Succinctness: an exercise to do with a partner

Skill Development

A fun way to Zen up your writing and speaking – by Madhuri.

Tel Aviv in Time of Corona by Prabhat (Nimi Getter)

This fun exercise is good for writing, speaking generally or to groups; for Zenning up your way of expressing yourself; and to help you avoid annoying your friends with verbal rambling!

It is also centering and uplifting. It brings you into the moment and opens perception, breaking through old habits of thought.

It might be just the thing if you are locked down with somebody, working on your memoir finally, and need a little something different to spike your daily walk!

It takes about an hour and a quarter.

  • Go outside suited up for your walk.
  • Decide who’s A and who’s B.
  • Bow to each other to signal the beginning of the meditation.
  • A is the leader. She guides B on the walk, going where she feels to go; and at intervals stops and points to an object or animal or tree or whatever. It can be absolutely anything – a plastic bag, a squirrel, a sign, a cloud, one of a group of garden Elves wearing masks.
  • She asks, “Can you please describe that thing in one sentence?”
  • B then takes the time he/she needs to put their perceptions into one sentence.
  • Continue for 1/2 hour, walking and pointing and listening to the other’s description.
  • Acknowledge each description with a thank you.
  • Then change over: B is now the leader, asking A the question.

Variations: on a different day, you can ask, “Please say in one sentence how that thing makes you feel.” Or, “Please, in one sentence, describe that object and how it makes you feel.”

These different instructions will exercise, and bring awareness to, your faculties of both objectivity and subjectivity.

The person doing the describing should feel very free to say absolutely anything that arises in them! No censorship or trying to make it sound good… just let it be playful – and dig deep.

After 1/2 hour, bow to each other: the meditation is finished.

Then sit down and spend a bit of time sharing how it was for each of you.

And thank your partner and have a hug!

Illustration: from the series ‘Tel Aviv in Time of Corona’ by Prabhat (Nimi Getter)


Madhuri is a healer, artist, poet and author of several books, Mistakes on the Path being her latest memoir.

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