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Madhu Bazaz Wangu

Rebirth of My Golden Pothos

This morning one of my twin golden Pothos plant delighted me! As I turned this lush indoor climber around I discovered three stems lying on the ground waiting to be trimmed. Here is the story of why this sight was so pleasant. One of the many things that thrilled me when I came to the United States was luscious indoor plants. Seven years later, when my parents visited us my mother too was delighted with plants thriving inside our home. She added a philodendron to my small collection. That plant is a quarter of a century old now. Its attractive foliage, although gone through many ups and downs, continues to grow in soil enriched with humus. Through years I have placed it in shade, under filtered light or in indirect sun....

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Writing Meditation Method: How does it Work?

Activating Writer's Energy Centers  The aim of the Mindful Writers is to complete a book length manuscript in nine-months using Writing Meditation Method. By the end of the first cycle of three months they find their productivity increase, voice deepen and blocks eliminated. Before joining the Mindful Writers Group most writers feel fragmented, unable to achieve their writing dream. But by the end of the nine-months of practice their body, heart and mind feel integrated. Equilibrium returns. And changes begin to occur within that affect their without. At the beginning of each session, I lead all participants (novice as well as professional writers) with body, heart or mind meditation. I bring their attention to each and every limb, each and every organ of the body as we scan various parts...

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A Frozen Crust on my Computer Screen

At times, why does facing a computer screen make me fearful? I sit to do something that I love to do but can't begin? Does it happen to you too, whether you are a writer or not?  Does it feel that your talent and skill have dried up, never to blossom and grow again?   It happens to me. But I also know that this feeling is fleeting. I usually experience it due to some emotional disturbance or a cognitive knot. The interference forms like a frozen crust over my computer screen reflecting my inside. The emotional or intellectual imbalance may be mild or massive but it's affect squeezes out the zest that I have for my work. In your life, at one time or another, you too must have faced...

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Aftermath of Writing Meditation Method Presentations

I returned from Pennwriters 25th Silver Conference last Sunday, exhausted.  However, the conference was an outstanding gathering of award winning professionals and novice writers. The two keynote speakers, Hank Phillipppi Ryan and Maria V. Snyder are  New York Times bestsellers. They shared their own writing journeys with personal humorous anecdotes. Their addresses were not only informative and enlightening but also left us entertained and energized.   I offered a four-hour Writing Meditation Method seminar and one-hour workshop Writing Meditation After 50. I also pitched my book The Guidebook of Writing Meditation Method to an agent, attended Bobbi Carducci's workshop "No Means Nothing" and an agent panel moderated by Nancy Martin. Throughout the meeting I met hundreds of writers of all levels and genres. Once back home, it took me a cycle of...

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Writing Meditation Seminar & Workshop

Come, Join us for Pennwriters 25th Annual Conference!   The 25th Annual Pennwriters Conference will be held from May 18th through the 20th at The Eden Resort & Suites, located in the heart of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. (Eden Resorts in Lancaster, PA.) This year's program includes Dr. Madhu B. Wangu's Pre-Conference Seminar on Mindful Writing Meditation and the workshop,  Writing Meditation After 50.  Pre-Conference Seminar: Mindful Writing Meditation Thursday, May 17, 2012, 8:00-12:00, The reason so many talented writers are unable to complete their manuscript is not so much the lack of aptitude or skill but the lack of discipline and focus. Come and learn the practice of  Writing Meditation as a means to tap into your inner source of creativity and commitment. Dr. Wangu will guide participants through three fifteen-minutes meditations on...

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Pennwriters Organization Presents: Dr. Madhu B. Wangu

Dr. Madhu B. Wangu's areas of study are Hindu & Buddhist Goddesses and Asian Art. She has a doctorate in the Phenomenology of Religion from the University of Pittsburgh and a post-doctoral fellowship from the Harvard University. For fifteen years, she taught at Wellesley and Wheaton Colleges in Massachusetts and at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania. In 1997, she voyaged around the world with 750 college students & 28 faculty members from around the country. In 2010, she founded Mindful Writers Group. She leads writers through meditation and writing sessions. A former Author Advocate at Pennwriters, she is presently an active board member. Dr Wangu is writing A  Guidebook for Mindful Writing and Living  and an American edition of her debut novel,  An Indian Immigrant Wife. Latest work: Meditation for Mindful...

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Writing Goals for 2012

Whether you are a budding writer or more advanced writer, I sincerely hope that this year you will integrate the practices of meditation and writing. Meditation cultivates mindfulness and that, in my experience, is the queen of all the writer's tools and techniques. It is simple (not easy) but the results are amazing. In order to practice meditation. Find a quiet place. Sit in a comfortable posture with your eyes closed.  Focus on your in-breath and your out-breath, and pay attention to your sensations, and thoughts and emotions passing through your mind. Practice this discipline daily or on the days you plan to write: same time same place.  Begin to meditate in small steps of five to ten minutes. Slowly increase its duration to fifteen minutes. You will feel your...

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A Letter to My Granddaughter

My Aria, My Rosebud, A few months before your birth your mother called to tell us that you were going to be a girl. "What a blessing!" I said as the images of my own two blessings surfaced in my mind. As a young woman, I used to daydream about having a little girl of my own. My fortune doubled when we were blessed with two daughters: your mother Srimal (Garland of Happiness) and your Massi Zoon (Moon). Now some thirty years later, with your birth a fresh wave of delight has surged. You, Aria (Melody, Hymn, Song). Here is another opportunity for me to observe and experience your life, a young woman's wonderful world, all over again. As I write this, you are one year old, and I am at the threshold...

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Writing After Fifty

With passing years, writing becomes our most trustworthy friend. Wherever we go there it is! It paces with us as we enter the autumn and winter of our lives. We age. Writing is ageless. So many writers, still in their forties and fifties, feel an urge to write full time. They leave a paying job when they can afford to do so, to follow their writing passion, to fulfill their dream of getting a manuscript completed and the book published. In an interview with Gabriel Packard, Walter Mosley, who began writing at 34, said, "If you come to something later in life, and you've been beaten down enough-your ego's been beaten down enough for you to think, "Well, I might actually be a failure at life" (as a writer)-I think that's...

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