Rain 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.