Life is what happens when you are blogging
The feeling in those moments is paradoxical. The heightened awareness is painful as we experience the pleasure of it. Our minds are generally not in the habit of focusing on the solely on the present. In fact, the brain resists it, preferring to multitask.
So, writing is painful because it pushes your mind to an intensified focus on the present. Your brain prefers to think about the past and future, but writing pins you to the page in the present. The pleasure and pain are closely connected, or are they the same? In blogging, the pain and pleasure are one in the moment, and yet are separate from you:
Mindful awareness has shown me that stillness, the deeper space inside oneself that is away from all of the emotions, the peaceful space that watches. I try to bring mindfulness to all I do, and the present moment is always my priority.
Mindfulness has helped me enjoy the creative impulse rather than try to block it with tension and a compulsion to be brilliant. It has helped show me that simply waking up in the morning, and being alive, is a wonderful gift.
Mindfulness vs. Mindlessness
Think less. The kind of writing you want to do does not come from contemplation or analysis, not from self-judgment or second-guessing. It comes by itself when you stare blank-headed at a blank page.
Mindful writing liberates the brain to find its own focus in the present. This is the magic of writing, when it causes you to flow in a zone where you are focused but not forced. You follow threads of thoughts and words, but you cannot restrict them too much. In blogging, the words and thoughts will make their journey to you.
Writing your mind
You, the words, the computer, the thoughts all become one in stringing together sentences. How does this happen? Well, practicing, writing frequently, trains your mind to find this zone. Here are a few ways you can help your brain to write mindfully:
- Relax your body and mind, consciously. You have to think to yourself that you are relaxing, letting go.
- Get comfortable. Finding the ideally suited station for your writing is essential. The place is different for everyone, and it certainly does not have to be a barren, hard landscape. You will know the right place when you find it.
- Take a minute or ten to close your eyes and do some deep breathing. Relax and pay attention to your calm, deep breaths.
- As you prepare to write, wait for the words and ideas to come. Don't force your mind in one direction or another, but listen peacefully for the words that come from deep within.
- Focus on the ideas as they come by beginning to write. Be careful not to take over too much control. Let the words flow onto the page.
- Take deep breathing breaks.
- Take peaceful walking breaks.
- Slow down and resist the feeling that you have to get the words on the page before you forget them. Remind yourself that they are coming to you, and you are listening and writing.
- When tempted to flee the page, calm yourself down with relaxation and deep breathing. Maybe it's time for a break, but maybe not.
- Make sure you have a quiet, distraction free environment. There are lots of cool writing apps that have a focus mode, preventing the computer from interrupting you while writing.
- If you get stuck, it's probably because you are tensing up, so relax yourself and wait for the words. Try not to exert to much force over the language.
Through practice, your inner voice will speak to invisible readers, and you will string thoughts them together on the page. This is when you are truly present, and it is when your best writing will emerge.
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What qualities of mindfulness do you see in blogging?