Writing as a Wellness Practice
In September, I attended BOLD, the MindBody conference for the health and wellness industry. Arianna Huffington was the keynote speaker. She was funny, real, and humble as she shared a cautionary tale of what an always-on, sleep-deprived, smart-phone addicted lifestyle looks like.
“I’ve made all the mistakes in the book. I used to be on my phone during acupuncture. That is insane.”
Perhaps you know her story. Last year she was so exhausted, she fell asleep at her desk, hit her head, and broke her cheekbone. This wake-up call initiated dramatic changes in her sleep, mindfulness, and technology habits. She renewed herself. Then she shared her wisdom by creating Thrive Global. Their mission is to end our epidemic of stress and burnout and help us see that when we prioritize our well-being, our decision-making, creativity, and productivity soar.
“Can we all just admit that we’re addicted?”
We burst into guilty laughter.
She told it like it is, that some of us are WAY addicted, some of us are pretty addicted, and some of us are mildly addicted to our devices. But we’re ALL affected by the technology.
She shared Thich Nhat Hanh’s words:
“It’s never been harder to connect with ourselves.”
“If we can’t connect with ourselves, we can’t connect to others.”
I came home with a striking THIS / AND appreciation for the times we’re living in:
On the one hand, we’re all addicted to some extent. It’s harder to connect to ourselves, the moment, and others. Our health, happiness, and relationships are suffering.
…enough of us are hitting a wall and experiencing declining serenity or health which is our doorway into new wellness priorities and mindfulness habits.
In fact, our society is in the beginning of a wellness revolution. And this revolution is sprouting up everywhere. For example, at JP Morgan, Thrive Global helped initiate to all 200+ thousand employees a 28-day challenge to work on 1 of 4 areas: sleep, mindfulness, disengagement from technology, or gratitude.
Imagine what our world would look like if millions of us change our habits of disconnection and spend more time connecting to ourselves, the moment, and each other.
And imagine what our world would look like if we collectively redefine what success means. Arianna Huffington shared that she expanded her definition of success to include money, power, and… wellbeing, wisdom, wonder, and giving.
I scribbled these words in my notebook, each resonating powerfully with my mission at Write to Glow: to help people relieve stress and self-doubt and live with more ease and connection through writing as a wellness practice.
I like this umbrella term, writing as a wellness practice, because for me, it covers the many benefits and applications of free-flow writing:
- It’s a spiritual practice that connects you to your deepest, wisest self and inner knowing.
- It’s a creative practice that drops you into your intuitive, imaginative, and creative right-brain.
- It’s a mindfulness practice that opens your senses and draws your attention – in this moment -- to what’s happening in and around you.
- It’s a healing and therapeutic practice that pulls intense energy out of your body and onto the page, making space for new perspectives, insights, self-compassion, and empathy.
- It’s a personal practice that fosters deep self-inquiry and radical self-acceptance.
And when we do this practice communally… wow. We have a unique and gorgeous opportunity to foster wellbeing, wisdom, wonder, and giving -- together. We see ourselves in others and experience a rich connection that science shows is vital for well-being.
I’m grateful and blessed to help people live happier, more connected lives through writing as a wellness practice – and to practice and grow alongside of you.
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