Archives for February 2015

WRITING AS A SPIRITUAL PRACTICE: Finding the Zone

sunriseYou are invited to my “Writing as a Spiritual Practice” workshop on Sunday, March 22, at Mercy Center in Burlingame, CA. Do come early to enjoy the beautiful walking trails, exquisite labyrinth, and 500-year old oaks. For more info or to register, click WRITING AS A SPIRITUAL PRACTICE.

When we write in the Zone, we are using writing as a spiritual practice—whether or not we know it!

Like most mystical and semi-mystical experiences, the Zone defies easy explanation. And like most things mystical, we can only point to it; we can never say definitively what it is without losing its essence. When we try to nail it down with specific words, we limit it.

Each of us experiences the Zone a little differently. My experience of the Zone is different from yours. We all know the feeling of being completely focused in present time, thoroughly engaged in what we’re doing, incredibly productive, spontaneous, imaginative, joyful, and writing almost as if something or someone else were doing the work for us—but each of us experiences that phenomenon in a way that is absolutely unique.

Like many spiritual practices, writing in the Zone aims to put us in the path of grace—and out of that state comes a level of creativity that amazes us.

How can we get at the Zone? How can we get it back if we lose it?

We will explore that and more at “Writing as a Spiritual Practice” on March 22, 2015. All are welcome, and bring your friends to enjoy the day. The workshop is 10-4, and lunch is provided.

 

WRITING AS A SPIRITUAL PRACTICE: Beyond Monkey Mind

trackingYou are invited to my “Writing as a Spiritual Practice” workshop on Sunday, March 22, at Mercy Center in Burlingame, CA. Do come early to enjoy the beautiful walking trails, exquisite labyrinth, and 500-year old oaks. For more info or to register, click WRITING AS A SPIRITUAL PRACTICE.

When we use writing as a spiritual practice, our connection with the divine gets stronger, and our writing gets both better and easier.

The job of a good spiritual practice is to get us beyond our “monkey mind’s” nattering and whining, into that peaceful, energized, creative, clear, spontaneous and joyful place we sometimes call the Zone.

It’s a matter of “out with the old, in with the new.” When we dissolve what’s in the way, all that’s left is that glorious, silent space from which creativity flows.

Some ways writing can take us beyond monkey mind are:

  • Exercises designed to calm the confusion and complaining: journaling, morning pages, free-writing
  • Writing our way out of trouble with such exercises as “Cry and Write,” “Dumping Ground,” “Healing Pages,” and “Clarify the Chaos”

When we’ve mollified the monkeys, we can put ourselves in the way of grace. We can practice the presence of the divine as we write, which is not only great fun but makes our writing an effortless joy.

We will discuss and practice all this and more at “Writing as a Spiritual Practice” on March 22, 2015. All are welcome, and bring your friends to enjoy the day. The workshop is 10-4, and lunch is provided.