Have you ever noticed that you feel pretty zen after writing? When you write, it’s like you’re in the “zone” layering the elements of a scene into your story. Dialogue, characters, setting and theme are all being poured onto the page in front of you. You’re so focused on what you’re creating that the worries of real life aren’t able to pester you. Sometimes, though, it’s hard to focus on writing through all of the chatter going on in our minds.
Mindfulness, simply put, is the practice of purposefully paying attention without judgment. By immersing yourself in the present, you can quiet your mind and learn quite a bit about your own habits and thoughts. Here’s how practicing mindfulness can help you focus, release your fears and write. Continue reading “Mindfulness and Writing”
by April Clark
Yoga is a practice that invites inquiry, which can help in the creative process. By asking questions, remaining open and stating intentions, we find clarity and answers and our Dharma or purpose unfolds. Yoga can be the vehicle to pave the way, stilling the mind so that the inspiration needed to move forward in a project emerges from within. Yoga brings together physical and mental disciplines to achieve peacefulness in the body and mind. The practice helps one to relax and manage stress and anxiety. Stress in the body can inhibit and block inspiration and creativity. When barriers are moved away from our body and mind, we benefit from our ability to focus and concentrate, releasing the creativity within. Through yoga, you access what may be suppressed and through writing, you are able to articulate your thoughts and ideas. Continue reading “Have Writers Block? Try Yoga”