This week’s prompt is: Writing in the Flow
“If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.”
― Amit Ray, Om Chanting and Meditation
“Keep your heart clear
And you will
Never be bound.
A single disturbed thought
Creates ten thousand distractions.”
“You asked me how to get out of the finite dimensions when I feel like it. I certainly don’t use logic when I do it. Logic’s the first thing you have to get rid of.”
― J.D. Salinger, Nine Stories
For someone trying to meditate, thoughts can be what we are trying to ignore, while to the artist, poet and writer, thoughts in meditation can lead to moments of inspired creative insight. If you are a regular meditator then you may already be aware of this while those that don’t meditate in the standard fashion may have other ways of calming their minds and allowing the creativity to flow. This week, let’s all try a short technique together.
Don’t worry it will be painless! Simply sit still with your spine as straight as possible. Close your eyes and slowly count backwards from 10 to 1 while following your breath. After you reach 1, continue to watch your breath. You will notice thoughts coming and going but try not to be bothered by them, just keep coming back to the breath.
If you are like 99% of the population, after sometime you will have forgotten that you are meditating at all as you become lost in thought on some specific matter. If this was a meditation prompt then we would want to continue with the breathing, but as this is for creative writing purposes, tell us about the thought that you got lost in. What is the story behind it? The person behind it? The emotion behind it?
After you are finished writing, don’t hit publish right away. Take your post as a continuation of your meditation and breathe through it. Is every word correct? Are you clear in what you are trying to say? It doesn’t have to be poetry for you to be neurotic about your word usage so make it perfect. When you feel that you’ve completely fleshed out your ideas – your thoughts and meanings are clear and to the point, or purposely vague – then hit publish, sit back, and relax. Good job!
The article that you link to this prompt should be a new post written specifically for this assignment.
Dungeon Prompts are meant to open up the abandoned rooms inside ourselves and dust them off a bit. Explore the recesses of your mind and get back with a poem, story, essay or creative offering. Link your post to this specific prompt page and I’ll share your link back with our readers.
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