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ERIC Number: ED343137
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Mar
Pages: 10
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Writing To Heal: Using Meditation in the Writing Process.
Campbell, JoAnn
Meditation is the practice of becoming still--training the mind to slow down. Researchers have acknowledged the "technical" relationship between meditation and writing. Meditation can become part of the writing process, particularly for those who experience writing apprehension, often expressed as procrastination or writer's block. Discursive meditation can channel inner speech in a state of heightened consciousness and self-communication that enables the writer to summon thoughts about a subject. Meditating before writing offers interesting material in often vivid detail. It also offers those who write with tension or fear a different physical experience of writing. Apprehensive writers who associate writing with academic tasks and audiences may benefit from an experience in which writing is not a goal but part of a healing process that includes meditation. Such writing is not evaluated, and may not even be read. While it seems particularly capitalistic to think of meditation as a means to an end, in Zen, the practice of meditation is all, and meditators are cautioned against becoming too attached to outcomes or insights. Anyone on a spiritual journey should combine writing and meditating, and should seek a spiritual site of composing wherever people gather to acknowledge their divinity and affirm their spiritual connection. (SG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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