There are tons of scholarly articles on meditating through writing, but that’s not what I’m talking about. There are also a plethora of guides on-line about how to use one to achieve the other. A good example is Jane Brunette’s article in the Huffington Post, How to Use Writing as a Meditation Practice.
Writing can be a powerful meditation practice, helping us to integrate our active mind with the mind of meditation. By using it as a process of inquiry, it can help us track our progress in loosening attachments and habitual states of mind even as it sharpens our ability to attend to the present moment. As little as 10 minutes of writing practice a day can reap great benefits. (Jane Brunette, Huffington Post, link above)
But that’s not what I’m talking about.
What I am talking about:
What I want to address is how the two practices weave together. The way the mind works steaming the unconscious, the imagination and reality into thoughts and ideas fascinates me.
I meditate twice a day and have done so for decades. I am no guru or expert in any way, but my meditation practice is an essential part of my life, as much a part of me as my next breath.
I have been writing seriously for five years.
I notice that when I write I go deep inside myself to another realm. Not all the time, but a lot of the time. Actually the best times. Words and images flow through my mind faster than I can type and they scramble themselves onto my page.
I don’t experience the stillness of meditation when I write, but I do experience a deeper sense of self, and I emerge changed.
So I wonder: where does one end and one begin.
“Nowhere can man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than in his own soul.” ~Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
“Quiet the mind, and the soul will speak.” ~Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati
“Meditation is not a means to an end. It is both the means and the end.” ~Jiddhu Krishnamurti
“It ain’t whatcha write, it’s the way atcha write it.”
—Jack Kerouac, WD
“We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.”
“Let the world burn through you. Throw the prism light, white hot, on paper.”
—Ray Bradbury, WD
“Writers live twice.”