Mindfulness Meditation Techniques | Dissociation and Creative Writing
Combining Mindfulness Meditation Techniques with Creative Writing such as; Stream of Consciousness Writing or Writing In Flow is a magical and powerful combination.
In mindfulness meditation You are practicing just being with yourself in the moment; not trying to change anything or do anything.
Observing things exactly as they are from a non-judgmental state of mind. Think of yourself as an observer or an impartial witness.
Whe practicing mindfulness meditation don't get frustrated, if your mind is continually judging. Changing your
attitude and ways of thinking requires a great deal of patience. Remember, gentle, loving, kindness goes a long way.
In beginner's mind you are taught to maintain your focus by bringing your attention back to your breath. If you are writing in flow at this time you would bring your attention back to your fingertips on the keyboard or to the pen and paper.
Your sense of awareness is heightened and finely tuned. You enter into a deep state of relaxation also known as, 'being'. In time you will cultivate a sense of calm, inner peace and self acceptance. You are continually waking up to new moments; one right after another.
When meditation is practiced on a daily basis it becomes a form of holistic discipline; a journey of self discovery and personal growth.
Once you get the hang of this try cultivating mindfulness throughout your day. Imagine you are trying to see the world through an uncluttered mind and a fresh set of new eyes with no thought or opinions attached.
When writing in flow, you are deeply engaged. When you write, you write from almost an unconscious state. It is continuous non-stop writing, there is no thought process involved.
who write in flow, recognize this state of being, as, 'the zone'. When
you are in, 'the zone' your writing flows effortlessly. Another name
for writing in flow is known as creative dissociation. Creative, meaning, you are not in a total dissociative state. You have the ability to be selective while you maintain awareness.
Having dealt with dissociation through much of my life. I seem to have somewhat of an advantage when it comes to writing in flow. Getting into 'the zone' comes more on a natural basis. Sometimes, the things that we struggle with most, become our allies later on in life. I call these blessings in disguise.
Stream of Consciousness Writing is non-stop, free flowing as well. This is usually the state that one starts off in before entering 'the zone' where writing in flow takes place.
When writing in flow you need to be aware of all of your senses as one is present to the moment in mindfulness meditation.
With the awareness of your senses intact, you write in flow; writing, whatever comes into your mind. There is no thought process or editing, it just flows from hand to paper or finger tips to keyboard.
Like mindfulness meditation, you observe the thoughts that enter your mind with a non-judgmental state of mind. Once you have observed them, you release them and let them go; bringing your focus back to your breath. Or,as in this case, back to the keyboard or pen and paper.
Bring the two together, (mindful meditation and writing in flow) and one compliments the other. Although, you are doing something, (writing or typing) You are doing this from a clear state of mind and a heightened sense of awareness. There is no thought process involved. The writing is automatic. If a thought enters your mind, you become aware of it, release it and let it go.
You are present in the moment, your senses are alive. You are aware of sensations in your body and sounds in your surroundings. You observe them from a non-judgmental state of mind, release them and let them go. You are continually waking up to one moment after another.
Like the ebb and flo of high and low tides, so too are the 'intrinsic rewards' of mindfulness meditation and creative writing.
Intrinsic rewards are valuable, rewarding, experiences from inner resources that validate our entire being. These experiences present themselves in many different ways.
The may come as a form of a knowing, an inner conviction or as in this case, revelations through your writing. They are crystal clear and connect on a soul level. There is no denying their presence. They may be answers that you have been searching for, for a very long time.
The concept for writing this article was based on a first hand experience of a revelation born in the moment which I encountered while responding to another hubber's hub.
To read about the hubber's hub which was the source of inspiration for this article and the experience that I encountered please read the continuation of this article titled,
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