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Tuesday February 7, 2012, 4:53pm - by Ben Kharakh

Meditating has helped my focus, mood, and creativity.  When it comes to improv specifically, I think of a scene like a meditation session, with my partner (or perhaps the present moment in general) being what I focus on (as opposed to focusing on my breathing as I would during a regular meditation session). Any time I get in my head, I just bring my focus back to my partner and engage with as clear a mind as possible.

monks

Best. Improv. Group. Ever.

 

I remember when I first became conscious of what being “in the zone” felt like. My mind was clear, my focus was on the present moment, and my responses floated into my head. I didn’t need to think in order to know what to do.  Continue reading after the jump…

 

I didn’t make the connection to meditation, though, until recently, but since then, both my life and improv have gotten better.

You don't need gear.

Just like Improv, you don't need any gear to meditate.

 

 

With a clear head, it feels more like I’m getting out of the way so comedy can happen– as though I’m allowing the universe’s sense of humor to use me as a mouthpiece. I don’t want to make it out like I’ve discovered a panacea since there are plenty of times when comedy remains a struggle or scenes end up stinky. It’s just that this technique makes me more aware of and open to comedic discoveries. It makes me feel like my eight-year-old self again, thinking for the first time, “If I pay attention to the world, I can make jokes of my own.”

There are several ways to begin exploring meditation.  Here is one of them.

kids meditating

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– Ben Kharakh

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