Mindful Writing

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.

Stop Look Breathe Create 3 Challenge - Jan's Story

Stop Look Breathe Create 3 Challenge - Jan's Story

“Am I doing it right” is a familiar inner voice for me.  So of course this has come up for me before and Wendy Ann's advice to me during the Challenge helped me to laugh even more at the ridiculousness of the inner critic, the “Oh so Unwise but Ever Trying One".  She said something like “that is the inner critic and it has as much value and significance as if it said, you are a purple elephant.”  A picture of a purple elephant is quite figural for me at the moment!

Stop Look Breathe Create 3 Challenge - A free mindful art course

Stop Look Breathe Create 3 Challenge - A free mindful art course

The Stop Look Breathe Create book will be on bookshelves soon

And to celebrate my new creative mindfulness book – I’m launching a new FREE three week creative mindfulness course you can do online and at home. It starts on the 5th of June and I’m inviting the Art of Mindfulness Community to do it TOGETHER between the 5th and 25th of June (2017) as a follow up to our Mindful Drawing Month. Here’s how it works…

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.

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.