Meditation For Writers
Meditation is another tool that writers can use to sharpen focus, overcome writer's block and boost creativity. Try meditating for at least ten minutes in the morning and in the evening to reap the benefits.
To begin, choose a comfortable, seated position on either the floor or in a chair. Make sure your spine is aligned so you sit up straight and the room is quiet. For a more receptive posture, place your palms face upon your thighs. For a more grounded posture, place your palms face down.
Close your eyes and imagine that someone is pulling a string at the crown of your head, lifting your spine up nice and tall and bringing space in between each vertebra. Pay attention to your breathing and notice how your breath is flowing in and out. Be aware of the rhythm.
Take a deep breath through your nostrils and all the way down into your belly. Keep your lips lightly touching and exhale through your nostrils. Keep breathing smoothly and evenly and focus on centering yourself. Writers often find that their minds are cluttered with a thousand details so when a thought arises merely note the thought for what it is-thought-without focusing on its content. Simply note, "Oh, a thought," and bring your awareness back to rest right on the breath.
With each breath focus on the present moment. If you get caught up in a stream of thought about your next deadline or which character you should develop next don't get mad. Be compassionate with yourself while bringing your attention back to the present moment. Keep focusing on your breath.
If your thoughts are so constant and you can't stop the chatter in your mind try reciting the following mantra, "I am here now in this" over and over. Using a mantra is a way to trick the brain into replacing your mental chatter so you can stay focused on the present moment.
While you focus on breathing, pay attention to your body. How do your heart, head, throat or stomach feel? If you become aware of any tightness or stress in a particular area, don't resist it - simply be aware. Send your breath to the places that are calling for your attention.
After ten minutes, bring your awareness back to the room around you, and be proud for taking the time to meditate. If you practice every day, you will find it easier and easier to stay in the present moment and your mind will calm itself quickly. You'll discover that the daily worries of life will lessen while your creativity and focus increase!
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