Writing Help From An Unlikely Source
By Ruth Barringham
I’m currently reading a really inspiring book written by David Miche, called “Hurry Up And Meditate” and it’s a fascinating read. He’s also written two similar books called, “Buddhism For Busy People” and “Enlightenment To Go.”
And all his books are entertaining to read as well as insightful and helpful.
But what I didn’t realise is that reading these books (I’ve read them several times - and use them) would help me with my writing.
‘Hurry Up And Meditate’ is about using meditation and mindfulness in everyday life. And contrary to popular belief, it’s not about how to have an empty mind, but about being present and only focusing on what’s in front us us, while not worrying about the past or the future, which is where our minds usually take us.
By reading these books I’ve also learned that as well as mental benefits, meditation and mindfulness have physical health benefits because they reduce stress and therefore help you think more clearly about situations, which reduces knee-jerk reactions and stops anger about things that don’t really matter.
And I’ve found that having better focus helps me to write more and do better writing.
Being more focused means my mind’s clear so it’s easy to write in a window of inspiration that’s not clogged up with thoughts of other things I think I ‘should’ be doing, or things I need to do later.
It never occurred to me that reading a book on an entirely different subject would help me with my writing.
And not only that, I’m also finding that when my mind is focused and uncluttered, I can also read things more clearly and gain a better understanding of what I’m trying to learn.