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Maybe you’ve heard the jokes about directors asking actors to “be more autumn” or “be the tree.” Well, maybe that joke is really a great idea!
Try this acting exercise at home or out and about in the world:
Pick an object, anything, anything at all (that is safe to touch). For example, a flower, like the one pictured above, a flaming orange cosmos. Take at least one minute and really look at the flower. Notice everything about it. How many petals are there? Is it in full bloom? Wilting a little? How orange is the orange? How many seeds are bunched together in the center? Look at the flower from another angle. Try one more.
Now close your eyes and touch the flower. How do the petals feel? What is the stem like? Can you feel the ridges of each petal? Notice everything you can through touch.
Smell it. Does it have a smell? Does the smell remind you of anything?
Listen to it! Really! Bring the flower close to your ear. Do you hear anything? (Hopefully not, but who knows!)
Experiment with every way you can sensorial experience the flower, besides eating it. Maybe taste a petal. Maybe not.
Take all of this sensory information, add a healthy dose of imagination and be the flower! How does a flower ambulate, talk, what qualities of a flower are fun to embody? Does imagining being a flower change how you look at the flower? If the flower is in full bloom, what would it feel like to move as a person in full bloom?
Perhaps the artist Georgia O’Keefe was wrong when she said, “Nobody sees a flower really; it is so small. We haven’t time, and to see takes time – like to have a friend takes time.”
What would happen if we paid more attention to the world around us? Who knows maybe we can really “be more autumn.” I look forward to reading about your experiments in being ____ !