Om means 'Yes'. Always, wherever we cast
our glance to search,in one word the answer is
'yes'. Yes, what you are searching for, is. You
are searching for happiness, pleasure, joy,
fulfillment. You are in want, and in one
word, 'yes', fulfillment is there.
SRILA SRIDHAR MAHARAJA
What does it mean, as an actor, to say YES to everything? I'm not really talking about saying yes when a director gives you a note, (but that too.) I'm talking about saying yes to whatever is in the present moment. Not just to lower your blood pressure, but as a tool, a technique for doing your best work.
I'm talking about saying yes to the way things are right now with your agent & yes to the process of auditioning & how you feel about it, & yes to waiting in a long queue or an annoying sales call or gaining three pounds . . . And even saying yes to the tougher stuff. Losing your agent. Dealing with a health condition, or an aging parent, or a divorce.
Saying yes doesn't mean jumping up & down for joy when bad things happen. It doesn't mean you're passive, that you don't take action to change things when you need to. It means accepting the person / feeling / event as it is now instead of railing against it. It means if not being at peace, accepting whatever is in the moment, rather than being at war with it. Saying yes to the way things are, right now. & even saying yes when you absolutely can't -- as in, "yes, it't okay that I can't tolerate this right now. Yes, I haven't found a way to say yes to this yet."