Meditative Writing

Meditative Writing

We all have those days when our "serious" writing is a tad more difficult to extract. Even when you experience those days, it is still advisable to write. Writing has that magic to suck you right back into an amazing place—a place where fear and doubt don’t exist or at least have dissipated in intensity. When it is 9:00 AM in the morning, and you are already feeling negative emotion, there is a way through writing to get back to your best self. I like to call this meditative writing. Feel free to create your own term for it and call it whatever you like, but just try it and see for yourself.

I generally begin by free writing whatever is in my head, just so I can clear some of the negativity from my body and to begin making sense of why I'm feeling less than excited and joyful (I generally know why before writing. I just gain more clarity once it is written.). Then once I feel purged after a page or two or the equivalent of five to ten minutes, I just start writing words repetitively that I want to feel, like joy, love, abundance, clarity (the list varies, but these four terms are pretty standard). It begins to look much like the typewriter scene in The Shining (but this is in an effort to maintain health, not completely lose it) where Jack repeats that line, "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy." (The line is true—must go out and play!) The goal though in meditative writing is to choose words that create a better feeling. The act of moving your pen in the same motion, and the repetition of words and thoughts can bring you to a calm and relaxed enough state to form the ideas you're seeking to begin your "serious" writing or more importantly, just to feel much better than you did before. Trust me. It works every single time. I once did it for like and hour. The words became phrases I repeated, and I felt like I could fly afterwards. The momentum of positive energy was immense, and it felt so amazing that I felt that way for most of the day. Writing is beautiful tool that can get you to where you want to be.

Happy writing!