FINDING THE CREATIVE YOU

WRITING YOUR WAY—A FORM OF MEDITATION

Are you surprised by this bold heading?  I came across this concept in Julia Cameron’s book “The Artist’s Way” —she is one amazing lady.

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Julia expressed a wish for groups to spring into being, using her book as a guide and text.  I am so grateful to her for permission to use The Artist’s Way  Edition (2016) and I would like to offer an introduction to “WRITING YOUR WAY .  Details to follow at the end of the post.

Back to the bold claim “WRITING AS A FORM OF  MEDITATION .  Let’s compare the benefits of mediation and the benefits of writing.

WHAT DOES MEDITATION DO FOR US?

I explored meditation to great lengths and here are a few benefits I discovered:

MEDITATION HELPED ME:

Sustain a feeling of calm and serenity by clearing my mind
Open myself to a Higher Power
Improve my coping skills when dealing with difficult people/situations/relationships (REALITY)
Cope better with physical pain

Pema Chodron is an American born Tibetan Buddhist nun.  She is also a resident teacher at Gampo Abbey Monastery in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.  I have a number of her books, among them is “How to Meditate.

Despite Pema’s  instructions, I couldn’t seem to easily incorporate meditation into my life.  I took Deepak and Oprah’s free 21-day meditation sessions a number of times; and I adore Oprah’s insights and Deepak’s voice but I always fall asleep and wake up to the tinkling of the bell.  I am a failure at meditation!

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According to Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

You let things be as they are, without judgment, and in that way you yourself learn to be.”

My late Mother’s take on life was: “There is always something to torture a soul.”

I kid you not!

 Pema’s says:

The Buddhist teachings are not only about removing the symptoms of suffering, they’re about actually removing the cause, or the root of suffering.  The Buddha said, ‘I teach only one thing:  suffering and the cessation of suffering’.”

On a brighter note, the root of happiness is also in our minds!  According to Pema if you work with your mind, you can alleviate all the suffering that you perceive as outside yourself and actually begin to feel happy and peaceful.  I felt writing was a way to work with my mind to explore the suffering I perceived outside myself.

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The sage, Shantideva offered a famous analogy on how we try to alleviate suffering.  He said if you walk the earth and your feet hurt 🚶—(I know all about that!) you might try to cover all the earth with hides of soft leather!  Or, you could cover your feet with leather and it’s as if the whole world is covered with leather and you are protected.  The world is not bad because it hurts your feet 🦶!

This confirms my beliefs that you can’t change reality but you can change your thoughts!

WHAT DOES WRITING AS A FORM OF CREATIVITY DO FOR US?

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Here are a few of the benefits I discovered —let’s see how they compare to meditation:

WRITING HELPED ME TO:

Expose the baggage of the past to the light where it could be healed.

Writing helped CLEAR MY MIND

Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche said, as noted above:

You let things be as they are, without judgment, and in that way you yourself learn to be.”

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According to Julia Cameron: 

When we open ourselves to exploring our creativity; we open ourselves to a Higher Power.

Writing helped me OPEN TO A HIGHER POWER!

See the difficult people/situations/relationships in a new light
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Writing helped me REALIZE EVERYONE HAS THEIR OWN STORY

Focus on the creative endeavour thereby distracting ourselves from pain and limitations.

Writing OPENED ME TO CREATIVITY AND JOY

IF “WRITING YOUR WAY”, interests you please contact me by e-mail  for further details —or IF you do not have my e-mail, Follow me on MargieGrams and leave your e-mail and a comment and I will contact you.

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