Category Archives: Taoism/Zen

The only way out is through

Life can get pretty messy and complicated and scary at times, can’t it? Just like being in the middle of an improv scene when you aren’t quite sure where it is going. I know every improviser can relate to that … Continue reading

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Hooked

In her book, “Taking the Leap,” Pema Chodron, a Buddhist monk describes the concept of Shenpa. Shenpa is a Tibetan word generally translated as attachment. Pema, however, suggests a different translation: hooked. When we are hooked, Pema explains, something, an … Continue reading

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My New Year’s (un)Resolution

At the change of the year we always think of new starts, new habits, and new resolutions. Really, January 1st is just another day like any other. Actually everyday is the first day of the rest of your life. Each … Continue reading

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Help Me Obi-Watts, you’re my only hope.

About two months ago I discovered a podcast series of Alan Watts recordings. If you don’t know who Alan Watts is you can find more information about him here. Briefly, he was a Englishman who moved to California, embraced Zen and Taoist … Continue reading

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What to do with scene suck

It’s easy to be a believer when life is good. As a Tao-nitarian (religiously, I’m bi–spiritual, I go both ways), it’s effortless for me to follow the way of the universe when everything’s going my way. I’m here because I … Continue reading

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Pooh Speaks

Being something of a nerd (I like to think I am nerd-chic), I have read a lot of books about improv. Here’s one I read a long time ago, but just recently reread.  To my surprise I found it chock-full … Continue reading

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