TweetSome of you might remember a couple posts back when I mentioned that I was working on letting go and learning to meditate. At the time I said that I wasn't very good at it. (I actually said, "I sucked at it.") Well, I still have a long way to go but I have learned not to be so judgemental. In the meantime meditating is having a profound effect on my journey into the writing life.
Can sitting with my eyes closed concentrating on my breathing improve my writing? Amazingly there are things that happen in my brain...
1- Harmful assumptions about what a writer is can be examined and released.
A real writer writes everyday. If I don't have an agent or
publisher I'm not a real writer. My writing sucks...
2-The brain can increase its capacity to imagine and create.
Up until the last few years it was believed that the brain didn't grow, now we know that new neural pathways can be created. (Additional Info Here)
3- Dry spells and challenges are easier to ride out when viewed as the natural rhythm of the writing life.
Writers "block", difficult revisions, painful critique, rejections, bad reviews.
4-End the wasted energy spent on controlling things that are uncontrollable.
Interruptions, life, subjective opinions of agents and publishers, reviews, timetables.
5- Acceptance and understanding that change is inevitable and possible.
Changes in the market, media technology and even in your own writing can and will happen.
6- Increased concentration and the ability to be aware and present in the world.Writers must be keen observers and to do that we have to be in the now. We can't live in our heads, past or future.
Here are some additional links you may find interesting...http://www.how-to-meditate.org/breathing-meditations.htm/
OK, so I'm excited about the possibilities but I'm easily impressed. What do you think?