Several years ago I read a book called The Art of Possibility by Rosamund and Benjamin Zander. She’s a psychologist. He’s the conductor of the Boston Philharmonic. I’m going to re-read it this summ
er because the book is about thinking outside-the-box, imagining in a new way, being open to possibility. That’s what improv gives us and it’s what’s needed in our current times.
The frames our minds create define – and confine – what we perceive to be possible. Every problem, every dilemma, every dead end we find ourselves facing in life, only appears unsolvable inside a particular frame or point of view. Enlarge the box, or create another frame around the data, and problems vanish, while new opportunities appear.
The authors suggest that the reader ask the question: ‘‘What assumption am I making, that I’m not aware that I’m making, that gives me what I see?” Continue reading “Slowing Down to Connect”