As I’m enjoying these last days of summer—taking last swims even though the weather is getting colder, celebrating Simone’s 13th (!) birthday, walking out to see the sunset—I’m thinking about how to go back into the routine of the school year with positive energy. And I find that the more clear I can be in what I’m doing—and why I’m doing it—the more positive I feel about entering back into a more regular work routine.
I often bring together writing and yoga and have written about that here. But why do I do this? You might think that if you were a really serious writer, you wouldn’t want to dilute that serious intellectual pursuit with something like a yoga practice. And vice versa: serious yogis wouldn’t want to interrupt their yoga flow and freedom from thought with writing.
But in fact, when we bring mind and body together, both mind and body practices grow deeper and stronger in all kinds of powerful and unexpected ways!
We live in a culture of fragmentation; from the cartesian mind-body split to the ways in which society itself is fragmented among different groups of people, our paradigms keep things separate. But this fragmentation hurts us.
One of the most powerful, healing things we can do—individually and as a society—is to come back into integration.
And bringing writing and yoga together is one of the most powerful way to do this! Because they both, rather than being fringe activities, remind us who we really are.
Here are three powerful benefits of bringing writing and yoga together:
1) Greater health—yes, really!
2) Greater and deeper creativity
3) Greater clarity of purpose
We live in a time in which so much is going on at once, and there is so much uncertainty, that it is easy to feel fragmented and torn in different directions. But when you invest in these practices and in yourself, you will be more available for your whole life and for others as well.
If you want to experience these benefits for yourself, I invite you to join me in my upcoming online course Align Your Story with yoga, meditation and writing, or in some of my in person upcoming workshops. Sign up for Align Your Story by September 8th for early bird pricing. And the first 20 people who sign up also get a free one-on-one call with me included in the price!
I also invite you to take a moment and get clear on your own intentions for the fall: what are you doing and why? How are you connecting to your own deep calling?
I’ll also want to invite you to join me for three powerful FREE online writing and meditation sessions on upcoming Fridays at noon. These meditations will bring our attention to our breath and body, and we’ll see how this can powerfully shift our energy when we write. Come for one or all of them. You can sign up here.
As always, please pass this on to any friends who might be interested! And reach out with questions or just to say hi. I love to hear from you.
I blog about creativity, writing, yoga, meditation, justice, women, the environment and integrated well being for the individual and society