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Mindful : April 2014
Mindful Writing Writing benefits from the capacities that mindful- ness cultivates: seeing and hearing things just as they are, bearing witness to life; being in the moment, even when remembering the past or imag ining the future; not judging others and oneself while still exercising dis- criminating wisdom; holding multiple perspectives; being open to the new; and practic- ing kindness, compassion, and patience. Mindful awa re- ness helps us see, in Gerard Manley Hopkins words, “a ll things...original, spare, strange.” At the same time, it acknowledges our intercon- nection. All of us, when we write, a re giving something, and we need a reader who will accept our gift. We each write out of our own loneli- ness to express ourselves to another human being. What follows are some ways to bring mindfulness to your writing. JOURNAL WRITING Writing in a journal is one of the oldest methods of self- exploration and expression. Although they’re not writ- ten for publication and often don’t last longer than their authors, we have extraordi- nary examples of journals in the work of Virginia Woolf, Thomas Merton, May Sarton, and Anne Frank, among others. As these illustrate, a journal can help one cultivate the ability to live in the pres- ent, to become deeply awa re and appreciative of life. There are many journal practices. Here are a few: Once a Day: Write some- thing new every day. Add a drawing or a photograph to it. Journals, like mindfulness, help us appreciate the simple fact that every moment in our lives brings something new and different. We only need to notice it. in practice insight