Meditation for Writers

I have evenings when I don’t want to write. Either I’m exhausted from getting up for the #5amwritersclub, mentally drained from too many items on my to do list, or my kids spent a better part of the day before behaving like lunatics.

I know I’m not alone.

We’re all stressed. If you aren’t, send me an email and tell me your secret.

But I did recently find a way plough through all my mental baggage, allowing me to sit down and get a few words out, even if for only a few minutes.

By meditating.

I really don’t like the word meditation. It conjures up images of yogis and incense and chanting. Large, beautiful temples and silence. Things that I can’t access. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that there’s anything wrong with those things; they just aren’t a part of my repertoire (save for the occasional yoga class).

I stumbled onto meditation by accident.

I was writing another article, Ways to Reduce Mental Baggage, and meditation was touted as the easiest, most natural solution. I found studies that showed that meditation can result in other health benefits, like lowering blood pressure and reducing anxiety. Without any ill side effects. I was intrigued. And I don’t like to write about things I don’t know, so I tried it.

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It wasn’t easy at first. Finding a spot in my home free from distractions was the most difficult part. But after that, everything fell into place. After the first couple of times, when I felt a little silly, it became painfully easy. Even better, it worked.

Meditation made the impossible possible.

Before, I was falling into the “no, I can’t write tonight” excuse almost daily. Now those nights are few and far between. Even after the kids are tucked into bed, when I’m physically and emotionally drained, I’ve been able to write after a short session of meditating.

The secret is that I actually look forward to meditating. Maybe even more than writing. The disconnect from everything but my own mind feels like I’m taking a miniature vacation. And no matter what, every time I meditate, I am able to write afterward. It’s amazing. It’s as if I have a newfound power over my procrastination.

If you want to give it a try, take a look at the instructions below. Try it once. Twice. Hopefully it will work for you too. But be warned, do not try this in bed. Unless sleeping is your goal, not writing.

How to Meditate:

  1. Find a quiet place, free from distractions, to sit comfortably.
  2. Close your eyes.
  3. Breathe normally.
  4. Let your mind wander, but do not dwell or try to control your thoughts.
  5. Do this until you feel relaxed or set a timer if needed (5 minutes will do.)

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