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Playful Mindfulness

A Joyful Journey to Everyday Confidence, Calm, and Connection
Narrated by: Ted DesMaisons
Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
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Playful Mindfulness brings together wisdom from the worlds of mindfulness (paying attention to the present moment with curiosity and kindness) and improvisation (making life up courageously as you go along) so listeners can find greater confidence, calm, and connection.

  • Do you long to express that creative project or idea but tell yourself you’re not good or clever or funny enough, so why even try? 
  • Do you dream of a wide-open life filled with moments of wonder, delight, and surprise but find yourself trapped in routine and smothered by stress? 
  • Do you yearn for deep, meaningful connection with those around you but feel yourself ever more isolated by social media and modern technology?

Hope is on the way.

In this audiobook, Ted DesMaisons takes your hand and leads you on a beautiful, surprising and unruly adventure into the lands where mindfulness and improvisation overlap. There, you’ll discover the same freedom, ease, and joy that thousands of his students at Stanford and elsewhere have found for themselves.

©2019 Ted DesMaisons (P)2019 Ted DesMaisons

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Quite interesting listen.

Perhaps a little overly long as was a bit of a struggle to finish, for me. The notion of improvisation still appalls me, but was more intrigued about how to apply and combine mindfulness and responding to life and others in a general way from this audio book. There were 'takeaways' and exercises, pretty much all of which I have now forgotten! Perhaps I will listen again sometime as I do think there's some good stuff in there! The narrators voice sounded like he needed a throat sweet and a good cough to clear his throat sometimes, which didnt help the long listen. Perhaps best take one chapter at a time and do the exercises before moving on.

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  • Carmody
  • 10-11-19

Really good life-changing stuff

This is a wonderful, practical, deep, book about mindfulness that you can actually use - even if (like me) you are more skeptical than New Age. And it is read extremely well.

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  • M. Miller
  • 23-05-19

Extremely valuable tools for recovering perfectionists

As a writer and event designer, I constantly seek tools to dig up and break open the buried treasure chest of authentic, unique ideas locked away in my brain. Playful Mindfulness is exactly this kind of device. As Ted DesMaisons shares his fresh take on mindfulness, he cracks away at surface-level mindsets that hide glistening gems begging to be unearthed.

DesMaison’s book challenges the tired stories I tell myself: I’m not very funny; others will reject my ideas; I can’t possibly change course once I’ve started. In place of these trite myths, he installs hope. His words inspire me to be more open to failure, and his methods provide solutions to quicken healing when it happens.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who’s ready to show up more authentically in life and work. I would ESPECIALLY recommend it to creative professionals who struggle with perfectionism and know it’s strangling their work. Operating from a place of Playful Mindfulness is a radical game-changer that revolutionizes careers and relationships.