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The Art of Feeling What You Write

Everywhere we look we see that we should be MINDFUL in our lives — Mindful breathing, mindful eating, mindful about our emotions. All great advice, in my humble opinion.

Our modern lives are so overloaded with noise, demands, information and activities. We race from one thing to another in our daily routine — from school runs, to lunch at our desks, to cramming in meeting with friends. Rushing around with hardly a moment to breath is the new norm. We are at the behest of our mobile devices, grabbing our phones at every available moment to check social media, news and updates. We are, or at the very least becoming puppets, to technology and life. The constant sensory and information overload has left many of us numb.

So MINDFULNESS is a crucial step for us, as human beings, to take back control. To learn to reconnect with who we are. Learn to breathe again and check in with how we feel. Feelings are an essential part of who we are. When you understand how we FEEL about something, you know whether or not it is good for us. Over the years, in my capacity of a Transformational Life Coach, I have been constantly surprised to hear clients says that they do not know what was good for them. Their rigorous lives have worn them down to a shell of who they really ought to be.

Be Mindful and Breathe

So what does MINDFULNESS have to do with writing? I hear you ask?

As a writer, I have learned to bring my coaching techniques into the mix to support my writing, and with great success. I have learned the importance of giving myself permission to write and be comfortable with the label ‘author’. I know that setting intentions for my writing works for me. And, importantly, I have come to the powerful realisation that being MINDFUL when I write is a major contributor to keeping the dreaded ‘writer’s block’ at bay.

Being MINDFUL as I write is a positive experience for me. I sit down to write and do my little ritual to allow the creative flow. Through a short meditation, I breathe, relax and invite the muse to be with me as I write. 

As I write the words, I take a moment to feel into the words I am using and connect with them. How do they FEEL? How do they SOUND?  How do they LOOK on the page? I feel connected with the words as they take form.

When I read through what I have written, I check-in and ask myself how does that make me feel as a reader? 

When you become a MINDFUL writer, you find the writing process becomes more natural and a much more fluid process. At the same time, your reader will have a more pleasurable experience too, and that is a win-win.

To help you tune into MINDFUL WRITING, I have created a short meditation for you. Click on the image/link below to download it and use it to boost your creative writing flow in a mindful way. Enjoy!

Click here to listen to MINDFUL WRITING MEDITATION

Silence

Silence opens the door to Creative Flow

It is only in the last year, as I have embarked on my spiritual Soul journey, that I have heard time and time again that to connect with our creative flow, we need to step back, slow down and be open to the Universe.

Now, I don’t know about you, but this sounded extremely strange to my mind.   I failed to see how doing nothing could provide the solutions or insights needed to undertake a task.   I was used to working hard to get things done with the instilled ethos – keep working away to get results.   This new method was alien to me.

However, if nothing, I am curious.   When something is brought to my attention three times (thank you Universe) I sit up and pay attention.  And so it was with this concept, I decided to test the theory for myself.   There was something appealing about easing up and allowing the answers or creative ideas to flow to me. 

So what happened?

Well, I decided that it warranted further investigation and did some further research into this approach.   My findings were quite interesting, and really quite rewarding.

The all-important step was to learn how to embrace the “silence”, and there are 3 methods I tried out:

1) Meditation

2) Mundane/routine tasks

3)  Time in Nature

Calm the Mind with Meditation

More and more we are reading and seeing meditation integrating into our mainstream way of living.  For example, Yoga and many other fitness and spiritual disciplines utilizes meditation.   It has been proven that allowing the mind to enter a quiet state, allows the mind to think more clearly and the body to de-stress.  

 

People who meditate regularly often say they receive solutions or creative ideas in this calm mind state.   It would seem that whilst the mind is clear of all the noise and clutter –  open it to receiving new insights.  

 

Even Einstein proclaimed that opening the mind was the way for ideas to be generate.

The Power of Mundane Tasks

Another way to allow the brain space to work, is to do boring mundane tasks.   Many creative geniuses, including a few well-known bestselling authors, have managed to create great works while still working their day-jobs.  

Many have found that doing routine tasks frees up the creative side of the brain.   Routine tasks occupies the ‘Left Brain’ and creates space for the creative ‘Right Brain’.  I know that while doing ironing my mind goes off on a tangent and soon it is a buzz with thoughts and ideas.   I must admit, as I am writing my first fiction book, I see the storyline with characters appearing in movie-style screens in my mind.    So often doing some mundance household tasks ends up juicing up my writer’s mind.  I just need to make sure I allow time to sit down and write it all down.

Time in Nature

Walking in Nature is also a great way to clear your head and as you focus on the moment, taking in the beauty around you – your mind will use the silence to formulate ideas.    Many creative souls include a walk as part of their daily routine.  

 

My Conclusions

The results have been extremely supportive, and I enjoy the peace and calm each method brings.   I cannot say that one method is better than the other.  It totally depends on the individual.   I find that a mixture of all methods work well – one day I might enjoy a soul-boosting walk, the next a quiet meditation, and even ironing has prompted useful insights.

As the adage says “Silence is Golden”, and it certainly can be for writers.

Make time for SILENCE in your day – you too will be surprised at the results.

 

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