The technique of writing meditation is practiced on paper instead of a yoga mat. We from novum publishing offer a short overview of four major techniques of spiritual correspondence.
Writing is liberating. While some put their thoughts and ideas to paper in diaries, others escape to the distant world of fantasy altogether. What kind of momentous creations might result from moving reality into the realm of fiction is regularly demonstrated by such invigorating fantasy authors as Stephen King or George R. R. Martin. Writing can be even more than the product of passion, escapism or a dream come true. It also forces us to take a closer look and deal with who we are.
Spiritual style of writing?
This way of finding ourselves is precisely the process applied by the technique of writing meditation. The positive impact of meditation on body and soul has been medically confirmed for a long time. The positive side effects of meditative practice include increased creativity, stress resilience and balance. Mindfulness meditation, mantra technique or even whirling dervishes – writing meditation closes the circle of spiritual wealth. Moreover, writing meditation offers another fundamental benefit: the reintegration of remote levels of consciousness ensures not only deep relaxation but also brings to light all kinds of hidden ideas. Many a fantasy author has delved into the depths of their dream world to dig for abstract ideas. “Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer, for example, chased down the idea for her world-famous vampire saga in a dream.
The art of expanding your consciousness on paper is presented to you by novum publishing based on four key techniques of writing meditation. It is essential, however, to practice the following, recommended methods by picking up a quill, pen or pencil and writing by hand. Copying explicitly permitted. 🙂
Just as with colouring mandalas, copying text enables us to lose ourselves in our thoughts and the depths of our personality. Repeating selected paragraphs, poems or mantras in writing helps us to internalise the original. The learning technique of regular repetition is a classic way of memorising written text. Ideal templates for copying would be texts from positive psychology or poetry. Choose wisely which texts to copy and you might end up not only being happier but ideally also knowing quite a few poems by heart.
Whether we are talking about classic calligraphy or modern techniques of hand lettering – using your hands for the sake of art on paper might affect your inner self as well. As calligraphy in particular requires a high degree of attention and patience, it is also regarded as a meditation practice. This ink art is either tried out with a plan or simply done spontaneously. The latter might be compared to the popular pastime of office scribbling and serves as a source of deep relaxation combined with another positive side effect: from a psychological point of view, such scribbling bears as much potential for interpretation as your dreams. A little research might be all it takes to find out more about yourself even after meditation.
3. Intuitive writing
The goal of intuitive writing is to get all the baggage we usually carry around with us off our minds and to create space for new things. The method is based on the so-called “Morning Pages” by author Julia Cameron and teaches us to think in new ways. The basic idea is to fill three pages with spontaneous thoughts and inspirations that cross our minds. It is essential to do this first thing every morning, as our minds are supposed to still be alert and unburdened. There is no right or perfect way to do this. It is all about disentangling blocked thoughts or resolving any burdens we might have. If you are successful and keep practicing, your mind will be free for new and creative ideas once again.
4. Introspective writing
Catching a glimpse of our inner processes by observing external ones. Observation writing is just like painting with letters. You only write down what you see. When it comes to the meditative purpose of this technique, the best thing is to try it out somewhere else but at home. At new and unfamiliar places, we are less tempted to describe our surroundings from memory but rather based on actual observation – a key aspect, as we should try to somehow outsmart our thinking in the course of meditation. By focusing on the moment at hand, our surroundings, details and movements, we basically become one with our environment and, at the same time, train such important skills as concentration and mindfulness.
What are your experiences with the effects of writing on your body, mind and soul? Write a comment and let us know!
Keep writing, keep typing!