For Clarity of Thought to become a Writer
I have been practicing and teaching Reiki for many years. Only recently did I discover how these teachings connect to my writing. I use simple meditation to connect with my inner-self. This leads to a deeper and fuller enjoyment of life.
Today, I am applying the same meditative principals to my writing experience as well.
How did I start writing meditation?
The fact is that I used to dread writing tasks. I could get the job done but the process never came easily. My mind would jump to the end result before I wrote the first word. My mental list of 'why not to write' grew with each minute that I sat still in front of the screen in search for a way to enter each writing with a feeling of ease, confidence and excitement.
I spent years learning how to write well following externally defined set of rules and guidelines. Yet I could never figure out how to write without overthinking. Hard to naturally know how to let go of judgment to connect to the present moment helping my mind to stay focussed yet flow with the thought process. Meditation helped me find that process.
My first attempts at writing meditation were with poetry, but now I apply these same mindfulness practices as I sit at my desk and write a teaching class. As long as meditation practices follow a consistent structure, you can apply them to anything you write.
Here are a few tips on how to begin a writing meditation practice:
Do one thing at a time :
Most of us spend close to 3 hours a day on our phones.We are trained to value multitasking as a skill. Juggling act to achieve short term goals on a daily basis is still fine as long as it doesn’t become our attitude, that would hinder the added value we can gain when we deeply immerse ourselves in one task.
When you sit down for a writing meditation, gift yourself the luxury of focusing only on that. Don’t plan any other job for these hours, turn your phone off, take out a pen and paper, and let your thoughts flow in whatever format feels natural.Stay rooted in the presentAll forms of meditation aim to achieve a state of being present in the moment. We spend much of our days reliving past stories or planning for the future. The real magic happens when you allow yourself to release those thoughts and be here and now.To help yourself channel that flow, take a few deep breaths. Turn off notifications, close your other browser tabs and try to focus on the task at hand. Then, start writing—without reflecting on what you write or why you wrote it.
Get into a routine
Human beings are resistant to change. It is difficult to transform a new task into a habit. Once I was able to integrate a writing meditation into my daily schedule, it began to feel like second nature. Start with a short time period that you know you can stick to, and set yourself a timer.Try carving out a set part of your day or week and dedicate it to your writing meditation. With time, it will stop feeling like a chore and become easier.Begin every session with an action or ritual that sparks right for you. This can be anything from pouring a cup of tea or lighting a candle to turning on some instrumental music. Connecting habits to cues will help you form a stronger writing routine.
By accepting that today may not be the day you write the next #1 New York Times Best Seller or even impress your boss you accept a form of failure. And then you allow yourself to begin to flow.Writer’s block comes from our own attachments. I used to enter writing tasks with my mind set on a specific goal. This unconscious behaviour put pressure on me and actually caused my brain to shut down.If you’re feeling stressed about a writing task,Identify them and give them a name is the first step in releasing them. To uncover your subconscious fears, ask yourself the following questions:1. Why am I writing this piece?2. How will I measure this piece's success?3. What are the benefits I can gain from the process of writing this piece?Once you accept your answers and believing in them is going to help you towards becoming non attached to your writing and surrender to the process.
Let go of self-judgment
When it comes to any form of writing, our mind is the biggest hurdle we need to overcome. See yourself as a person first and a writer second. After you finish a writing session, take five minutes to read your words aloud. While you start to read, focus on accepting every sentence you wrote.With Self compassion we can allow ourselves to accept whatever writing we produced.
Know that you’re not alone…
Do you practice writing meditation?