As we’ve often discussed in previous posts, there is a great amount of benefits if you choose to dedicate some of your time to meditation, if done with constancy and perseverance. Despite that, it’s still not an extensively widespread practice, possibly due to the thin line that people assume divides meditation from wasting time.
Meditating, however, is not necessarily supposed to be done the stereotypical way, sitting cross-legged, eyes closed, whispering the “Om mantra”. There are many different ways to achieve a meditative state. An easy and maybe unexpected method is writing.
Keep reading to find out how writing can be considered a form of meditation and bring you its benefits too.
Writing can be seen as a spiritual practice. It can help us get in touch with the depths of our souls, express different feelings that we may have buried deep within us, and turn our conscience into an artistic expression of itself. It’s a great way to get to know our inner self, and to start understanding it by giving an order to our stream of thoughts and grasp the motivation behind our actions, which often can confuse us and make us unsure as to what do we really want. By writing down your thoughts you can end up redeeming a bad day: putting into words what you’re feeling can lead you to make sense out of any sort of situation, both positive or negative, and force a tangibility to your train of thought. It can be a great habit in order to deal with suffering, the pain and sorrow caused by the confusing world we live in, or simply be able to store all the details of a significant event and be able to relieve it whenever we want.
How to do it
First off, choose a place and a time of the day when you can feel relaxed and not bothered by external events. It can be at night in your room just before going to sleep, or on your commute on the way home from work: what matters is that you’re able to let your mind run freely without distractions. Instead of deciding on a limit on the number of words or pages which can be stressful, set an amount of time that you’ll dedicate exclusively to this activity by putting an alarm to notice you when the time is up, so you won’t keep looking at the time. Now, just write. You can start with a prompt such as “Right now…” or you can just put on paper whatever is going through your brain at the moment. The act of writing will keep the part of the brain that’s restlessly working occupied, and let you cultivate awareness of your experience in the present moment.
While you’re writing…
Don’t try to make sense out of everything that’s going through your brain. Writing meditation is about letting your thoughts run freely, without censorship or judgement, there’s no need to be hard on yourself. Don’t take pauses to edit or start reflecting and trying to give a rational order to the ideas: you’re writing your thoughts down for no one apart from yourself, so don’t impose a specific writing style on yourself or write to please the ear of an ideal audience. Just keep going until the alarm goes off, only then you can go back and go through what you’ve produced. Notice your feelings towards the matters and words that you included, you’ll may be surprised by the end result and by some ideas or positions that you may hadn’t realized you had. If you include this activity in your daily routine, you’ll be able to notice recurrent thoughts, themes and thinking patterns.
In order to put yourself in the right mindset to write down your thoughts, try playing this soothing music on the background of your writing meditation session!
Are you going to give this type of meditation a try? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!