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Baby Steps to “Being Where I Am”

I have always been intrigued by being more “present”, I guess maybe one of the reasons I started to meditate was to try and bring a little more of myself into the present. I’ve never thought of myself as the most spontaneous person in the world so following a recent discussion with meditating friends I realised I really wanted to try something derent. Something that totally puts me in a position where I would have to be spontaneous. So I signed up for a Improvisation Acting Class. What’s this got to do with meditation? – all will (hopefully) become clear.

Eight weeks ago when I signed up, I was fine,iff totally fine, best thing I’ll ever do I thought. In fact right up until the day of the first class I was totally fine about it and then… Every excuse in the world came to me, I’m too busy at work, I really don’t want to meet lots of larger than life actors who will scare me to death, Its cold, I’m hungry, I really should meditate for an hour tonight and I won’t have the time to do both. So I sat there frozen with fear and tried to work through it. I had to go, I’d been talking about this for ages, but if I just sit here for 10 more minutes, my chance will be lost and I can go home and sleep. So I decided to practice some baby steps, breaking my fear into smaller manageable tasks. I just packed my bag slowly and left the building, I could still go home but I’ll leave so I still have two options. I then got to the station and decided to walk past to find the acting class, I didn’t have to go in, I could just see where the building was. Read more…