What are Writing Meditations?
Journaling and Writing Meditations are creative ways to solidify your thoughts about how you desire to shift. Writing Meditations are slightly different from regular journaling, which are often meditative as well. With journaling, as Journey Guide Julia Cameron suggests, you can use the Morning Pages for “brain drain.” That rids you of all of your unconscious noise and gets it out of you and on to the page. It can be very cathartic and inspiring. A more specific practice of writing meditations, however, can focus you on a particular goal or quality you wish to develop.
How to Get Started
Spend at least twenty minutes a day immersed in free-flowing writing about your chosen theme. For example, if you’re feeling under appreciated or down, try having a designated GRATITUDE JOURNAL. Before writing, quiet yourself as you would with traditional forms of meditation. Relax the tension in your physical body, mind, emotions, and invite spirit to “inspire” you.
First, begin writing
Record all of the people, things and circumstances in your life for which you are grateful. This can shift your perception into a more tranquil and hopeful place. Each time you hold the intention to meditate on gratitude, and then write your thoughts about it on the page, you are reinforcing a positive vision and your practice in heightening your awareness to gratitude until it becomes your default way of life.
You might also keep a meditation journal around a goal.
Let’s say your goal is to write a book. Each day, sit down to meditate on the vision of yourself signing a book contract, smiling at the throngs of people in line to buy your book and signing the books. Your energy becomes directed toward that goal. When you write about it you might encounter Dragon blocks you hadn’t considered. As you write your way through them, you release tension and open to possibility.
We all need to take stock of ourselves on a regular basis.
Your special writing meditation practice might revolve around a quality you wish to develop. You could create a Patience Journal, for example. Write down the instances in which you were able to practice patience, as well as those times that you were not. Include what you might have done differently and record your intention for future situations in which you intend to respond with greater patience. Write, in detail, how it feels for you to be patient.
Journey Guide, Dr. Carl Jung, Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist founded analytical psychology. He said, “What you resist, persists.” The more you focus on what you don’t want, the more, through the Law of Attraction, you will call it to you. I don’t know if Jung was a fan of journaling, but he was all about integrating the opposites within ourselves, including the conscious and unconscious.
Let us know what writing meditations you do or are excited about building into your meditative practice.