To follow on from my series of blogs about reasons to write, this one is a biggy for me. I’ve just come back from a holiday where we went out into the wilderness. It was so great to be off the computer and without power or internet for a lot of the time. I planned to do nothing: no writing, no reading, no work. I did manage this mostly.
But what I find when I get away from the busy-ness of life is that my creative brain goes crazy. This meant that I had to at least jot down ideas and think about things. I figured thinking wasn’t off the table.
Writing is a way of quieting our monkey minds. It might just be jotting down thoughts into a journal or writing a poem. In this way, we can convert our noisy thoughts into something more constructive rather than the internal looping that can happen. It’s strange that by writing it down we are able to process these thoughts and create order out of the chaos. It’s almost like purging our thoughts onto paper (or computer screen).
Here are three ways you can write for your sanity:
Write a letter to someone who you may be having difficulty with. There are two ways to do this. You might like to completely vent with them by writing about all the things that annoy or trouble you about them. The second way is to write a letter of gratitude to this person and see what you discover. You might be surprised. The idea isn’t to send this letter but to purge.
Writing daily in a journal has so many benefits. Again, you can purge about all the things that are troubling you but equally important is to look at what you can be grateful for. Try to think of three things that you are grateful for each time you write in your journal. It really opens your eyes to a different reality.
Write a poem. I’m not a poet and any poems hanging around that I’ve written are not for public consumption but it’s a really fun exercise to play with words and try poetry to express what you’re feeling. Don’t worry about the way you write it, just give it a go.
Be mindful of your mood when writing. I find that I can write myself out of a bad/down mood but you have to be conscious of what you are writing about. It can be quite meditative and fun.