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Mindfulness Practice and Writing

January 6, 2014 | 8 Comments


Whatcha writin?

Sometimes when I sit to write, it takes a bit to get the flow going. I gather coffee, journal, and pen. I sit by a window. I date my page and exhale. My pen taps the paper like a low-tech curser. So what do I do when words won’t take flight? I turn to my senses. I look out the window. I listen to the world around me. I take a slow slurp of coffee and sort out the flavors. When something catches my attention, down it goes.

Bird song
Slight breeze
Wispy clouds

It isn’t always going to be poetic, or even interesting. The point is the practice. The action is moving the pen over the page. Sometimes I over-think writing. I feel only worthy words should be written down. Last I checked, there was no ration on ink. Perfectionism is a creative-block, and the only way I get through it is stroke by stroke.

Squirrels on the fence
Trash truck rumbles
Bright blue sky

There are times when I’m pulled to the floor by grief. I reach for my pink pen to reel myself back in. There are times when I sit calmly with my tools and don’t have a single damn emotion. What matters isn’t the force behind the writing, it’s the writing. Verb.

The grit of grounds in the last sip
The sun moves into full view
The dog barks at the back door
The cat wakes up and stretches

So this is how I write when the feelings don’t strike. I become mindful of my surroundings. I apply simple descriptions to everyday happenings. Just as it takes a moment for water to warm in a tap, there are always better words waiting behind mundane ones.

*Let’s throw some words around! January Write Alm prompts are up! Respond as inspired!

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  1. This is wonderful! It shows how great words flow when they aren’t forced and just allowed to happen.

    Also, I want to kiss that pink nose. lol “boop” lol

    • Angie

      Isn’t she cute?! I love my kitty. And thank you for reading and commenting. Forcing doesn’t seem to work, but gentle mindfulness does, thankfully!

  2. Love the kitty!! And I love this post. I haven’t written anything today because the prompt isn’t sparking any words. And instead of sitting & writing just anything I’ve talked myself out of it because I haven’t got anything “good” to write. Except negative stuff and I’m tired of writing that. It’s been a bad day. But I think I’ll sit & do this now….be mindful of my surroundings right now. Thank you for the inspiration!

    • Angie

      ((((hugs)))) Jen. I’m sorry to hear it’s been a bad day. Sometimes writing helps bleed the bad out of me and leaves room for good. Sometimes it doesn’t. But I applaud you for giving it a try tonight and I believe in you! Thank you for stopping by to read and comment! XO

  3. Thanks so much for sharing this. I sat this morning in a coffee shop with my pen tapping the page, nothing flowing out. Words did eventually come, but how nice it would have been to take notice of more around me. And I should remember to do this, Amanda talked a lot about it in Write Now. Thanks for the reminder 🙂

    • Angie

      You’re welcome, Kim! I hope it works out for you next time! I’ve never written in a coffee shop, but I bet there are lots of things to be mindful of and write down! Sights, sounds, smells! YES! I should make a point to try this soon. I loved Amanda’s class. Learned so much!

  4. I love the company you kept tonight! And that you write even when you don’t have a damn thing to say. Yay, you!

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