Meditation is a form of investing in inner peace and exploring our mind to reach the balance we’re all looking for. Meditating can help us find our focus, remove swarming, negative thoughts, and listen to our own needs. While this can be challenging to accomplish, it’s far from impossible. All it takes is determination and a great meditation technique. Interestingly, writing can also be used as a form of meditation. It may sound strange, but writing can be turned into a meditation session if you just know how to do it.
Let’s take a closer look together.
1. Visible thoughts
When we’re trying to meditate, we often find it hard to control our minds and find focus. Writing can prevent our mind from going wild and help us regain control over our thoughts. Here’s why:
- you start writing about how you feel or what’s occupying your mind
- you make those thoughts visible on paper
When you’re actively engaged in writing or this form of journaling, you’re actively engaged in sorting the thoughts in your mind. There’s nothing else to do, and there’s nothing to distract you.
2. Finding focus
Another great thing about writing is that it can help you find the focus you need for your meditation. Let’s say you’re trying to meditate the regular way, but your mind is simply fighting against it. You need to tame it and try a different approach.
Take a pen and a piece of paper and write about:
- how you feel
- what you see
- what your mind is doing
- your fears
- your wishes
You can write about anything you’d like. Just make sure you never stop writing to think about your words, contemplate them, or to question whether to write them down or not.
3. Learn to be present
A lot of the times, we trap our minds and thoughts in the past. We think about our past decisions, events, and stories we didn’t completely get over. This can be quite a burden in our meditations and prevent us from doing it right. Luckily, writing can teach us how to be present at the moment, and let go of the past.
Here’s how to practice it:
- sit somewhere quiet with your pen and paper
- find something to observe (a lake, a tree, a house, a flower)
- describe what you see
- explore how it makes you feel
- focus on the moment you’re in
This type of writing meditation will teach you to appreciate the details of the present moment and enjoy what you have in front of you.
4. Learn about yourself
If you manage to let go and write without controlling or choosing your words or thoughts, you’ll be completely honest to yourself. You’ll also learn how to actively practice self-love. The words you write on that paper will be an honest reflection of your emotions, ideas, and state of mind. Since you know nobody else is going to read it, you’ll be able to pour your soul into it.
This is a great way for you to learn about yourself:
- write without thinking
- let go of any barriers or things that are holding you back
- go back to your writing tomorrow
- you’ll be surprised to see what you’ve written
It will come to you as a surprise to see some of the things you’ve put on that paper. By reading the words you wrote during writing meditation, you’ll learn about yourself.
- your true feelings
- your struggles
- your wishes
Learning about yourself is a valuable experience that will help you with your future mediation sessions.
5. No overthinking
There’s another great thing about writing as a form of meditation. Writing is an active, engaging process, that requires you to keep on going without looking back.
There’s no room for:
- holding anything back
Writing can teach you how to be yourself instead of trying to fit anyone’s mold or expectations. Once you learn how to be yourself during your writing meditations, you’ll slowly transfer it to the rest of your life.
6. Letting go of the past
As we’ve already mentioned, it’s very important that we learn how to live in the moment. But, for most of us, it’s still hard to simply let go of the past. When something happens, or there’s something bothering us, we can’t let go of it that easily. We tend to hold on to it, which can cause us to feel stressed out, depressed, or anxious.
But, with writing, it’s easy to process those emotions and leave them be.
Here’s how it works:
- you write down the things that are bothering you
- you transfer them from your mind to paper
- you’ll feel relieved and unburdened
- let it stay in that notebook
Now that you know you’ve processed your emotions and problems, you’ll be able to picture them on that paper. There’ll be no need for you to go back to it and read what it says over and over again. Instead, it will stay there, on the paper, away from your mind.
7. Letter to yourself
Sometimes, our biggest problem is to face ourselves. We can talk about other people, even help them solve their problems, but we can’t handle our own. You can try out the writing meditation technique of writing a letter to yourself.
This form of writing will benefit you on different levels:
- you’ll open up more
- you’ll address your major problems
- you’ll ask help form yourself
Trusting and loving yourself is crucial for a happy life so this form of writing meditation is worth the try.
We all need to explore different meditation techniques until we find the one that suits us best. Writing might just be the right thing for you, and help you find that piece you’re looking for. Hopefully, the list above will inspire you to try writing as a meditation technique and see for yourself all those potential benefits.