Writing is a Moving Meditation
I have been flirting with Jon Kabat-Zinn’s book “Wherever You Go There You Are” for years, but after reading a few passages, I always end up putting the book back on my shelf. I think this is because meditation for me has always been elusive, not only in its simplicity, but in the practice of sitting still.
Sitting still is very, very, very hard for me. Even as I write this, my feet are dancing with each other like I’m a human cricket.
It’s only been recently that I’ve realized I have been practicing meditation for years in my writing. As my pen moves across the blank pages of my journal, I am practicing mindfulness by watching my thoughts. When I write, I give attention to the ebb and flow of my emotions and the actions and reactions they produce. When I write, I can listen to my life, listen to the thrumming of my soul. When I write, I can stand back and see clearly what I am thinking without being swept away in the currents.
One day when I picked the book up again, I had an epiphany. I decided to replace the word “meditation” with “writing.” Here is a paragraph from the introduction of his book with my revision:
“[Writing] is simply about being yourself and knowing something about who that is. It is about coming to realize that you are on a path whether you like it or not, namely, the path that is your life. [Writing] may help us see that this path we call our life has direction; that it is always unfolding, moment by moment; and that what happens now, in this moment, influences what happens next.”
This revised paragraph is a perfect explanation of why I must write in this life, of how writing has created a space through which I can understand Life and my place and purpose within it.
I thank God for the desire and need to write, because through it, I can catch a glimpse of the Divine in the everydayness of life. What a simple blessing.