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Writings and Readings Blog

Madhu Bazaz Wangu

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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Traditional Publishing Verses Self-Publishing

In this age of technology book publishing is in flux. Any one who can write can get published instantly. The situation is outrageous for those who have struggled through the traditional way of getting published. The battle, however, is not between those who have or want to get published traditionally and those who want to self-publish. The battle is for the end result: A good book! If you think, who needs to go through the hassle of finding an editor or a publisher? Who needs critiques and comments from publishing professionals? Why experience discomfort only to have to wait for months and risk getting eventually rejected? Right? Wrong! After you have selected one of your several drafts that you feel passionately about and revised it to the best of your ability, it...

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Pleasure of Writing Meditation

Mindful writer does not spend too much time talking about getting published. She just writes! She knows unless she births a good book there is nothing to publish. When she mails a manuscript to an editor or an agent, at once she begins her next writing project. She does not forget that the reason she began writing was the sheer love of writing. Not for fame or fortune.  Her goal is to finish a good manuscript and move on to the second and then the third one. She believes that a fine manuscript, with right effort, patience and perseverance, would get published.  As a mindful writer, my best Writing Meditation days are when I mediate before sunrise. After the sunrise, I journal for half an hour and then get absorbed...

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“Meditation for Mindful-Writers” CD

Dear Readers, Below I have pasted selected excerpts from what the mindful writers, who practice the discipline of Writing Meditation, have to say about"Meditation For Mindful Writers" CD. Your Mindful Writing CD is absolutely beautiful!!! I love the crystal clear sound of your gentle voice! And the narrator's voice is strong and commanding. The music adds a peaceful touch! Wonderful job! You should be so pleased with the outcome! I love it! (Judy B. Schneider, Editor & Author, October 2011) I listen with awe of what you have produced. I feel so honored to have witnessed the blossoming of your effort into this amazing CD. Well done!! (Cathy Vignolini, Writer, October 2011) I love it! It's beautifully recorded and I felt just as though you were beside me focusing my meditation with your gentle,...

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To Do List

            It was the Monday after the Fourth of July. Our daughter and her husband entered our front door, hugged their eight-month old baby Ariana and kissed their son Mokhta, now five-years old. "Did the "To Do List" help, Mommy?" she asked me in the kitchen where I was brewing Darjeeling tea for them. They had returned from a three-night break at Nemacolin Resort to celebrate their tenth wedding anniversary. Before she left, she had placed a piece of paper on the refrigerator that read: "Ariyana's To Do List" 7:00                                             Wake Up and 4oz. milk ~10:00   ...

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