Improvisation & Spirituality -an excellent 3 part series by Ted DesMaisons

For those interested in more deeply exploring the ‘applied improv’ aspect of the plerk (play/learn/work) that I do, I HIGHLY recommend the 3 part blog series by a friend and Applied Improvisation Network colleague,  Ted DesMaisons.    My favorite was the third part, but I’d recommend all!  Follow the jumps…

  1. Defining the Undefinable (Part 1 in a 3-part series on Improvisation and Spirituality)

  2. Paths in Parallel (Part 2 in a 3-part series on Improvisation and Spirituality)

  3. Calling Our World Into Being (Part 3 in a 3-part series on Improvisation and Spirituality)


You’ll find in the second part the following section…obviously related to Lila!


Divine Play

Many Hindus say the universe itself came into being through Lila, the divine’s creative play. Any improv troupe or scene ideally carries a bit of that lila as well—even when taking on a poignant or sensitive topic, there’s a buoyant sense of exploring the unknown. We go down paths we’ve never seen. We create obstacles for the fun of it. We get our heroes into trouble so they get the thrill of getting out of it. Good improvisation brings more joy, more vitality, more connection with others, and more intimacy. A healthy spiritual life engenders the same.

"Healing" by Autumn Skye Morrison.  Used with permission. See for more beautiful images.

“Healing” by Autumn Skye Morrison. One way of picturing the universe glowing with a playful creativity.
Used by permission of the artist. See for other similarly beautiful images.



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