Monster Baby #83 Find Your Focus


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Where’s *your* focus? Where do you want it to be?

Spurred by a suggestion from a Chicago-based listener, Ted and Lisa gallop into a conversation about focus. They start with a rousing round of the new game “D’jever?” (1:54) before Ted kicks off the topic by mentioning the simultaneous different focus tracks in his brain (6:32). Lisa wonders about the difference between laser focus and soft focus (concentration vs. mindfulness?) (11:23) and then the two try to distinguish between attention and focus (17:18). Ted asks what the ideal focus point for doing improv would be (19:07) and describes how focus represents a foundational component of effective mindfulness practice (25:49). Lisa muses whether it’s similarly foundational to good improv (28:21) before the pair explore the intention behind attention (31:29). The episode closes with a heartfelt visit to the world of mantras as focus-holders, both on stage and in life (33:09) and the traditional Outro (42:13).

If you’re needing some inspiring Monster-Baby based words to get you through these tough times, order a copy of Ted’s Monster-Baby-inspired book, Playful Mindfulness remember you can order a copy from (Ask nicely and Ted will surely sign it for you!)

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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