What's Your Relationship to Writing?
Here's an article I wrote a year and a half ago. I'll share at the end how these statements resonate with me today:
While cleaning my office this morning, I found these statements about the power and joy of writing.
In the several years I've been practicing free-flow writing meditation, I still welcome opportunities to feel re-inspired and re-motivated to make time with my notebook.
I particularly resonate with these lines:
* I give voice to the wild and joyous parts of myself.
* I give voice to the stormy and grieving parts of myself.
Which lines speak strongly to you?
Reclaiming my creative imagination...
I am creative.
I value the healing power of language.
I write from my gut and heart.
I trust humor and sensitivity.
I honor the language of my feelings.
I give voice to the wild and joyous parts of myself.
I give voice to the stormy and grieving parts of myself.
I am compassionate toward myself.
I make a place for mystery and the creative in my life.
I hold close to myself that which is dear to me.
I am safe writing on the page.
I make my home a place to write.
-- John Fox, Poetic Medicine: The Healing Art of Poem-Making
Though each of these statements feel true and dear, today, I have a deeper understanding and experience of these two lines than I did a year and a half ago:
* I am compassionate toward myself.
* I am safe writing on the page.
My notebook is a safe place to land, particularly when I lose my center. I feel less squeamish expressing and naming intense emotions, like shame, envy, resentment...
I'm allowed to be human. I'm allowed to mess up and be messy.
I'm not saying its always easy now. Just that writing helps me be less angsty and self-critical and more curious and compassionate about what's behind my fear and shadowy stuff.
Why do you write? Or if you don't currently have a writing practice, what draws you to writing? What intrigues you about a writing practice?
Want to write?
Take a pen & prompt journey:
Choose a line from above that powerfully speaks to you. Go.
Set a timer for 10 minutes. Or 5. Or 2!
Write whatever arises in your thoughts, feelings, and sensations.
Don’t stop to think or edit - keep your pen moving.
Accept ALL that you write - the pretty & ugly; absurd & boring.
Discover what wants to be felt, known, expressed, released...