When I stepped off the bus this morning, it was pouring down rain. A complete stranger put an umbrella over my head and we chatted easily for the five minutes it took to get to the building. After I thanked him and went on my way, I thought about the nice surprise of spending time in conversation with a good-looking guy first thing this morning. It felt like the universe was telling me to live in the moment.
During last evening’s religious study class, we talked about how important it is to have a Sabbath so we can refuel. I have been struggling with all the social networking I have to do to communicate about my events—it’s keeping me from getting my writing done. I need balance, not just in my life but also in my writing.
I journaled this morning. A planned stay at a hermitage at a monastery awaits me in October. I have allocated some blocks of time for social networking and keep my “real” writing time sacred. This morning proved I’m open to possibility and synchronicity, which are important for ideas, and zest for life, and trudging forward. And my walk at lunch time allowed me to let my worries go, a form of meditation.
Interesting how I can hold the tree pose for ten minutes on each leg and feel totally centered and balanced, but once my day gets going I soon feel like I’m going in a million directions. Julia Cameron had it right in The Artist’s Way when she recommended Morning Pages, Artist’s Dates, and attention to synchronicity. In her second book, she added walking. If we add sorting out priorities to her formula, we can achieve balance.
When life feels out of control, we just need to do tree pose and go for a walk to ruminate on our morning journaling, retreat time, and life’s surprises. Writing then becomes what we dream it should be—a bit of ourselves flowing through the keyboard and out into the world. It happens when we’re in balance.
Claudia Taller writes about writing, living well, and striving for excellence for a number of publications. In 2008, she launched Igniting Possibilities (http://www.ignitingpossibilties.blogspot.com/), which seeks to encourage unbounded creativity and personal exploration in others. Her Word Lovers retreats are held twice each year in Lakeside, Ohio, and memoir writing, spiritual quests, and other events are sprinkled throughout the calendar. She published the book Ohio’s Lake Erie Wineries (http://www.ohiolakeeriewineries.blogspot.com/) in June 2011.
There are five primary areas of practice to the Writer Wellness plan. Every other week I will post an idea for relaxation (Monday Meditation,) creative play (Tuesday Tickle,) fitness and exercise (Wednesday Workout,) journaling and misc. (Thursday Thought,) and nutrition (Friday Feast.)
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