Six Ways Meditation Can Make You a Better Writer

Ever since I printed my first letter “A” while watching Sesame Street as a toddler, I wanted to be a writer. I spent a good deal of my childhood and teens expressing my innermost thoughts and feelings through stories and poems. Once I reached a certain age, however, my yearning to write became more of a problem. According to my parents, it would get in the way of my earning a real living.

So, over the years, I tried to find a middle ground. I gave up fiction for a while and became a technical writer. It wasn’t until I learned to meditate, over a decade ago, that I realized I owed it to myself to pursue my dream. This article talks about how meditation made me a better writer, not a better writer than other people, but the best writer I can be.

1. Meditation allows me to get a different perspective: 
First of all, meditation is a spiritual practice that teaches us to seek within ourselves for guidance. When I meditate, I can get truly free of not only the perspectives of other people or what’s been done before. I can tune into my inner wisdom pull myself out of any problem. This different perspective really assists me in writing. I can use it to get to know my characters, to hear their voices. I can also use it to try to figure out how they would solve their own problems. If I get caught in a story idea, or character’s problem, I meditate until I find the answer. And I trust that the answers will come.
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2. Meditation allows me to find inspiration: 
Similar to the way meditation allows for a different perspective, it’s also a wonderful way to attain creative insight and inspiration. I can tune into different worlds, allow myself to dream, and try out different story ideas until I find the one that calls me to write it. In fact, one of the courses I teach has an amazing tool for using your dreams or meditations to problem solve.

3. Meditation teaches me not to compare myself to others, to anyone else’s journey or achievements: 
One of the most difficult things for writers to do is not compare their successes (or challenges) with others. It’s so easy to get bogged down in other people’s opinions, or why one person is more successful than you are. When I meditate, however, I am reminded of the infinite abundance of spirit that connects us all. My spirit is working for me. My journey is different than other people’s but it’s perfectly tailored for my learning at this time. A friend once said to me, “Don’t give up your insides for someone else’s outsides.” I’ve come to realize that my life is a gift, just the way it is. And what other people have in their life does not matter. This is a discipline I’ve cultivated through a meditation practice.

4. Meditation keeps me humble, out of ego-first thinking: 
As with comparison, meditation allows me to see myself as I truly am: a spirit having a human experience. If I forget that, I can be led around by my ego, needing everyone to like me and my writing. It has been my finding that if I need anything from others, my neediness can push that very thing away. Ego can make us quite needy. It is only when I am humble, and out of ego, that I can open to my true potential.

5. Meditation assists me to move out of blocks – writer’s block or otherwise:
As part of my meditation practice, I have cultivated a life of truth. This means telling myself the truth, feeling my true feelings, and being willing to face my spirit no matter what. Every block I’ve experienced in my life stems around a feeling that I’m afraid to feel or a truth I’m afraid to face. The same is true of writer’s block. It’s simply another area where fear has me in its grip. I meditate to ask my spirit “what am I truly afraid of?” Once I face that fear, the block lifts.

6. Meditation gives me patience that sustains me when the path is long and arduous: 
Fulfilling any dream takes time, be it becoming an author or poet, or finishing medical school. There’s a discipline involved in studying and learning to get better at your chosen craft or profession. Meditation teaches me patience. It re-energizes and rejuvenates me to keep me focused on the long haul.

Though these are listed as six ways meditation has made me a better writer, truth is, I believe these lessons apply to any and all areas of life. If you have a particular meditation practice, keep up the good work!

Namaste!

~ Lisa Voisin,
Level 2 Teacher

Reprinted with thanks from Lisa’s blog,
https://lisavoisin.wordpress.com/2015/03/09/six-ways-meditation-can-make-you-a-better-writer/

Chocolate to Meditate On

I’ve practiced meditation for many years and now I’m embarking on the process of training to teach it. I’m training to teach Level 1 – The Prophet. I’ve grown so much through my meditation practice and I want to help other people, the way I’ve been helped. I want to empower others to fully live their own life.

A few months back, I attended the Academy’s annual Teacher’s Conference. It’s an amazing gathering where I get the chance to explore my inner landscape, learn some tools and tips for teaching, and network with other teachers. Some of my colleagues have taught hundreds of people, some a dozen, and others are learning – like me.

One of my favourite parts of meeting and connecting with other teachers, is sharing my joy of food – in particular, chocolate, one of my favourite foods. Each year as I prepare for the Conference, I reminisce over the past year’s best chocolate experiences, and bring some of my favourites to share. I often bring my own chocolate bark– here’s the recipe:

Chocolate Bark

  • 700 g dark chocolate, brickchocolate
  • 200 g raw/roasted shelled pistachio seeds
  • 100 g dried mango, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 tsp cardamom seeds
  • 1 tsp coarse sea salt
  1. Chunk the chocolate brick, and melt in a double boiler over low heat, until melted, then take off the stove.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, then spread the cardamom seeds and dried mango randomly.
  3. Pour the melted chocolate over the cardamom and mango. Add the pistachios and sea salt to the top.
  4. Place in the fridge for half an hour, until solidified, then break up into pieces, and enjoy!

This year, I was excited to showcase one of my favourite local chocolate artists from here in Vancouver, Beta 5 Chocolates. Not only do they use my favourite chocolate base, from Michel Cluizel of France, they also create fascinating shaped Polygon Bars and incorporate fantastic flavours and colours. I tell everyone who will listen.

Another Canadian chocolate maker, Theobroma, based in Quebec, uses non-GMO ingredients, is gluten free, Fair Trade, and one of my perennial choices. When I want yum without having to think, Theobroma is one of my go-to chocolates.

You can tell I love chocolate. A bit of a connoisseur, really. Well I also love knowledge. A bit of a seeker, for sure. And as I shared chocolate experiences with my colleagues, and learned more about teaching and this amazing energy work that we do, I realized how much I appreciate this community of teachers who truly appreciate my unique gifts. So now as I prepare to teach, I find myself meditating often on chocolate.

~ Matthew Craig

Meditating with Crystals – Garnet

For years, I used to pore over books about crystals, finding contradictory information and wondering how to know what was correct. As I mentioned in my post about Sodalite once I decided to meditate with my crystals and see what information they had to share with me, I discovered that every crystal is a unique individual.

As I began treating each crystal in this way, I could see the common properties and similarities between all stones of a type. But just as crystals amplify, absorb, clear, and store energy, they are affected by their experiences, the places they’ve been, how energetically clean they are, and the people who’ve handled them. Interesting how like us they are.

The garnet crystal I worked with in this session was one I bought at a rock and gem show in Abbotsford a few years ago. I bought it because it seemed to call to me from across the room. It was love at first sight.

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In general, garnet is a rich red stone with a lovely energy. Because it’s commonly used in jewelry, you often see it cut and polished. In its rough form, however, the rich red garnet looks like a brownish red pebble. Garnet is sometimes known as the birthstone for January.

Here’s what I discovered about my garnet crystal when I meditated with it:

  • Garnet energy is quite grounding.
  • It heals and opens the sexual and procreative areas.
  • It enhances passion.
  • Garnet is good for the root chakra.
  • It allows for creative vision.
  • Garnet energizes the aura in a calm way and amplifies energy without any jarring.
  • It sharpens all the senses, especially smell and taste.

Garnet energy is self-contained, never showy. It is often used as a stone of protection. It promotes prudence and energetic awareness, clarity and calm.

As I experimented, I discovered some specific uses:

  • Held over the second chakra, it promotes creativity, the freedom to explore who you are and the ability to move from a plan into action.
  • Over the heart chakra, it enhances a love of truth, and opens your heart to your physical self.
  • Over the thymus, it opens you to stardust energy.
  • Over the throat, it opens you to creative communications – new ways.
  • Over the 3rd eye, it enhances archetypal visions, such as remembering experiences from past lives.
  • Held over the crown chakra, it encourages a flow of energy from the crown down to the root chakra – grounding, and bringing light into the body.

These are just some of the things I learned while meditating with this piece of garnet. I encourage you to do the same with some of the crystals that you share your home with.

~ Lisa Voisin, Level II Teacher
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Tuning Your Instrument

If you look at your body as an instrument, you may see that it is a vibrational form that allows you to move freely through this time/space continuum. As with any instrument, tuning is an ongoing activity, never perfect, always changing. The key to tuning any instrument is awareness.

The following two exercises are a great way to begin tuning the beautiful instrument that is your body. Find a peaceful place, be well watered, start listening to the consciousness of all your cells (not just the ones in your head:)…and begin!
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Equalize The Weight On Both Feet

  1. Stand with your hands resting over your lower belly, and your feet hip width apart.
  2. Align the soles of your feet and distribute your weight evenly through both feet. For cramped feet: reach for the ground lovingly with intent. For sagging feet: feel a soft energy support bubble at the insteps.
  3. Allow an intimacy with all cells of both soles with the ground.
  4. Feel energy quickly trickling up from the bubbling springs or Yongquan point at the instep of the feet.
  5. Simultaneously feel energy express out through the padded part of the feet back into the ground.
  6. Feel this flow of energy up the inside of the legs to the pelvis/second chakra and then down the outside of the legs to the pads of the feet.
  7. Intend this circulation of energy for 3 minutes or longer.

See With Your Kneecaps

  1. Stand in the same position as the first exercise.
  2. Catch your in-breath with your hands.
  3. Breathe and build a grounding awareness.
  4. Open the eyes of your knees by gently contracting the muscles directly above your kneecaps.
  5. Hold these muscles in tone (instead of tension) for a few breaths.
  6. Feel a spinal alignment.
  7. Celebrate subtly.
  8. Repeat for a few more breaths.

Practice awareness walking with the eyes of the knees open. You’ll never stub your toe again!

Have fun tuning up and thanks for playing!

~ Megan Gerace

Meditating with Crystals – Sodalite

I have been interested in stones and crystals for as long as I can remember.  As a child, I loved to collect pretty rocks and tumbled stones.  For years before I took the Training, I would buy books about crystals that would tell me their different meanings.  Little did I know that in some of these books, the author had received information about each crystal through meditation.

I decided to try it for myself, using the tools I learned in Level 1.  Over the years, as I learned how to interpret my own information and trust myself more, I found I could open more and more to the information available to me.  While I can still look at a book for a quick idea of what to do with a crystal, I find that each crystal is unique.  It may have properties it shares with other crystals of its type, but it may also have properties of its own.  When I work with crystals, I still find the best information comes from within, through meditating with them.

To begin, I recommend working with awakened, cleared crystals. One of the techniques we learned in Level 1 is how I clear my crystals. If you’d like to know more, please visit a Level 1 class near you for details!

Recently, I’ve been meditating with Sodalite. In its most common form, it is a rich blue stone interlaced with white striations.

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My Read on the Metaphysical Properties of Sodalite
Here’s some of what I learned while meditating with a piece of Sodalite:

  • Its energy feels like a gentle light blue, like a pale sky blue.
  • Its energy promotes a sense of organization and balance, but with the essence of simplicity.
  • On the throat chakra, it releases emotions (tension) caught in the throat.
  • On the second chakra, it gently illuminates, bringing a sense of peace and grounding.
  • On the 3rd eye chakra, it opens the third eye. It begins gently, by assuaging fears of seeing. Sodalite reminds me that there is order to the universe and that it is safe to look. It can also be used (with intention) to dispel illusion.
  • On the crown chakra, sodalite can be used with intention to restore a sense of a greater order… a higher order.
  • Held in the left hand, this crystal offers a sense of companionship and comfort – a sense of ease.
  • Held in the right hand, it draws out and dispels negativity and clear it. When used this way, be sure to give the sodalite a good clearing afterward.

~ by Lisa Voisin, Level II Teacher
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The Quality of our Experience is Determined by the Quality of our Attention

You may have heard the saying “Energy flows where attention goes” or “Thoughts become things” and “You get what you think about, whether you want it or not”.  All three of these statements are from different disciplines. And they all point to the same aspect of this world we live in – what you squality of our experienceee and feel depends on what you place your focus on.

When I took Level 1, I hadn’t thought much about physics. I had manifested many amazing things in my life – things that couldn’t be explained by the way the man-made world “normally” worked.   But it had been largely unconscious manifestations.  An elderly Indian gentlemen once told me emphatically what good karma I had – I think he was right.

During my Level 1 class there was talk about physics and I was intrigued. I am a learner by nature so I started learning about quantum physics. Over about eight years, as I developed my own practices, I came to understand more and more how magical this world is – how magical we are.

Quantum physicists will tell you that particles are essentially probability waves. They only stop “waving” and become a single entity when we observe them.  When we put our attention on them. Just think about what that means. When you put your attention on something, that particle stops being all possible things and becomes that one thing you are observing.

And it doesn’t matter if this is in your minds eye or in front of you. Now that’s magical.
So what are you thinking about?

~ by Nancy Marsh