For all pen, pencil and keyboard owners.
Writing is a powerful tool at the center of my spiritual practice. Like juicing, eating kale and loving animals, writing makes me a healthier person. Today I want to share what writing does for me, because I think it can do a lot for you too.
But first, know this, you don’t have to be a professional writer to benefit from a regular writing practice. You don’t have to believe you’re creative or talented either. Who cares about skill? I still misuse a semi colon. All you need to do is show up and explore. Trust me, if you do it enough, it will change the way you connect with yourself and others. And if you pay attention to the patterns in your writing, it will help you stay present.
Personally, I write what I need to read.
I write what I need to say. But most of all, I write to get to know myself—to better understand what I want, how I want to feel, and what’s troubling (or exciting) me.
If I’m struggling with something I turn to the page. When I’ve got an observation or a great memory I don’t want to lose, I spend a luxurious amount of time jotting it down and musing on my feelings about it. This definitely helps when I’m mining stories for a project (my brain doesn’t hold as much as it use to—thankfully my journals hold it all). But it also helps me feel more capable of working out my own issues and problems, of connecting with my wise higher self, rather than relying on too much external feedback and conflicting opinions.
I find it useful to ask myself questions and then scribble answers or walk around the room mumbling until I know what I want to say. Yes, I become that crazy lady (with awesome cats or in my case—dogs) who talks to herself and gestures.
Here are a few helpful writing prompts you can take for a spin.
Write them all in the front of a journal and pick one to explore several mornings per week. I promise you’ll uncover some interesting shizzle.
- What’s really going on?
- What do you need?
- How do you want to feel in your body and heart?
- What does your body say about this idea or decision?
- What are you grateful for?
- What’s not working?