Using Meditation to Overcome Writer’s Block

If you are blocked, just sit down with no intentions as to topic and turn on some music that you like. Then close your eyes and write whatever comes to mind. This only works if your block is stemming from stress or tenseness. Pick music that relaxes you. Then, listen for a moment without doing anything. Then let the words ride the music from your ears to your mind to your fingers. Don’t worry about content. If you have something you need to write about, it will come after a few minutes. That is the key. Relax and be patient. The music will relax you and the words will come.

Will you keep all the words you write in this time? I doubt it. This is a first draft, but you will find enough to make it work for you though, depending on how long you sit and write. I wrote these words while listening to a relaxing meditation on the insight timer app. I believe it is available on both android and iphone. Just listen to any kind of music you like. Set a timer if you wish.

  Let the music wash over you and relax you. Let it soothe or lull you. That’s key. You have to be relaxed for this to work. Then write whatever comes to mind. If you have been stuck on a piece you need to write, that’s what’s in your mind. That’s what will flow out. Well, that is the theory here anyway. Sometimes we psych ourselves into a block when all we really need to do is relax and let the words come as they will. This is what this meditation/writing session is about. Relaxing and letting the words come as they will. Don’t think about the content. Just let the words come. You will likely find something you want to keep from the session. Do that.

I use my daily journal to compose these blogs. Then I just copy and paste what I want to keep for the blog. What I wrote stays in the journal in its entirety. I don’t throw away the first draft of my blogs. They remain there in my journal. That’s my process. Your process may be different. If you should find yourself stuck, try a music meditation and see if that releases you. Chances are, you were only stressing too much.

Stress is the enemy of the creative process. If you restrict your creativity, you stress yourself. The more you feel restricted the more stress you are, the more restricted and you get the drift. This is just one of the tricks I use to get words to flow. You don’t have to use it, but I do suggest that you try it. It might help you.

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I am not one who is comfortable talking about myself but here goes. I enjoy writing, family history, and reading. I decided to do this blog because I wanted to try something new. I decided to make it a weekly blog because I wasn't sure that I could keep up with a daily one, and monthly seemed like I was writing a magazine. I think I did ok with my choices. You'll notice that there are not a lot of graphics on my site. That's because there are graphics plastered everywhere on the Internet and those sites sometimes take forever to load. This blog is a place where you can kick back, relax and be ready to be amused. At least I hope I willbamuse you. This blog is on a variety of subjects from my ficitional cat agency, the FFL, which is monthly, to instructional blogs to editorials, which are my opinions only. I admit that I don't know everything and could be wrong -- I frequently am. Now, stop reading about me and read what I have to say!

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