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There’s a reason you’re taught to take a deep breath and count to ten.
Meditation has given me different ways to look at the world, and with it a different writing mindset. The art of breathing has allowed me to take myself out of my stories, and by that I mean, I no longer live the emotional roller coaster ride of my characters. It has given me the ability to take a step back and see them for who they are without emotional bias. A lack of emotion in my stories is not what I am talking about. If that was the case, I’d probably never get published!
Next to adding positivity to my life, one of the most important aspects I received as a meditator is the viewpoint advantage; the ability to observe emotions, rather than drown in or dwell on them. It is the power to climb out of our thoughts and see situations clearly; sometimes for the first time. Boy, isn’t it embarassing when that happens? But better late than never!
Luckily meditation also brings forgiveness to our hearts — for those who have wronged us and those we have wronged. Hopefully, it also provides a more transparent picture of what’s right and wrong the next time a situation arises.
This is what happened with my writing.
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I was amazed how much it changed my style and approaches. Not only that, but my negative feelings about the world flipped, giving me the motivation and confidence I needed to become a writer. The world was beautiful again and so was writing, no matter how depressing the subject. I finally told myself how young I was NOT getting and how many great stories were NOT being written because of my procrastination and stink against the world.
There is no way to convince any one that breathing and quieting your mind can change your world. The best I can do is share my experience and hope people will at least give it a try. Especially if you’re a struggling writer who keeps writing herself into every story, like I always did. Oops!
Here is a hilarious clip from the film “Eat, Pray, Love” about the first time Elizabeth tries to meditate. And it is common, at least with my first meditation experience, to feel an initial presence of anger, but that just means that it’s working.
Please read the book, based off of Elizabeth Gilbert’s amazing journey. The movie and book are basically two different stories even though the movie is based off of the memoir. I love them both equally as separate pieces.
See what meditation can do for your writing!