:37). Lisa introduces the notion of “futzing about” and puzzling for the puzzle’s sake (20:08) which reminds Ted of Karma Yoga—which then gets the group thinking about fundraising, Burning Man, and sand mandalas (23:40). Troy wonders about the Quantified Self and how we measure the success of different types of mindfulness (31:59) and the trio discusses when it’s right to walk away from a puzzle, “tease the knot,” or wait for the charmed rabbit (36:04). They close the podcast by considering the notion of a center of gravity between creators and what’s created (41:22) and how effort and preparation precede the “gift” of insight or inspiration (46:55).

 

As always, please send a note, question, or comment if you feel so inspired: info@monsterbabypodcast.com. Thanks so much for listening—we love you all!

 

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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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Ted and Lisa welcome special guest (and Jeopardy contestant-to-be) Troy Steinmetz for a conversation about the wisdom of puzzles. They enter a warm-up game midstream to consider different kinds of puzzles (3:47) before Troy gets the group talking about... Ted and Lisa welcome special guest (and Jeopardy contestant-to-be) Troy Steinmetz for a conversation about the wisdom of puzzles. They enter a warm-up game midstream to consider different kinds of puzzles (3:47) before Troy gets the group talking about flow and ideal challenge levels (13:37). Lisa introduces the notion of “futzing about” and puzzling for the puzzle’s sake (20:08) which reminds Ted of Karma Yoga—which then gets the group thinking about fundraising, Burning Man, and sand mandalas (23:40). Troy wonders about the Quantified Self and how we measure the success of different types of mindfulness (31:59) and the trio discusses when it’s right to walk away from a puzzle, “tease the knot,” or wait for the charmed rabbit (36:04). They close the podcast by considering the notion of a center of gravity between creators and what’s created (41:22) and how effort and preparation precede the “gift” of insight or inspiration (46:55). <br /> <br /> As always, please send a note, question, or comment if you feel so inspired: info@monsterbabypodcast.com. Thanks so much for listening—we love you all!<br /> <br /> To subscribe, go to: http://monsterbabypodcast.com <br /> Ted DesMaisons and Lisa Rowland clean 58:07 3940
Monster Baby #20: Adventure Time! http://animalearning.com/2017/01/05/monster-baby-20-adventure-time/ Thu, 05 Jan 2017 22:07:13 +0000 http://animalearning.com/?p=3875 http://animalearning.com/2017/01/05/monster-baby-20-adventure-time/#respond http://animalearning.com/2017/01/05/monster-baby-20-adventure-time/feed/ 0 <p>For their first podcast of 2017, Lisa and Ted venture into the world of adventure. They demonstrate an adventurous improv game of “What Comes Next?” (1:43), define what they mean by adventure (6:59), and describe why a Keith Johnstone quote (10:07 ) and an exercise called “The Quest” (13:08) get them jazzed about the topic. <a class="more-link" href="http://animalearning.com/2017/01/05/monster-baby-20-adventure-time/">[more…]</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://animalearning.com/2017/01/05/monster-baby-20-adventure-time/">Monster Baby #20: Adventure Time!</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://animalearning.com">Anima Learning</a>.</p> MonsterBabyLogo

For their first podcast of 2017, Lisa and Ted venture into the world of adventure. They demonstrate an adventurous improv game of “What Comes Next?” (1:43), define what they mean by adventure (6:59), and describe why a Keith Johnstone quote (10:07 ) and an exercise called “The Quest” (13:08) get them jazzed about the topic. They explore how adventure can generate both mindfulness and affection (19:43) and whether you can prepare for adventure (21:37) before Lisa describes her exploits in an Argentina night club (26:47). Ted gets personal, sharing how he brings adventure into his life (32:38) and how therapy, tackle football and Carol Dweck taught him about resilience (39:00). The two discuss adventures on the horizon (43:33) and how we always have the power of “Nope!” at our disposal (50:09).

As always, please send a note, question, or comment if you feel so inspired: info@monsterbabypodcast.com. Thanks so much for listening—we love you all!

To subscribe, go to: http://monsterbabypodcast.com

 

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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For their first podcast of 2017, Lisa and Ted venture into the world of adventure. They demonstrate an adventurous improv game of “What Comes Next?” (1:43), define what they mean by adventure (6:59), and describe why a Keith Johnstone quote (10:07 ) an... For their first podcast of 2017, Lisa and Ted venture into the world of adventure. They demonstrate an adventurous improv game of “What Comes Next?” (1:43), define what they mean by adventure (6:59), and describe why a Keith Johnstone quote (10:07 ) and an exercise called “The Quest” (13:08) get them jazzed about the topic. They explore how adventure can generate both mindfulness and affection (19:43) and whether you can prepare for adventure (21:37) before Lisa describes her exploits in an Argentina night club (26:47). Ted gets personal, sharing how he brings adventure into his life (32:38) and how therapy, tackle football and Carol Dweck taught him about resilience (39:00). The two discuss adventures on the horizon (43:33) and how we always have the power of “Nope!” at our disposal (50:09). <br /> <br /> As always, please send a note, question, or comment if you feel so inspired: info@monsterbabypodcast.com. Thanks so much for listening—we love you all!<br /> <br /> To subscribe, go to: http://monsterbabypodcast.com <br /> Ted DesMaisons and Lisa Rowland clean 59:27 3875
Monster Baby #19: The Monster Baby Mailbag! http://animalearning.com/2016/12/15/monster-baby-19-monster-baby-mailbag/ Thu, 15 Dec 2016 21:05:05 +0000 http://animalearning.com/?p=3851 http://animalearning.com/2016/12/15/monster-baby-19-monster-baby-mailbag/#respond http://animalearning.com/2016/12/15/monster-baby-19-monster-baby-mailbag/feed/ 0 <p>In the inaugural Monster Baby Mailbag episode, Ted and Lisa (and Lisa’s cats) take questions from a few loyal listeners. They wonder whether Monster Baby friendships are different from other connections (3:49), explore the tension between discovery and invention in both improv and mindfulness (15:32), celebrate an adventurous attitude for choices both large and small (25:28), and marvel <a class="more-link" href="http://animalearning.com/2016/12/15/monster-baby-19-monster-baby-mailbag/">[more…]</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://animalearning.com/2016/12/15/monster-baby-19-monster-baby-mailbag/">Monster Baby #19: The Monster Baby Mailbag!</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://animalearning.com">Anima Learning</a>.</p> MonsterBabyLogo

In the inaugural Monster Baby Mailbag episode, Ted and Lisa (and Lisa’s cats) take questions from a few loyal listeners. They wonder whether Monster Baby friendships are different from other connections (3:49), explore the tension between discovery and invention in both improv and mindfulness (15:32), celebrate an adventurous attitude for choices both large and small (25:28), and marvel at ways in which such approaches can help transform decades-old difficult experiences (31:59).

As always, please send a note, question, or comment if you feel so inspired: info@monsterbabypodcast.com. Thanks so much for listening—we love you all!

To subscribe, go to: http://monsterbabypodcast.com

 

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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In the inaugural Monster Baby Mailbag episode, Ted and Lisa (and Lisa’s cats) take questions from a few loyal listeners. They wonder whether Monster Baby friendships are different from other connections (3:49), In the inaugural Monster Baby Mailbag episode, Ted and Lisa (and Lisa’s cats) take questions from a few loyal listeners. They wonder whether Monster Baby friendships are different from other connections (3:49), explore the tension between discovery and invention in both improv and mindfulness (15:32), celebrate an adventurous attitude for choices both large and small (25:28), and marvel at ways in which such approaches can help transform decades-old difficult experiences (31:59).<br /> <br /> As always, please send a note, question, or comment if you feel so inspired: info@monsterbabypodcast.com. Thanks so much for listening—we love you all!<br /> <br /> To subscribe, go to: http://monsterbabypodcast.com <br /> Ted DesMaisons and Lisa Rowland clean 46:41 3851
Monster Baby #18: Harmony http://animalearning.com/2016/12/03/monster-baby-18-harmony/ Sat, 03 Dec 2016 20:45:56 +0000 http://animalearning.com/?p=3841 http://animalearning.com/2016/12/03/monster-baby-18-harmony/#respond http://animalearning.com/2016/12/03/monster-baby-18-harmony/feed/ 0 <p>What is harmony and what the heck makes it so delicious, both literally and metaphorically? Ted and Lisa start with a modified round of “Three Things!” (2:34) and then explain what made them chose today’s topic (7:08). Ted shares his impressions of Lisa’s erstwhile musical improv group, Lombard Street Experiment (12:06) and the pair considers <a class="more-link" href="http://animalearning.com/2016/12/03/monster-baby-18-harmony/">[more…]</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://animalearning.com/2016/12/03/monster-baby-18-harmony/">Monster Baby #18: Harmony</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://animalearning.com">Anima Learning</a>.</p> MonsterBabyLogo

What is harmony and what the heck makes it so delicious, both literally and metaphorically? Ted and Lisa start with a modified round of “Three Things!” (2:34) and then explain what made them chose today’s topic (7:08). Ted shares his impressions of Lisa’s erstwhile musical improv group, Lombard Street Experiment (12:06) and the pair considers whether some people just don’t care about harmony. (14:30). They explore how we can expand our ears to include new and unexpected sounds (17:39) and delight in the magic moment of separate parts coming together for the first time (20:19). They consider how harmony relates to mindfulness (24:40) and whether one can learn how to “do” harmony (32:01). Per usual, Ted and Lisa consider whether there’s a down side or “shadow” to the subject (43:30) and what might make up the value of an intentional practice of harmony (48:07). The episode closes with a musical example drawn from Ted’s and Lisa’s summer camp past lives (51:09). Listen all the way through for a special hidden track treat!

 

As always, please send a note, question, or comment if you feel so inspired: info@monsterbabypodcast.com. Thanks so much for listening—we love you all!

To subscribe, go to: http://monsterbabypodcast.com

 

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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What is harmony and what the heck makes it so delicious, both literally and metaphorically? Ted and Lisa start with a modified round of “Three Things!” (2:34) and then explain what made them chose today’s topic (7:08). What is harmony and what the heck makes it so delicious, both literally and metaphorically? Ted and Lisa start with a modified round of “Three Things!” (2:34) and then explain what made them chose today’s topic (7:08). Ted shares his impressions of Lisa’s erstwhile musical improv group, Lombard Street Experiment (12:06) and the pair considers whether some people just don't care about harmony. (14:30). They explore how we can expand our ears to include new and unexpected sounds (17:39) and delight in the magic moment of separate parts coming together for the first time (20:19). They consider how harmony relates to mindfulness (24:40) and whether one can learn how to “do” harmony (32:01). Per usual, Ted and Lisa consider whether there’s a down side or “shadow” to the subject (43:30) and what might make up the value of an intentional practice of harmony (48:07). The episode closes with a musical example drawn from Ted’s and Lisa’s summer camp past lives (51:09). Listen all the way through for a special hidden track treat!<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> As always, please send a note, question, or comment if you feel so inspired: info@monsterbabypodcast.com. Thanks so much for listening—we love you all!<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> To subscribe, go to: http://monsterbabypodcast.com Ted DesMaisons and Lisa Rowland clean 58:16 3841
Monster Baby #17: Post-Election Reflections http://animalearning.com/2016/11/11/monster-baby-17-post-election-reflections/ Sat, 12 Nov 2016 00:43:45 +0000 http://animalearning.com/?p=3822 http://animalearning.com/2016/11/11/monster-baby-17-post-election-reflections/#respond http://animalearning.com/2016/11/11/monster-baby-17-post-election-reflections/feed/ 0 <p>After a world-changing, head-spinning Election Day outcome, Lisa and Ted turn to each other to process their emotional turmoil. Lisa relays the experience of her first post-result class at Stanford and asks, “How can we play or teach when we’re in the face of a devastating loss?” (2:28) They discuss how mindful sharing offers one <a class="more-link" href="http://animalearning.com/2016/11/11/monster-baby-17-post-election-reflections/">[more…]</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://animalearning.com/2016/11/11/monster-baby-17-post-election-reflections/">Monster Baby #17: Post-Election Reflections</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://animalearning.com">Anima Learning</a>.</p> MonsterBabyLogo

After a world-changing, head-spinning Election Day outcome, Lisa and Ted turn to each other to process their emotional turmoil. Lisa relays the experience of her first post-result class at Stanford and asks, “How can we play or teach when we’re in the face of a devastating loss?” (2:28) They discuss how mindful sharing offers one path to integration and healing (14:17) and how leaning on the practices of mindfulness or improv can help during times of intense disappointment (16:06). Ted wants to acknowledge the trouble with the meant-to-comfort phrase “Everything happens for a reason” (22:54) and Lisa wonders if we’re all still on the same team (26:45). The two explore the ongoing need for play (31:25) and then take up the benefits of a Brechtian approach to improv and social issues (35:39). Ted wonders if Donald Trump would make a good improvisor and the two close with a small bit of laughter as a salve. (48:32)

As always, please send a note, question, or comment if you feel so inspired: info@monsterbabypodcast.com. Thanks so much for listening—we love you all!

 

To subscribe, go to: http://monsterbabypodcast.com

 

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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After a world-changing, head-spinning Election Day outcome, Lisa and Ted turn to each other to process their emotional turmoil. Lisa relays the experience of her first post-result class at Stanford and asks, After a world-changing, head-spinning Election Day outcome, Lisa and Ted turn to each other to process their emotional turmoil. Lisa relays the experience of her first post-result class at Stanford and asks, “How can we play or teach when we’re in the face of a devastating loss?” (2:28) They discuss how mindful sharing offers one path to integration and healing (14:17) and how leaning on the practices of mindfulness or improv can help during times of intense disappointment (16:06). Ted wants to acknowledge the trouble with the meant-to-comfort phrase “Everything happens for a reason” (22:54) and Lisa wonders if we’re all still on the same team (26:45). The two explore the ongoing need for play (31:25) and then take up the benefits of a Brechtian approach to improv and social issues (35:39). Ted wonders if Donald Trump would make a good improvisor and the two close with a small bit of laughter as a salve. (48:32) Ted DesMaisons and Lisa Rowland clean 52:53 3822
Monster Baby #16: A Conversation with Patricia Ryan Madson (Part 2) http://animalearning.com/2016/11/10/monster-baby-16-conversation-patricia-ryan-madson-part-2/ Thu, 10 Nov 2016 20:46:41 +0000 http://animalearning.com/?p=3818 http://animalearning.com/2016/11/10/monster-baby-16-conversation-patricia-ryan-madson-part-2/#respond http://animalearning.com/2016/11/10/monster-baby-16-conversation-patricia-ryan-madson-part-2/feed/ 0 <p>  Lisa and Ted continue their conversation with teacher and mentor, Patricia Ryan Madson, drama teacher and author of the acclaimed Improv Wisdom. In this segment, Patricia explained how she first learned to say “Yes, and” from impro master Ketih Johnstone (1:09) and how one can approach improv games from multiple angles (5:06). The three <a class="more-link" href="http://animalearning.com/2016/11/10/monster-baby-16-conversation-patricia-ryan-madson-part-2/">[more…]</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://animalearning.com/2016/11/10/monster-baby-16-conversation-patricia-ryan-madson-part-2/">Monster Baby #16: A Conversation with Patricia Ryan Madson (Part 2)</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://animalearning.com">Anima Learning</a>.</p>  

Chillin' with Patricia in El Granada.

Chillin’ with Patricia in El Granada.

Lisa and Ted continue their conversation with teacher and mentor, Patricia Ryan Madson, drama teacher and author of the acclaimed Improv Wisdom. In this segment, Patricia explained how she first learned to say “Yes, and” from impro master Ketih Johnstone (1:09) and how one can approach improv games from multiple angles (5:06). The three discuss whether Reality has a design and the value of liking and not liking our circumstances (7:25) before moving on to Patricia’s most helpful improv maxim (10:40) and most challenging one (16:04). Ted and Lisa acknowledge their favorite maxims from Patricia’s book (19:00) and Patricia notes something she’s particularly proud of (25:59). Part Two comes to a close when Patricia has the opportunity to turn the tables on her hosts (32:01) and Ted and Lisa get the chance to reflect on their experience of the episode (36:17).

 

As always, please send a note, question, or comment if you feel so inspired: info@monsterbabypodcast.com. Thanks so much for listening—we love you all!

To subscribe, go to: http://monsterbabypodcast.com

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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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  Lisa and Ted continue their conversation with teacher and mentor, Patricia Ryan Madson, drama teacher and author of the acclaimed Improv Wisdom. In this segment, Patricia explained how she first learned to say “Yes, Lisa and Ted continue their conversation with teacher and mentor, Patricia Ryan Madson, drama teacher and author of the acclaimed Improv Wisdom. In this segment, Patricia explained how she first learned to say “Yes, and” from impro master Ketih Johnstone (1:09) and how one can approach improv games from multiple angles (5:06). The three discuss whether Reality has a design and the value of liking and not liking our circumstances (7:25) before moving on to Patricia’s most helpful improv maxim (10:40) and most challenging one (16:04). Ted and Lisa acknowledge their favorite maxims from Patricia’s book (19:00) and Patricia notes something she’s particularly proud of (25:59). Part Two comes to a close when Patricia has the opportunity to turn the tables on her hosts (32:01) and Ted and Lisa get the chance to reflect on their experience of the episode (36:17). Ted DesMaisons and Lisa Rowland clean 41:45 3818
Monster Baby #15: A Conversation with Patricia Ryan Madson (Part 1) http://animalearning.com/2016/11/08/monster-baby-15-conversation-patricia-ryan-madson-part-1/ Tue, 08 Nov 2016 18:42:59 +0000 http://animalearning.com/?p=3806 http://animalearning.com/2016/11/08/monster-baby-15-conversation-patricia-ryan-madson-part-1/#respond http://animalearning.com/2016/11/08/monster-baby-15-conversation-patricia-ryan-madson-part-1/feed/ 0 <p>  Lisa and Ted welcome their teacher and mentor, Patricia Ryan Madson, drama teacher and author of the acclaimed Improv Wisdom, for a two-part Monster Baby conversation. They explore how mindfulness and improv first joined together in Patricia’s work (3:21) and how the Stanford Improvisors first came into being, both as a learning/performance group and <a class="more-link" href="http://animalearning.com/2016/11/08/monster-baby-15-conversation-patricia-ryan-madson-part-1/">[more…]</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://animalearning.com/2016/11/08/monster-baby-15-conversation-patricia-ryan-madson-part-1/">Monster Baby #15: A Conversation with Patricia Ryan Madson (Part 1)</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://animalearning.com">Anima Learning</a>.</p>  

Chillin' with Patricia in El Granada.

Chillin’ with Patricia in El Granada.

Lisa and Ted welcome their teacher and mentor, Patricia Ryan Madson, drama teacher and author of the acclaimed Improv Wisdom, for a two-part Monster Baby conversation. They explore how mindfulness and improv first joined together in Patricia’s work (3:21) and how the Stanford Improvisors first came into being, both as a learning/performance group and as an ongoing supportive community. Patricia notes how she was able to leverage Stanford’s status to helpful effect (17:36) and shares a surprising note about how she feels about performing improv (20:14). Ted and Lisa ask about improv as a “lifeway” (27:01) and, in particular, how the Constructive Living model of David K Reynolds proposes new ways of recognizing our debt to capital-R Reality (31:02). Part One closes by offering a curious alternative to the goal of developing self-esteem. (44:22) Stay tuned for Part Two of the conversation in Episode #16!

 

As always, please send a note, question, or comment if you feel so inspired: info@monsterbabypodcast.com. Thanks so much for listening—we love you all!

To subscribe, go to: http://monsterbabypodcast.com

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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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  Lisa and Ted welcome their teacher and mentor, Patricia Ryan Madson, drama teacher and author of the acclaimed Improv Wisdom, for a two-part Monster Baby conversation. They explore how mindfulness and improv first joined together in Patricia’s work (... Lisa and Ted welcome their teacher and mentor, Patricia Ryan Madson, drama teacher and author of the acclaimed Improv Wisdom, for a two-part Monster Baby conversation. They explore how mindfulness and improv first joined together in Patricia’s work (3:21) and how the Stanford Improvisors first came into being, both as a learning/performance group and as an ongoing supportive community. Patricia notes how she was able to leverage Stanford’s status to helpful effect (17:36) and shares a surprising note about how she feels about performing improv (20:14). Ted and Lisa ask about improv as a “lifeway” (27:01) and, in particular, how the Constructive Living model of David K Reynolds proposes new ways of recognizing our debt to capital-R Reality (31:02). Part One closes by offering a curious alternative to the goal of developing self-esteem. (44:22) Stay tuned for Part Two of the conversation in Episode #16!<br /> <br /> As always, please send a note, question, or comment if you feel so inspired: info@monsterbabypodcast.com. Thanks so much for listening—we love you all!<br /> <br /> To subscribe, go to: http://monsterbabypodcast.com<br /> Ted DesMaisons and Lisa Rowland clean 52:03 3806
Monster Baby #6: The Power of Positivity http://animalearning.com/2016/05/23/monster-baby-6-power-positivity/ Mon, 23 May 2016 23:05:12 +0000 http://animalearning.com/?p=3577 http://animalearning.com/2016/05/23/monster-baby-6-power-positivity/#respond http://animalearning.com/2016/05/23/monster-baby-6-power-positivity/feed/ 0 <p>Inspired by a new workshop they led in western Massachusetts, Ted and Lisa explore why we should talk about positivity (1:25) in improv and mindfulness, how one of Lisa’s improv groups has learned to make positive starts (16:05), and how beginning from gratitude lays the groundwork for transformation. (22:50). They also wonder about the perils <a class="more-link" href="http://animalearning.com/2016/05/23/monster-baby-6-power-positivity/">[more…]</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://animalearning.com/2016/05/23/monster-baby-6-power-positivity/">Monster Baby #6: The Power of Positivity</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://animalearning.com">Anima Learning</a>.</p> MonsterBabyLogo

Inspired by a new workshop they led in western Massachusetts, Ted and Lisa explore why we should talk about positivity (1:25) in improv and mindfulness, how one of Lisa’s improv groups has learned to make positive starts (16:05), and how beginning from gratitude lays the groundwork for transformation. (22:50). They also wonder about the perils that James Bond always has to face right off the bat (27:58) and introduce the Story Spine (28:48) and their new Positivity Spectrum exercise (34:33). Ted shares a helpful cloud image from the mindfulness world (46:07) and they close with an examination of the many stories we tell ourselves (56:40). It’s a longer ‘cast than normal so feel free to break it up as needed. And let us know what you think by sending a note to info@monsterbabypodcast.com. Thanks for 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.

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Inspired by a new workshop they led in western Massachusetts, Ted and Lisa explore why we should talk about positivity (1:25) in improv and mindfulness, how one of Lisa’s improv groups has learned to make positive starts (16:05), Inspired by a new workshop they led in western Massachusetts, Ted and Lisa explore why we should talk about positivity (1:25) in improv and mindfulness, how one of Lisa’s improv groups has learned to make positive starts (16:05), and how beginning from gratitude lays the groundwork for transformation. (22:50). They also wonder about the perils that James Bond always has to face right off the bat (27:58) and introduce the Story Spine (28:48) and their new Positivity Spectrum exercise (34:33). Ted shares a helpful cloud image from the mindfulness world (46:07) and they close with an examination of the many stories we tell ourselves (56:40). It’s a longer ‘cast than normal so feel free to break it up as needed. And let us know what you think by sending a note to info@monsterbabypodcast.com. Thanks for listening! <br /> <br /> Http://monsterbabypodcast.com<br /> Ted DesMaisons and Lisa Rowland clean 1:10:06 3577
Monster Baby #5: Aspiration and Acceptance http://animalearning.com/2016/05/11/monster-baby-5-aspiration-acceptance/ Wed, 11 May 2016 22:42:22 +0000 http://animalearning.com/?p=3568 http://animalearning.com/2016/05/11/monster-baby-5-aspiration-acceptance/#respond http://animalearning.com/2016/05/11/monster-baby-5-aspiration-acceptance/feed/ 0 <p>In Episode #5, Ted and Lisa play with the tension between accepting what is and aspiring to excellence, starting with a game of Clover (3:19) and exploring whether mindfulness and improv are easy or hard—and how “hard” often leads to feelings of “not good enough” (7:02). They discuss the importance of a strong biochemical foundation <a class="more-link" href="http://animalearning.com/2016/05/11/monster-baby-5-aspiration-acceptance/">[more…]</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://animalearning.com/2016/05/11/monster-baby-5-aspiration-acceptance/">Monster Baby #5: Aspiration and Acceptance</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://animalearning.com">Anima Learning</a>.</p> MonsterBabyLogo

In Episode #5, Ted and Lisa play with the tension between accepting what is and aspiring to excellence, starting with a game of Clover (3:19) and exploring whether mindfulness and improv are easy or hard—and how “hard” often leads to feelings of “not good enough” (7:02). They discuss the importance of a strong biochemical foundation (15:33) and what else gets in the way of our best selves (18:39), ultimately asking if desire to do well actually helps us do well (23:05). Using a Zen koan about picking and choosing (28:17) and a quotation from Alan Watts (47:28), they discuss their own aspirations and why process goals may serve us better than product goals.

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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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In Episode #5, Ted and Lisa play with the tension between accepting what is and aspiring to excellence, starting with a game of Clover (3:19) and exploring whether mindfulness and improv are easy or hard—and how “hard” often leads to feelings of “not g... Ted and Lisa play with the tension between accepting what is and aspiring to excellence, starting with a game of Clover (3:19) and exploring whether mindfulness and improv are easy or hard—and how “hard” often leads to feelings of “not good enough” (7:02). They discuss the importance of a strong biochemical foundation (15:33) and what else gets in the way of our best selves (18:39), ultimately asking if desire to do well actually helps us do well (23:05). Using a Zen koan about picking and choosing (28:17) and a quotation from Alan Watts (47:28), they discuss their own aspirations and why process goals may serve us better than product goals. Enjoy! <br /> <br /> http://monsterbabypodcast.com Ted DesMaisons and Lisa Rowland clean 1:00:56 3568
Monster Baby #4: Shared Control http://animalearning.com/2016/04/26/monster-baby-4-shared-control/ Wed, 27 Apr 2016 00:54:08 +0000 http://animalearning.com/?p=3554 http://animalearning.com/2016/04/26/monster-baby-4-shared-control/#respond http://animalearning.com/2016/04/26/monster-baby-4-shared-control/feed/ 0 <p>Fresh off a trip to Phillips Exeter Academy, Ted and Lisa hop on the ‘cast to explore the fun and reward of sharing control in improvisation (5:53), Line-at-a-Time Drawing and what it has to do with Lisa’s trip to Buenos Aires (11:21), sharing control with life itself (15:58) and whether this approach is an elaborate <a class="more-link" href="http://animalearning.com/2016/04/26/monster-baby-4-shared-control/">[more…]</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://animalearning.com/2016/04/26/monster-baby-4-shared-control/">Monster Baby #4: Shared Control</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://animalearning.com">Anima Learning</a>.</p> MonsterBabyLogo

Fresh off a trip to Phillips Exeter Academy, Ted and Lisa hop on the ‘cast to explore the fun and reward of sharing control in improvisation (5:53), Line-at-a-Time Drawing and what it has to do with Lisa’s trip to Buenos Aires (11:21), sharing control with life itself (15:58) and whether this approach is an elaborate excuse for a lack of discipline (20:49). They close by circling back to the notion of living life one line at a time and delighting in that precarious space between life’s trapeze bars (33:18). Join the Monster Baby community by subscribing at the link below and please spread the word—enjoy!

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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Fresh off a trip to Phillips Exeter Academy, Ted and Lisa hop on the ‘cast to explore the fun and reward of sharing control in improvisation (5:53), Line-at-a-Time Drawing and what it has to do with Lisa’s trip to Buenos Aires (11:21), Fresh off a trip to Phillips Exeter Academy, Ted and Lisa hop on the ‘cast to explore the fun and reward of sharing control in improvisation (5:53), Line-at-a-Time Drawing and what it has to do with Lisa’s trip to Buenos Aires (11:21), sharing control with life itself (15:58) and whether this approach is an elaborate excuse for a lack of discipline (20:49). They close by circling back to the notion of living life one line at a time and delighting in that precarious space between life’s trapeze bars (33:18). Join the Monster Baby community by subscribing at the link below and please spread the word—enjoy!<br /> <br /> Http://monsterbabypodcast.com<br /> Ted DesMaisons and Lisa Rowland clean 42:15 3554
Monster Baby #3: Do Mindfulness and Improv Breed Community? http://animalearning.com/2016/04/20/monster-baby-podcast-3-mindfulness-improv-breed-community/ Wed, 20 Apr 2016 16:48:16 +0000 http://animalearning.com/?p=3520 http://animalearning.com/2016/04/20/monster-baby-podcast-3-mindfulness-improv-breed-community/#respond http://animalearning.com/2016/04/20/monster-baby-podcast-3-mindfulness-improv-breed-community/feed/ 0 <p>In Monster Baby Episode #3, Ted and Lisa explore the ways that improv and mindfulness create community (2:25), whether mindfulness generates excessive self-focus (17:36), and the need for a balance between activity and quiet (20:42). From there, they consider how community provides a “tribe” of belonging (29:40), how mindfulness and improv cultivate certain values (35:21), <a class="more-link" href="http://animalearning.com/2016/04/20/monster-baby-podcast-3-mindfulness-improv-breed-community/">[more…]</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://animalearning.com/2016/04/20/monster-baby-podcast-3-mindfulness-improv-breed-community/">Monster Baby #3: Do Mindfulness and Improv Breed Community?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://animalearning.com">Anima Learning</a>.</p> MonsterBabyLogo

In Monster Baby Episode #3, Ted and Lisa explore the ways that improv and mindfulness create community (2:25), whether mindfulness generates excessive self-focus (17:36), and the need for a balance between activity and quiet (20:42). From there, they consider how community provides a “tribe” of belonging (29:40), how mindfulness and improv cultivate certain values (35:21), and how quality presence heals (43:24). Listen in and get inspired for finding—or building—your own sense of belonging. Better yet, make sure to subscribe to the podcast and join the budding Monster Baby community. More good stuff to come!

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.

Make sure to subscribe to get all future episodes as well!

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In Monster Baby Episode #3, Ted and Lisa explore the ways that improv and mindfulness create community (2:25), whether mindfulness generates excessive self-focus (17:36), and the need for a balance between activity and quiet (20:42). From there, In Monster Baby Episode #3, Ted and Lisa explore the ways that improv and mindfulness create community (2:25), whether mindfulness generates excessive self-focus (17:36), and the need for a balance between activity and quiet (20:42). From there, they consider how community provides a “tribe” of belonging (29:40), how mindfulness and improv cultivate certain values (35:21), and how quality presence heals (43:24). Listen in and get inspired for finding—or building—your own sense of belonging. Better yet, make sure to subscribe to the podcast and join the budding Monster Baby community. More good stuff to come! Ted DesMaisons and Lisa Rowland clean 55:27 3520
Monster Baby #2: Defining Mindfulness and Impulse vs. Pause http://animalearning.com/2016/04/20/monster-baby-podcast-2-defining-mindfulness-impulse-vs-pause/ Wed, 20 Apr 2016 16:42:46 +0000 http://animalearning.com/?p=3518 http://animalearning.com/2016/04/20/monster-baby-podcast-2-defining-mindfulness-impulse-vs-pause/#respond http://animalearning.com/2016/04/20/monster-baby-podcast-2-defining-mindfulness-impulse-vs-pause/feed/ 0 <p>  In this second episode, Ted and Lisa dive into defining (or at least describing) mindfulness (3:37), discuss what mindfulness is not (16:53) and then explore how improvisation amplifies or differs from mindfulness (21:06). They close by talking about the tension between honoring our impulses and taking a mindfulness pause before acting (42:26). Thanks for <a class="more-link" href="http://animalearning.com/2016/04/20/monster-baby-podcast-2-defining-mindfulness-impulse-vs-pause/">[more…]</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://animalearning.com/2016/04/20/monster-baby-podcast-2-defining-mindfulness-impulse-vs-pause/">Monster Baby #2: Defining Mindfulness and Impulse vs. Pause</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://animalearning.com">Anima Learning</a>.</p>  

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In this second episode, Ted and Lisa dive into defining (or at least describing) mindfulness (3:37), discuss what mindfulness is not (16:53) and then explore how improvisation amplifies or differs from mindfulness (21:06). They close by talking about the tension between honoring our impulses and taking a mindfulness pause before acting (42:26). Thanks for listening in—and remember to subscribe so you get future episodes as well!

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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  In this second episode, Ted and Lisa dive into defining (or at least describing) mindfulness (3:37), discuss what mindfulness is not (16:53) and then explore how improvisation amplifies or differs from mindfulness (21:06). In this second episode, Ted and Lisa start with a game of Convergence and then dive into defining (or at least describing) mindfulness (3:37), discuss what mindfulness is not (16:53) and then explore how improvisation amplifies or differs from mindfulness (21:06). They close by talking about the tension between honoring our impulses and taking a mindfulness pause before acting (42:26). Thanks for listening in—and remember to subscribe so you get future episodes as well! Ted DesMaisons and Lisa Rowland clean 58:45 3518
Monster Baby Podcast #1: Intro and Relationship to Failure http://animalearning.com/2016/04/19/monster-baby-podcast-1-intro-relationship-failure/ Tue, 19 Apr 2016 07:44:32 +0000 http://animalearning.com/?p=3507 http://animalearning.com/2016/04/19/monster-baby-podcast-1-intro-relationship-failure/#respond http://animalearning.com/2016/04/19/monster-baby-podcast-1-intro-relationship-failure/feed/ 0 <p>A Monster Baby podcast is born! In this inaugural episode, Ted and Lisa introduce themselves and offer the Monster Baby origin story (1:10) and talk about how mindfulness and improvisation relate to failure (14:53), including whether or not it makes sense to celebrate failure (35:40). Welcome to Monster Baby—we hope you enjoy the curious romp!   <a class="more-link" href="http://animalearning.com/2016/04/19/monster-baby-podcast-1-intro-relationship-failure/">[more…]</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://animalearning.com/2016/04/19/monster-baby-podcast-1-intro-relationship-failure/">Monster Baby Podcast #1: Intro and Relationship to Failure</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://animalearning.com">Anima Learning</a>.</p> A Monster Baby podcast is born!

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In this inaugural episode, Ted and Lisa introduce themselves and offer the Monster Baby origin story (1:10) and talk about how mindfulness and improvisation relate to failure (14:53), including whether or not it makes sense to celebrate failure (35:40). Welcome to Monster Baby—we hope you enjoy the curious romp!

 

 

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.

Make sure to subscribe to get all future episodes as well!

 

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A Monster Baby podcast is born! In this inaugural episode, Ted and Lisa introduce themselves and offer the Monster Baby origin story (1:10) and talk about how mindfulness and improvisation relate to failure (14:53), In this inaugural episode, Ted and Lisa introduce themselves and offer the Monster Baby origin story (1:10) and talk about how mindfulness and improvisation relate to failure (14:53), including whether or not it makes sense to celebrate failure (35:40). Welcome to Monster Baby—we hope you enjoy the curious romp (and remember to subscribe to future podcasts)!!! Ted DesMaisons and Lisa Rowland clean 49:09 3507