Dael Orlandersmith wrote and stars in the one-woman play, Until the Flood, a stunning work during which she plays eight separate characters. After a recent viewing I couldn’t stop thinking about the level of attention it took to create each character’s nuanced voice, stance, gestures. Ms. Orlandersmith’s ability to observe and then create necessitates a depth of mindfulness that I can only currently imagine. She must not only look, but listen, even resonate with whomever she is with to learn how to characterize them. I thought about this while reading an article about how frequently we look at our phones. Just think about all that we are missing by not looking up and out, by not paying attention with all of our senses, with our entire being.
According to Jon Kabat Zinn, “The best way to capture moments is to pay attention. This is how we cultivate mindfulness.”