Lately I’ve been reading a bit about Mindfulness. I first noticed someone talking about it while flicking TV channels and getting caught on something. And then when I was lucky enough as part of my marathon training (I use the term loosely) to have coffee with marathon medallist Jess Trengove. She was lovely and so down to earth and she mentioned mindfulness when talking about getting through the long hours of training.
What is mindfulness?
The net can give a variety of answers but they seem to come down to a person being in the moment. Being right there in the present.
It’s harder than I thought.
I tend to be a worrier. Worry about things to come, worry about what I could have done differently in the past.
This extends to my writing at times and it can be paralysing.
So when reading about mindfulness for running I thought about writing too. How I worry about the next steps – what people will think, if it will sell, what if the sentence sucks. All that and more. Other things than the now can crowd me when I’m editing too. And even reading.
I’ve been trying to write/edit/read in the present. And it’s hard to do. But I think it will help, with practice, to free me to write/edit better.
Have you tried mindfulness in writing?
I always wanted to write. I’ve worked as a lab assistant, a pizza delivery driver and a high school teacher but I always pursued my first dream of creating stories. Now, I live with my family near Adelaide, halfway between the city and the sea, and am lucky to spend my days (and nights) writing young adult fiction.
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