Meditation For Actors:
We know that there is no certainty in life. But compared to other professions, there seems to be more uncertainty in the art world than anywhere else. Actors, writers, and directors…they all go through the emotional spectrum from rejection to elation, sadness to acceptance, all in one day! It was a very satisfying and terrifying journey at the same time.
In addition to being an audition/acting teacher, I have taught meditation for many years. During this time, I found that more than any other group, artists benefited from the stability, focus, and strength that meditation brings.
By meditation, I don’t just mean the mindfulness practice that most people think of when they hear the word. There are many different types of meditation: visualization exercises, mind-opening exercises, mindfulness exercises, immobilizing the body and stimulating the imagination, etc.
When it comes to the benefits of all these different types of meditation, actors are one of the people who can benefit the most from their personal lives and work processes.
With that in mind, here’s a guided exercise tailored specifically for actors and other creatives that will help you connect to your breath, relax your body, be present and be aware, let go and stay strong. I hope you find this friendly companion on your travels!
- Introduction: 0-5:10
- Finding the Breath of Home: 5:21-9:20
- Body: 9:24-19:52
- Let go: 19:59-25:00
- Finding Your Refuge: 25:05-28:10
- Stay strong: 28:14-32:47