An introduction to Contemplative Writing: Writing in the container of the Dharma/Buddhism is about learning to trust perception – the basic, the ordinary, the magical connection to our world, and our minds. My teacher is Miriam Hall of www.herspiral.com. We both have studied with Natalie Goldberg, who wrote Writing Down The Bones: Freeing the Writer Within. In Writing Down the Bones, Natalie’s groundbreaking first book, she brings together Zen meditation and writing in a new way. Writing practice, as she calls it, is no different from other forms of Zen practice — “it is backed by two thousand years of studying the mind.”
The process for contemplative writing: I bow. Then, I meditate for five minutes. Then, I set a timer, and begin to write, pen to paper. I do not stop. I do not edit. I invite what wants to arise, the texture of my mind, the passions of soul, the winds of Oneness.
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I Am That Tree
Pen to Paper, Ten Minute Practice
I am that tree on your way to work. I am that tree you drive by without looking at each day. Now, it is fall, and you seem to be listening. We talk about my leaves changing color, green to maple peach, and then you look away again.
I ask you, let’s try to talk about the rain fall and how it’s abundance has got me worried. I will be OK, but I don’t feel you will be OK. I tried to talk to you about some of the research I’ve read, some of the climate scientists I’ve been looking into. I want to tell you I could help change the vibrational energy, the stuff in the field.
Do you remember Rumi, the poet? He knew. I know. We trees know.
Please. Step into this field with me. We can work this out together, human and tree. I have been here longer than you. I know some things. It’s an open invitation, never too late.