Hospital Clowning: Back to Clown School with Jeff Smithson

Tuesday, October 17th 2017

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En route to my first Laughter League Workshop with my most recently discovered fellow member of famiglia.

As I continue explorations into this new realm of performing, and after my first workshop with the Laughter League team yesterday and getting to know my newest favorite colleague, what do I find but his TED Talk!  I’ve been raving how wonderful it’s been to make his acquaintance.  What a delight to discover he’s already curated some of his views, experiences and philosophies into a beautifully condensed TED Talk.

One, Two, Three: Play: Jeff Smithson at TEDxMosesBrownSchool [12:42]:

o Our body is a mouth that never stops talking.

o Foam in, Foam Out.

o Clowning from the the Head, the Gut, the Heart.

o “If you’re not comfortable, they’re not comfortable.”

o Sometimes what the patient -person!- needs is control.

o  Being available in the present moment is the best place to begin.

o We have a choice of where to put our awareness.

o We can follow a thought a long way, sit with a feeling, examine a want.

o Your attention is the most precious thing that you have, so spend it wisely.

o By choosing to be in touch with your breath and to be present with another person you give them the greatest gift that you can.



My new lid and new teammate, Jeff Smithson, Proponent of Play.

Thank you Jeff!  I can hardly wait to work with you … this Thursday!


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2 Responses to Hospital Clowning: Back to Clown School with Jeff Smithson

  1. Paul Oberhauser says:

    I wove that you are doing this! That is all.

  2. Your supportiveness has been amazing, thank you my Wove!

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