I am planning to restart my meditation practice thanks to the amazing online support I get from Susan Piver and the Open Heart Project. I have signed up for her Practitioner Level training which at $108 a year is unbelievably reasonable for a year’s training! She also has a FREE basic level meditation practice (which is what I was doing around Christmas and the New Year) so that’s even more reasonable! She describes this level as suitable for “those who are brand new beginners, need a refresher, or simply want gentle reminders to practice” whereas the practitioner level is “about establishing your meditation practice and applying its unique benefits at work, in relationships, and along your inner journey.” In addition to the online meditation training and support she is also delivering an online meditation weekend retreat and an online bookclub as well as lots of other goodies so check her out.
“Meant for those who want to embrace fearlessness, joy, and ease.”
I have also been thinking a lot (and incessently internet browsing) about writing. Writing a blog, writing a novel or short story, writing articles for magazines, etc. And I’ve realised that what I actually need to do is WRITE! Stop the reading and start the writing. So, I have rediscovered a beautiful journal I had which has only about three lines written in it and I’m planning to restart the process of writing my ‘Morning Pages’.
In order to retrieve your creativity, you need to find it. I ask you to do this by an apparently pointless process I call the morning pages.
Morning Pages are three pages of longhand, stream of consciousness writing, done first thing in the morning. There is no wrong way to do Morning Pages– they are not high art. They are about anything and everything that crosses your mind– and they are for your eyes only. Occasionally colorful, more often than not Morning Pages are negative, fragmented, repetitive or bland. Good! Worrying about your job, the laundry, the weird look your friend gave you – all that stuff distracts you from your creativity. It eddies through your subconsciousness and muddies your day. Get it on the page first thing in the morning and move on with your day with a freer spirit.
I LOVE this! And there is something so freeing about spilling your guts to the page every morning.
I believe these two practices will bring me back to where I was before my Granny died. I am hoping that I can gain some peace from the past two years of grieving and can restart the process of rebuilding my confidence and my career. And it all starts next week!