It’s Lisa’s birthday and Ted’s about to turn 50—time to talk about aging! Our Monster Baby duo starts with a challenging warm-up game of “Fifteen Things!” to keep their brains youthfully invigorated (2:07) and then chat about how age has affected their respective memories (9:47). Ted and Lisa consider the dating ramifications of getting older and why a Saturn return might represent an important marker of maturity (11:53). Lisa explains why and how she wears her age proudly (19:06) and then the two dig into the heart of the episode, exploring how age and aging show up in the worlds of improv (21:59) and mindfulness (32:12). Lisa talks about how she feels about seeming “cool” as she gets older and Ted muses on the notion of making peace with physical changes over time (36:28). Ted talks about how mindfulness can interrupt our tendency toward calcified reactivity and judgment (42:43) and Lisa notes the value of collecting healthy mindsets along life’s pathway (48:44). The episode closes with a playful question about elephants (50:45) and the usual outro (54:38). As we get closer to another calendar year moving along, we wish you well with your passing of time!
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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.