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Natalie Goldberg: “I Don’t Believe in Writer’s Block” | Talking Writing

Natalie Goldberg: “I Don’t Believe in Writer’s Block” | Talking Writing | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Some people embrace Natalie Goldberg’s Zen approach to writing; others resist it. But in all cases, she urges writers to dive deep. Author of the bestselling guides Writing Down the Bones (1986) and Wild Mind (1990), Goldberg peppers her conversation with Buddhist references like “sitting with my own mind.”

She speaks of the need to observe your “passing thoughts” in order to get to wild mind: the place within yourself that’s devoid of self-censorship.

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I discovered Natalie Goldberg when I was teaching middle school writer's workshop (back before the turn of the century).


Her mindful methods worked then. They will work now if they fit your vision of teaching writing. 


Think about it.

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The Incomparable Naomi Shihab Nye on Kindness

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The poems of Naomi Shihab Nye have an uncanny way of showing up at exactly the right moment to summon you below the surface of your life.


"Once we have the experience of absorbing a poem and feeling that appetite satisfied, then we have access to a language that is devoted to transporting the spirit. Just as there is something inside a compass that causes it to always return to true North, so there is something in poetry that can harmonize and refocus us."

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Writing As A Meditation Practice

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Those who have a regular meditation practice can simply add the writing immediately following it, and those who find it difficult to do traditional meditation will find this practice fruitful as the writing gives your busy mind something to do.

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Susan Taylor's curator insight, October 9, 2013 10:53 PM

Are you a meditation practitioner or do you find meditation practice to be a challenge?  Either way, writing can be used as a way to bridge your active mind with the meditative mind.  And as little as 10 minutes each day reaps great rewards.  This blog tells you how:

 

(1) Sit in stillness for 5-15 minutes or begin by taking a minimum of 21 consecutive breaths.  This sets the "intention to cultivate an atmosphere of warmth and openness toward yourself and your experience."

(2) Set a timer and free write for 10 minutes.  Just write what immediately comes to mind without conscious thinking.  (Right now...) Suspend impusles to stop, contemplate, edit or analyze.

(3) When the timer goes off, pause; take a breath or two and read what you wrote aloud to yourself.  Give yourself permission to listen deeply to yourself.

(4) Underline or highlight any words or phrases that resonate.  These fragments can be used now or for other timed writing sessions.

(5) At the conclusion of the session, intend that "whatever insight you gained produce positive effects for yourself and all beings touched by you."

 

This practice can be done anywhere, at any time in virtually any location.  The practice creates the "conditions where insights can arise as you uncover hidden obstacles and unwind your judging mind into greater warmth, spaciousness and acceptance of of all."

Mirna Yonis's curator insight, April 23, 2016 12:34 AM
#Meditation #Mindful #Healthy Practices
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, May 4, 2016 11:26 AM
Reflection and meditation are important practices for teachers.Take time and let things soak in and appear.
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Issa Haiku-a-Day

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Subscribe to receive a haiku by ISSA in your email each day. 


Just breathe those 17 syllables! 


~ Dennis

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