Writing is my meditation, a way of rejuvenating when I’ve been depleted by life and stress. Nothing brings me back quite like closing the door on the outside world and letting words emerge, the ones necessary for me to return to good spirits.
Why is this? I’ve heard many writers express similar sentiments…they must write to stay sane.
I cannot speak for anyone else, but I believe it’s because I am not the same person I was yesterday. Everything changes me. Every experience and encounter, both positive and negative, affects my spirit. By our nature, I think writers are forced to deal with a sensitivity to the world more than most people. We must express our reflective nature and live in the hope that our words are not just trees crashing in the forest, wondering if anyone will hear them. But even if no one hears, or reads, we must write to stay balanced.
This requires huge wells of time and space to examine and meditate and think about who we are and our relationship with the world. Because everything changes, the very fabric of our being, physical and spiritual, is being realigned, shifted in the most subtle ways. The velocity of electrons can reach up to two million meters per second. So, even at rest, we are in motion and I suspect that the very molecules of my being are subtly shifted on a daily basis.
Words are the outward manifestation of this shift. Writing is essential to restoring the balance.
Today’s writer’s tool: Retreat and reflection