As I watched the video transcript, and heard Bobby McFerrin describe the sing-for-10-minutes improv assignment, I was immediately reminded of Natalie Goldberg's similar assignment for writing practice. In her book Writing Down the Bones, informed by Buddhist practice, Goldberg gives some guidelines for what she calls the timed exercise. Pick a session length, long or short, but commit to it: write for the full period, whether it's three minutes or an hour. "Keep your hand moving ... Don't cross out ... Don't worry about spelling, punctuation, grammar ... Lose control ... Don't think. Don't get logical ... Go for the jugular."
The discipline of freedom. Most of us almost have to be commanded to go there, to play and be loose once more. What a gift to hear the call in another voice, to another road.
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