Meditation through the written word
I have sought solitude and peace with my journal each morning for many years. My notebooks fill many shelves in my home; I rarely return to reread any portion of them yet I savor them as I would precious memories of time spent with loved ones.
I have come to the place of total acceptance of this need within me, and treat this time each morning as my sacred ritual to begin each dawn. I light a candle with the intention to connect with myself and all of life as my pen flows beyond the chatter of my mind and expresses deeper parts of myself. I have also continued to study spiritual healing in all forms for as many years, only recently encountering an explanation of this need within me. With my air element very pronounced in my chart, this is the form of meditation that promotes this elemental expression. While silent meditation is often taught to help quiet our Western minds, it acts to stop the flow of spirit for those for whom communication and words are spiritual expression. Learning to quiet my mind and allow my pen to flow freely has become my daily mediation.
I have treasured this practice in my life, and now I better understand the reason! I hope to share this practice with others in April, in conjunction with Write On, Door County. It is a very natural and reverent practice that I hope others will treasure as I do.