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Mindful : April 2016
Sit down with a couple sheets of paper in front of you and a pen that you like to write with. Feel your body, your fingers holding the pen, your hand resting on the paper, your arm ready to guide, your feet on the floor or your back resting on the seat. At the top of the page write the words, “ When I write by hand,” and then notice what shows up in your mind next. It could be a mem- ory from childhood of learning to write—or an aching in your fingers in this moment—or something about the sound of the pen touching, pausing, moving along on the page. Describe whatever it is, fol- lowing the associations until you come to a pause in your thoughts. Write the prompt again, “ When I write by hand . . . ” andheadoff,letting the words tumble for th, not concerned with making full sentences or perfect punc- tuation or spelling. Sit stable. Let your writing slow down. See how the forms change with this shift of speed. Notice how you’re feeling. Fill up two sheets of paper, or write for 10 minutes, then read what has come through. Where did you star t? Where did you end up? You’re involved in an age-old act of bringing the loftiness of thought—what the ancient Chinese called “heaven”—down to the practicality of “earth.” Joining “heaven and ear th” through human expression is the essence of ar t. PRACTICE Put Pen to Paper April 2016 mindful 75 insight practices AD UPCOMING CERTIFICATION TRAINING JAN 21-23, 2016 DURHAM, NC The Center for Koru Mindfulness trains and certifies individuals to teach the Koru Mindfulness curriculum, the only evidence-based mindfulness curriculum designed for college-age adults. Apply today! KORUMINDFULNESS.ORG SIGN UP BY NOVEMBER 30 AND RECEIVE A DISCOUNTED RATE TEACH MINDFULNESS to COLLEGE-AGE ADULTS