Drawing as Koan - Drawing as Meditation

Drawing as Koan - Drawing as Meditation

Mindful writing about mindful drawing. In this short, poem-like, piece of mindful writing, I've attempted to describe what mindful drawing means to me, and what my process is about. I'm pretty good with words, but trying to describe a non-verbal, and often non-dual experience with the duality of language, of object and subject is a difficult, though very enjoyable challenge, in itself. Perhaps that's why I got so fascinated with the fact that drawing is both a verb and a noun. Anyway, I thought I'd share it here to mark the half-way point of the January 2018 Mindful Drawing 30 Day Challenge, and would love to hear how you experience mindful drawing too... if you can find some words for it.

Watching Shadows Meditation - a poem and video

Watching Shadows Meditation - a poem and video

Meditation is not
a feat

or a miracle. 
It is simply
sitting
watching shadows
until
there is
no watcher, 
or watching, only
flutter and
whisper
filling space.

Listening - a poem meditation

Listening - a poem meditation

A listening meditation  Ask yourself, quietly, gently, patiently... Am I listening? Drop these words into the silence. Wait for the responsive stillness of the body. Am I listening? Wait quietly. Without straining. Hang there in the space between the words. Suspend everything but this. Listening is always a waiting. Am I listening?

NaNoWriMo Mindful Writing Tips

NaNoWriMo Mindful Writing Tips

We have a body not just a mind, and a clear, focused writing mind needs a relaxed, healthy body to keep it going. So firstly, we can bring more awareness to the body whilst we’re writing, taking a mindful pause to check-in briefly now and then and see what’s happening. 

Mindful Poetry

Mindful Poetry

I’ve just been visiting my family in Cornwall. A few days away made a little space in my head for writing other than the all consuming final draft of my novel. And as I sat in meditation each morning – and also sometimes in the afternoon too – short poems formed around my very vivid, direct experiences of the places I was in, the people I was with.

Mindfulness of the body for writing minds

Mindfulness of the body for writing minds

Sometimes, by the end of a writing day, I can feel like I’m nothing more than a brain that thinks, a pair of eyes (overly large) that stare at a screen, and two sets of fingers – glued to a keyboard. I get the image of some lamp-eyed creature, a writing lemur, perhaps, with prehensile fingers splayed over keys. If it’s been a particularly intensive session, then those fingers can be quite sore and achy too. Yes, like many writers, I suffer from RSI. And yes, like many writers, I can get so caught up in my writing that I forget that I have a body and not just a mind that writes. So how can mindfulness help writing bodies?

Why mindfulness and writing go together

Why mindfulness and writing go together

When we write we get up-close-and-personal with the contents of our heads on a regular basis. Indeed as writers, we’re doing what mindfulness meditators do. In fact you could say – since mindfulness and writing are both creative, flowing activities requiring commitment, creativity and a mind that’s focused, fluid and flexible – that writers are naturally gifted mindfulness practitioners. That’s the good news.