“Attachment constrains our vision so that we are not able to see things from a wider perspective.” Dalai Lama
As a conscious writer, it’s important to be able to let a story go. It starts during creation, even though you shouldn’t think too much about what to get rid of while in the creation process. Sometimes we really want something in a story that doesn’t fit no matter how much we want it there. Then, there’s editing that’s basically deleting everything you just wrote or a good portion of it anyways. And then, there’s editing from other’s perspectives. And last but not least the final product is bringing it out of hiding and letting it go free into the world.
“You only lose what you cling to.” Buddha
This is why learning to let go is important. Writing isn’t a selfish thing no matter how much of a passion of yours it is. If you hang on to things that are no longer useful for your story it’s going to detract from the meaning and power behind your words, behind your life’s work. Same with hanging on to anything else.
The best way to let go while feeling everything is learning to have healthy attachments. A good reminder is that none of this is truly our own. Not the people in our lives and not our art. They don’t belong to us. They are meant for their own purposes and their own lives. That is the best start to developing healthy attachments. (Another way of saying it is non attachment.)
“It is a sign of great character and strength to be able to lose your attachment to anyone or anything that isn’t good for.” Anonymous
Rituals, anthropologists will tell us, are about transformation. The rituals we use for marriage, baptism or inaugurating a president are as elaborate as they are because we associate the ritual with a major life passage, the crossing of a critical threshold, or in other words, with transformation.
As a conscious writer, you’ve dedicated yourself to the art of writing. You’re going to be doing this writing thing everyday for a long time, might as well make it into an enjoyable ritual. Have a drink you can enjoy every writing session. I have a cup of tea and a treat for my writing sessions. (The ones I’m mostly awake for anyway.)
For me, having a simple routine makes the transition into intentional writing run more smoothly. As a mom, I’m usually juggling 5 things at once, even when I’m sitting on my phone. My book, my social media, what I’m going to feed myself, and have I cleaned enough all alert me on top of meeting my kids needs. To turn the multi tasking off, I drink a cup of tea and enjoy something sweet.
On another note, your mouth doesn’t move while you write words, so you should have a beverage close by so you can get a break from clenching your jaw. (Ah, here’s a reminder, you can unclench your jaw now).
Make it your thing. Have a thing that’s simple and that’s yours. It doesn’t have to be different from other humans. Most writers hail a strong cup of coffee. If that’s your thing, let it be your thing. Embrace your thing. -Saschia Johnson
Then write your heart out because we’re waiting to hear from you.