In honor of the upcoming Chinese New Year which begins on February 8, 2016, I’m dedicating the 2016 Mandala of the Year to the Monkey. Each month we’ll explore a trait or symbol of the monkey to see how we can incorporate it into our own lives.
For Section 1 we look at the monkey energy of inquisitive.
How often do we take the time to be curious about something that may be out of our comfort zone? Is our first thought one that immediately discourages us? Do we come up with excuses that start out with the phrase “yes, but”? Or do we allow ourselves to be inquisitive…to find out more.
One of the main tenets of comedy improve is the idea of “yes, and.” It encourages us to accept whatever is presented to us rather than saying no. For instance, if during a sketch someone says “there’s a monkey on your hat,” rather than saying “no there isn’t” you could instead say “yes, and he’s my uncle’s monkey that escaped from the circus.” What that simple gesture does is allow the story to more forward. While the “no” stops the flow right then and there.
This section asks us to allow ourselves to go with the flow of things that may stretch us a bit. Start noticing how often we say “yes, but”. Then start changing it up to “yes, and.” Then, watch what happens!
Ponder this while coloring this month’s section of the 2016 Mandala of the Year.
The Mandala lady
Be sure to download/color the January 2016 Mandala of the Month.