Exquisite Attention & Free-Flow Writing
Are you like me -- a lover of the senses, but also a forgetful slave to the realm of mind and thinking?
If so, you’ll love this month’s WTG Circle theme: Exquisite Attention & Free-Flow Writing. I’ll share sweet reminders, for both of us, to see the extraordinary in the ordinary by noticing how things look, feel, sound, taste, and smell. To walk through our days with a poet’s eye. To follow Mary Oliver’s excellent advice:
“Instructions for living a life.
Tell about it.”
This excerpt from Craig Arnold’s “Meditation on a Grapefruit” is a sweet reminder:
To tear the husk
like cotton padding
a cloud of oil
misting out if its pinprick pores
clean and sharp as pepper
Here’s one of the first times I followed Mary Oliver’s instructions:
In this moment…
I order a cup of Harmony --
beet juice, apple, ginger, lemon,
and I think, spinach.
It tastes intense.
sort of metalic, like blood.
It tastes powerful.
Ginger has authority.
It says, "I am potent. I am medicinal. I have great power."
I can imagine -- feel -- this elixer cleansing my blood
as it flows through the tubes and tunnels
that are my interior.
Harmony is so thin -- san texture, pulp, thickness.
Do I like this?
I think so.
I don't know what else to say
about this deep, dark drink
in the clear plastic cup
with the wide red straw.
After I wrote this, I treated it like a poem and call it “Harmony.”
I can still taste that ginger beet intensity and goodness these many years later…
To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work.
Want to write?
Take a pen & prompt journey:
What I'm looking at...
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...