Meditation is the discovery that the point of life is always arrived at in the immediate moment. – Alan Watts
You may be surprised to learn that writing is actually a form of meditation. Many view this practice as a means to integrate both conscious and subconscious thinking. Personally, I prefer to relieve the conscious mind of its duties on occasion. In doing so, the protective barriers preventing genuine vulnerability and raw honesty with self ceases to exist.
Each week, I provide a meditative writing prompt to help you become more present in your own life. The more present you are the more awareness you have for this moment we call Now.
STEP 1: Guidance
Have pen or pencil and notebook/pad with you.A PC or tablet works also if that is your preference. Just a note, I have found the effortless consciousness flows far more freely on paper than it does on a screen. Settle into an area where you will not be disturbed. Take several minutes to sit quietly and simply breathe. Inhale deeply through your nose, holding for a few seconds at the top of the breath before exhaling through the mouth. With each exhalation, you are releasing doubt, fear, tension, anxiety, and relaxing your conscious mind. When you are ready, allow your subconscious mind to flow freely onto the page or screen. Do not edit yourself in any way. This is purely mind flow. Write (or type) until you have nothing left to pour out of you. Self-honesty is needed to raise your awareness so do not restrict yourself.
STEP 2: Conscious Reading
Once you complete your writing. Read it aloud and be sure to highlight/underline all keywords and/or phrases that particularly stand out to you.
STEP 3: Revisit You
After several days or weeks have passed, revisit those words/phrases that stood out. Expand them in a new writing that includes your answers to the following questions:
- What do these words/phrases mean to me?
- How do I feel when I read them?
- Why are they significant?
MEDITATIVE WRITING PRACTICE
Week of March 14th
If I loved myself exactly as I am…
(What would happen?)
Week of March 7th
I’ve reached the point in my life where I feel…