How It Works
Contemplative writing is a powerful writing practice based in mindfulness meditation.
Contemplative writing practice allows your true voice to emerge.
The practice of contemplative writing helps open a channel to your writing. You never ever need to be “blocked” or lacking something to write about. When you don’t know what to say, you can simply write “I don’t know what to say,” and move on from there.
Over time, this process allows your writing voice to emerge, unfolding like a rose, revealing itself in its full glory every time you’re brave enough to tell the truth.
WRITING WITH MINDFULNESS
Contemplative writing practice is both simple and profound: Meditate, settle the mind. Write your first thoughts as they come to you. Revel in your beautiful, magical words, accepting that whatever has expressed itself through the quiet space of the mind is good enough.
Sometimes read to each other. No judgement, no evaluation of the “quality” of the writing, no advice about what’s “wrong” with what you wrote, or about how to make it “better.” Just quiet, deep listening.
COMPASSION AND SAFE SPACE
When we come together, we hold what we’ve done with care, together, in a container built made of compassion, trust and heart. You’ll listen deeply and carefully, not just with your ears but with your heart, as others will listen to you. You’ll be encouraged to write the truth as you know it today, knowing that you’ll be held in sacred space as you write and, if you choose to share, as you read.
FITTING WRITING INTO DAILY LIFE
Both classes and individual sessions help you create a writing practice that you can do on your own. You may want to do writing practice at home once a week for five minutes at a time. Or every day for twenty minutes at a coffee shop or park.
When you treat this as an experiment, you can be curious about what actually works for you, and settle on a practice that feels doable. Less is more.
What works for you may change over time. That's okay too. You’re building a structure with flexibility, a strong but permeable container for your writing.
When you show up for your writing,
your writing shows up for you.
But don't take my word for it.
Why not just try it yourself, for just a few minutes?
Download my 5-step guide to writing with more joy, which gives you a bit more detail about these three simple steps:
Start a timer.
Write without stopping.
It's only a page and a half, and it's free to download.
(Need more info before you try it? Contact me.)