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Silence Between Writing

“To make the right choices in life, you have to get in touch with your soul.  To do this, you need to experience solitude, which most people are afraid of, because in the silence you hear the truth and know the solutions.”

–Deepak Chopra

He touches on something here that’s very important.  In the silence, we find solutions.  To all of life’s quandaries, but also in writing of any genre.  Instead of forcing a conclusion in your storyline or poem, let it simmer.  Sit with patience, while your chattering mind falls still.   This quiets the ego—an event or idea you feel you must prove through the happenings in your story—and makes room for the genius beyond.  Go out for a drive, wash the dishes, clip the rotten leaves from your indoor plants.  Adventure out with your soul as the pilot.  In this movement, our minds engage with the present, not the problem.

On the other side of this silence is your a-ha moment.

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3 thoughts on “Silence Between Writing

  1. the utility and benefit of silence doesn’t get enough appreciation. silence has power, and not just as withholding. many times, I’ve encountered my own skepticism about whether I can write some story or poem. Or I get stuck on how to continue a writing in progress. then I sit in quiet solitude– sometimes not even thinking about the stall… and insight begins to come. possibilities appear. so much can be found in emptiness.

    1. beautiful. yes! so much to learn about silence. i went to a group meditation Sunday night, where I sat absolutely still for 30 minutes straight. it was intense. i could feel my body and mind dive into the great lake of stillness. letting go is freedom.

  2. diving into the great lake of stillness can be quite exhilerating and refreshing. good for you! (see what I did there?) we can do a lot by doing “nothing”. doing what seems to be nothing can actually be something. a writer is always engaged in the process of writing; even when not making words. so many would benefit from sitting down and shutting up. if only they Knew.

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