Sometimes you need to sharpen your focus when you are writing. Meditation helps with that. It’s especially helpful if you are working through a troublesome scene. Meditation is easy. It has few rules that you need to adhere to. The first rule is there is no set way to meditate. You can do it standing, walking, sitting in a chair, sitting on the floor or cushion, or lying down. The second rule is there are no special tools required. The third rule is it’s ok if your mind wanders.
I usually lie down when I meditate. What can I say? I’m a bit lazy. I lay down on my bed and close my eyes. I have an app, Insight Timer, that I use for guided meditations or else I use the timer feature. There are other apps, like headspace. Alexa can play a meditation for you as well. They’re out there, you only need to find one and use it. I meditate daily, usually early in the morning but you can choose your time and place. Daily meditation is best for me. You might find it so as well although if you wanted to start with once a week, do so. Remember it’s a personal thing you choose for yourself.
I know, I said there were no special tools. The apps I mentioned are simple tools that you don’t need to use them, if you don’t want to. All you need do is choose a comfortable position, close your eyes and concentrate on your breath. I find counting my inhalations keeps my mind from wandering too much. If it wanders off, bring it back as soon as you realize it’s left the planned route. Start over. The point is to relax and focus on your breathing or the words of the guided meditation, if you use an app.
Walking meditations are a bit different. Needless to say, you shouldn’t close your eyes for them. You pick a good place to walk and count your steps if you need to keep your mind from wandering. Sometimes, I actually run the scene that bothers me through my mind as I walk. That’s a good way to work through the scene. Once you finish the meditation, the scene is usually worked out.
Meditation can help you focus on what you need to focus on. It can also help you with any stress that may be in your life. Breathing helps. If you focus on your breathing, you often find yourself relaxing. Sometimes a guided meditation will take you over your entire body. This can help you determine where you are stiff and tight. Then you can relax those areas. You’ll find it helps.
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