Day 1 – Writing Practice
It’s 4pm and I am commencing my writing practice. In the lead up to sitting down a quiet voice in my head asks: “where do I start?”
I remember the wise words of Pema Chodron which have come to me a number of times over the last few days: “start where you are”… so I am.
And as I sit down to start typing, the heavens open, letting loose a very loud, very forceful downpour. I see everything as connected…this is a sign that I am on track. I smile… there is so much to say.
And now the noise is giving way to silence… the storm is quieting, the late afternoon sun shining through and casting my office in soft orange light… let’s begin… we’re now 10 minutes in…
It’s day one… so again in answer to “where do I start?” I am setting my intentions for this practice and working through the steps I teach: keep it Simple, Sustainable and Supported.
I do not know what will emerge each day to write. My intention is simply to write what comes and to share it through my blog.
The intention is to write daily at approximately 4pm (or an alternative time where appropriate/necessary).
I am supporting this practice with two other practices, a 10 minute sitting practice which I commenced last week and 20 minutes of morning pages from the Artists Way which I started this morning. These two practices are done in the morning in preparation for the day. If necessary the sitting practice can be repeated before writing.
In addition to publishing these posts I will also be e-mailing these posts to a few people.
I will check in and tweak this practice as necessary over the coming days, weeks and months.
Today I would like to share an observation about starting new practices
With all three practices mentioned here, I noted a lot of noise as I started. Last week I was on holiday and as I started to sit a loud conversation ensued outside my hotel room window and lasted for most of the 10 minutes. This morning as I sat down to the morning pages a number of unusual domestic activities started in our house and I was even called away for assistance. And now a storm!
This is not an unfamiliar occurrence, so through experience I hold this lightly and make it part of the practice… I liken it to stepping in and letting go of distractions in a Nia class, but prior to my knowledge of Nia I noted that whenever I start a new practice there is something that comes up to mark the start. Whether I experience it as the universe clapping indicating that I am on track or as a test of my resolve – ego pushing back at this desire to shift, it allows me to check whether I am really committed.
I am here and I have started.