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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How Does Healing Happen?
Pen to Paper, Excerpt from Twenty Minute Practice
I find myself going through the stages of enlightenment. I didn’t know it would happen. I didn’t shoot for it. I don’t even know if I want it now. It is the continual interface of bliss and trauma. The manifestation of creation alive in my body – emptiness, chaos, beauty. I know what a star feels like, what an expanding universe feels like, what god feels like. It’s lonely, like running through a sprinkler on a hot day.