How It Works
Contemplative writing is a powerful writing practice based in mindfulness meditation.
Contemplative writing practice allows your true voice to emerge.
The practice of contemplative writing helps open a channel to your writing. You never ever need to be “blocked” or lacking something to write about. When you don’t know what to say, you can simply write “I don’t know what to say,” and move on from there.
Over time, this process allows your writing voice to emerge, unfolding like a rose, revealing itself in its full glory every time you’re brave enough to tell the truth.
WRITING WITH MINDFULNESS
Contemplative writing practice is both simple and profound: Meditate, settle the mind. Write your first thoughts as they come to you.
Revel in your beautiful, magical words, accepting that whatever has expressed itself through the quiet space of the mind is good enough.
Sometimes you read to others. Not for critique, judgement, or evaluation of the “quality” of the writing, and not for advice about how to make it “better.” Just quiet, deep listening.
COMPASSION AND SAFE SPACE
When we come together, we hold what we’ve done with care, in a container of compassion, trust and heart. We listen deeply and carefully, not just with our ears but with our hearts. We hold each other in sacred space as we write and, if we choose to share, as we read. This container provides us with the safety that allows us to write the truth as we know it, with courage and honesty, knowing we will never be judged.
FITTING WRITING INTO DAILY LIFE
Both classes and individual sessions help you create a writing practice that you can do on your own. The shape of this practice is up to you: maybe you want to write at home once a week for five minutes at a time. Or every day for twenty minutes at a coffee shop or park. Or you switch it up.
Treat this as an experiment and you can be curious about what actually works for you. You can settle on a practice that feels doable for you, not what you think you "should" be doing. Less is more.
What works for you may change over time. That's okay too. You’re building a structure with flexibility, a strong but permeable container for your writing.