How Write to Glow Got Its Name

When I was stuck and disconnected in my personal and creative life, I discovered writing practice from the great writer and teacher, Natalie Goldberg. In an interview, she said a phrase that jumped out at me:

"Write to glow, not to publish.”

She wasn’t suggesting that people shouldn’t write to publish. Only that there are other reasons to write, besides the pursuit of publication. Write to know and befriend yourself. Write to pay deeper attention to the present moment. Write for the joy and freedom of a goalless practice.

I certainly hadn't thought much about writing as a mindfulness practice. For two decades, the purpose for my writing was to show knowledge (grad-school writing) or to inform and amuse (professional children’s writing). There was always an audience, and therefore, my goal was to communicate ideas clearly and concisely. 

But write to glow!!??? I wanted to taste THAT!

I did. 

And I never looked back.

"Write to glow, not to publish” described the new direction my writing and life took after a week-long retreat in Santa Fe with Natalie Goldberg. I returned to Las Vegas, excited to continue the communal practice. Months later, when I didn’t find a writing group, I decided to teach the practice to others instead!

The phrase Write to Glow stayed with me:

Write to glow with self-knowledge and acceptance. 
Write to glow with your own wisdom.
Write to glow with attention to the moment.
Write to glow with YOU, just as you are --- in the moment, just as it is.

That's the practice. Simple, but powerful. And not always easy, which is why it's a life-long practice, But there are tips & teachings, poems & perspectives to help us, and I'll be sharing them in a concentrated Free-Flow Writing Workshop at Meditation 4 Regular People Saturday, 4/7. Details are here.

What does GLOW mean to you?

With love,

Want to write?
Take a pen & prompt journey:

writing prompt


Grab a pen & notebook. Write the prompt at the top of the page. 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...