"Immersion in the life of the world, a willingness to be inhabited by and to speak for others, including those beyond the realm of the human, these are the practices not just of the bodhisattva but of the writer." --Jane Hirshfield

Wednesday, January 3, 2007

Writing in a Journal

Journal writing is like zazen. You see the thoughts and let them go, only you write them down first.

In zazen, or sitting meditation, thoughts arise, you allow them to pass without following them to the next thoughts. In journal writing, you write them down, without trying too hard to focus them into a story, just write and move on to the next thought.

Both journal writing and zazen leave you feeling clear, empty. Sort of like writing your shopping list on a piece of paper rather than trying to keep it in your head. I usually have a pile of lists on my desk, in my purse and pockets, but my head is blissfully empty. Or should be.

~post inspired by John Wieczorek: visit him at www.soundgate.org

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