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Bill Murray’s Impromptu Guided Meditation on What It’s Like to Be You

08 May

I really like the thoughtful, respectful, inventive way Bill Murray answered this basically impossible question at the Toronto Film Festival last year. An admiring audience member asked him what it was like to be him.

He could have blown off the whole question, or lectured her on how she should be focusing on what it was like to be her, not him; or he could have said something funny, cracked wise about identity or something.

Instead, he considered the question carefully and with great sensitivity, humility and kindness, and wound up leading a kind of group mini-guided meditation, encouraging everyone to dive into what it felt like to be them.

If you have a couple minutes, check out the audio of this wonderful answer. It's a lesson in not being full of yourself.

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award.