Discovering Writer’s Voice
The daily practice of Writing Meditation helps writers penetrate beyond the restless thoughts and foggy intelligence and unlocks the door to a realm where body, heart and mind are integrated as a whole. With one-pointed concentration, the writers access the place of insights, ideas and wisdom that is beyond the reach of the senses and the intellect.
The integrated self works from the deepest level where the writers are unmasked and ungarbed and authentic. This is where their original voice is rooted. Writing flow is static, stuck in an eddy until they become an integrated whole. The practice of Writing Meditation Method integrates their scattered self. Whatever the subject matter, the mindful writers drive deep into the consciousness and become one with it. This results in acquiring an original writing voice.
Instead of dissipating their energy in negative emotions writers learn to dwell in their own body by settling and slowing down and attending to meticulous details in their work. The mind becomes one-pointed as all the raw material-feelings, thoughts and insights are utilized to create a literary work.
In people’s daily lives pinpricks can turn into serious problems if they dwell on them. Meditation and journaling enables writers to turn their attention to positive and promising actions and ignore pinpricks. The Method instills more energy, deep drive and self-confidence to face up life’s challenges. The Mindful Writers don’t let the vital energy, stimulated in the silence of the Method, be sucked by frustrations, worries and brooding.
Having practiced Writing Meditation Method for more than two decades I am slowly discovering that there are infinite unique resources in each one of us. The deeper we go more capabilities we discover. The creative and spiritual mine within immensely helps in improving skills and finding wisdom in life. If we never try to penetrate this secret and sacred place, the treasure of originality and authenticity stays buried behind locked door. But with the practice of the Method the door can be opened and authentic voice discovered.
Audrey Snyder, this week’s Mindful Writer, tells us how she discovered her authentic voice by practicing the Method. In her piece, “How Writing Meditation Method Affected My Writing Practice” she writes how its practice helped her clarify her thoughts, intensify her feelings and deepen her subject matter.
Audrey lost her mother at the age of four. She started to keep a diary to let her mother know how she spent her days. Her diaries developed into the memoir of her struggles she faced in her professional life. Worth the Climb is the story of her struggles and success in American corporations where she worked despite facing racism and discrimination at every turn. (http://www.amazon.com/Worth-The-Climb-American-Corporate/dp/0984798374/ref=sr_1_wsc1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1365115724&sr=1-1-wordsplitter&keywords=worththeclimb) Her experiences taught her how to push away anger, bitterness and despair in order to pursue success.
Audrey has a BA in Business Communications and a Masters in Professional Leadership from Carlow University. Most of her experience comes from technical writing in various capacities. Currently, she is an adjunct professor at DeVry University. She has over 40+ years of work experience in corporate America where she developed educational and entertaining training programs as well as job descriptions by utilizing her technical writing skills. She plans to follow her bliss by continuing to write. She lives with her husband of 42 years. They have 2 children and 2 grandchildren.