Stillness | Jillian Sullivan

Stillness

Jillian SullivanRain is coming, it said on the news, and outside there is a stillness in the air above the mountains and a hushed light, as if all is waiting.

Meditating before you write is like that quiet time before the rain falls. It’s a way of stopping one life – that of jobs, family, friends, incessant thoughts, finances, housework – and stepping into a land where there is only quietness, as if for a few minutes, or half an hour, we are bathed in a stranger light.

Standing, we are stilled. Silent, we are called to action.

Then we move, as if from a decontamination zone, to a more exuberant world.

Is it possible to write straight from the ordinary world?

Yes – in the moment of turning from the world to the keyboard or page there is a change: I give up this world for that.

With meditation, or prayer, or time of thanks, that time is extended. It is a time to renew, so you are not rushed from world to page, and importantly it is a time to be thankful. It’s like saying grace before a meal.

Writing proceeds then from a sense of acknowledgement that it is not the thoughts of the writer but the grace of the subconscious, the sum of all, that is coming through.

*Taken from my eBook which will be available later this year.

About Jillian

Jillian is an award-winning author for children, young adults, and adults. A mother of 5, a Grandma of 6, a teacher of the 'Hero's Journey' and a builder of straw bale houses.

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