Buster Benson, the founder of 750words, explains how writing is a form of meditation we can all do. Instead of setting a word limit, set a time limit and write whatever comes to mind. Don’t judge or censor what you’re writing—just observe your thoughts and write what you see. He explains one reason this type of meditation might work for some people:
The act of typing serves as a hand rail on our thoughts, and occupies a certain part of the brain that generally gets restless and looks for something to do, because it’s already doing something: typing. Disabling that restless squirrel in your brain is the reason why activities like walking, showering, doing the dishes, gardening, etc are all such great activities for stirring up creative thoughts. Free writing has the added benefit of providing a tangible trail of thoughts as they rise up. You’re essentially hitching your subconscious directly to your typing fingers.
A writing meditation isn’t that much different than journaling, and any tool works for a writing meditation. The difference is here you’ll observe your thoughts rather than write about your day or to solve a problem.
If a silent or still meditation hasn’t worked for you, check out the link for ideas on how to start a writing meditation.
Better Than Meditation – Better Humans | Buster Benson
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