WELCOME TO THE FIVE DAY MEDITATION & WRITING CHALLENGE: WRITE FROM YOUR CENTER
WELCOME! I'M SO GLAD YOU'RE HERE!
I'm Nadia Colburn, and each day for the next five days I'm going to lead you through a short meditation, a writing prompt and ten minutes of supported writing time.
This sounds simple, but it's radical.
I grew up surrounded by books and writers, and when I was in my early 20s I decided I wanted to be a writer, too.
But for a long time, writing was both a great pleasure and a frustration. Something about writing pricked me in uncomfortable ways: I would feel blocked, insecure, and ill at ease. I worried about what others would think of what I wrote (even if I didn't show my writing to anyone else). My ego was getting in my way.
I had an Ivy League education, a BA from Harvard and a Phd in English from Columbia; I'd gotten all kinds of awards for my academic work and writing. After a while, my creative writing began to be published widely. But I didn't feel ease with my voice.
It took me years of searching and different kinds of practices to find a method of writing that allowed me to really get comfortable with my voice.
Because I needed to learn how to get comfortable with myself. Sure I had a lot of training how to put words on the page, but I didn't have training how to sit with myself.
I needed to learn how to drop, at least for a while, my worries about being "good." I needed to learn how to put aside, at least for a while, my desire to please other people. I needed to learn how to be gentle with myself and tune into my body. It took me decades to learn how to do this, and I needed to find my own path. But when I did, when I was able to integrate my academic training with a new ability to sit and listen to myself. It was only then that I came to my authentic voice, and my real power.
These short writing sessions are a very condensed version to help you get to that more integrated place faster.
In a world full of so much external noise, in a world of so many imbalances, these sessions help you center, rebalance, listen to yourself, and access a deeper creativity.
These short meditations and prompts and supported writing time seem simple, but they are the fruit of more than fifteen years of my work.
Be patient, work with them, stay with them, and see where they lead you!
I'm so excited to be on this journey with you!
Instructions for how To Get the Most out of this challenge (please CLICK TO OPEN AND read)
OOver the five days of the challenge, we’ll be working with the themes of light and darkness, movement and stillness, water and journeys. And I’m so excited to be on this journey with you! Giving yourself these 15 minutes each day may not sound like much, but if you treat the practice with wonder, it can be a deep and transformational experience. So I’m very much looking forward to seeing and hearing where it takes you!
HOW IT WORKS: Each day, Monday through Friday, I’ll send out a new recording for you to practice with. I’ll keep the challenge open through Sunday so that if you miss a day you can catch up and so that if you need to start a day late, you can still join us.
Here are some guidelines to help you make the most of these 15 minute practice sessions: Each day in the early morning (Eastern US time), you will be sent an email directing you to a new 15 minute audio recording. Each recording will include: 5 minutes of meditation a writing prompt 10 minutes of supported writing time To prepare for these sessions, figure out where, when and how you will do the challenge each day: WHEN: Look at your calendar in advance. Decide when in your day you are going to do the challenge and mark it on your calendar. Don’t let your 15 minutes be interrupted. Take it as an important date with yourself. Turn off your phone. Tell people you are busy and can’t be interrupted for 15 minutes. WHERE: Find a quiet and private place to do the challenge (you’ll be able to go more deeply into the meditations if you are in a private and quiet place). Make sure you have a comfortable place to sit. You can sit on the ground in a traditional meditation position. You can sit in a chair. If you sit in a chair try to have both feet on the floor and a straight back. Make sure your writing materials are with you when you start the challenge. HOW TO WORK WITH THE MEDITATIONS AND WRITING PROMPTS: Even if you are new to meditation, try them. You can’t do them “wrong.” The writing prompts are suggestions; they are meant to guide and inspire you. There is no wrong way to use them. If you want to write something different, please do. If you want to speak back to the prompts, please do. Feel free to turn the prompts around. For example, if I ask you to write about the sky (though I won’t in this particular challenge) you might decide instead to write about the ground. Trust your intuition. You are invited to be creative with the prompts if you want to. You can use the prompts to do a new piece of writing each from each new prompt. You can also use the prompts to go in new directions or to go deeper with a writing project you are already working on. Trust the synchronicity that arises from the prompts. They will guide you where you are meant to go. My main suggestion is WRITE. For the ten minutes of supported writing time, put your critical, judging mind aside and write whatever comes to your mind, even if it’s just “I don’t know what to write.” Trust me, if you allow yourself to put words on the paper/screen, you will discover new things!
Of course, if you want to continue writing after the ten minute writing session, please do!! EXTRAS: If you want to light a candle or make some tea to make the 15 minutes special, great! This is your treat for yourself. FACEBOOK GROUP If you haven’t already joined the facebook group, please do! You can join the facebook group here. This is a place to ask questions, get support, write your intentions, share your writing, connect with others and enjoy the wonderful community! Do reach out to others in the community; you’ll find the challenge will be a deeper experience if you do it with others. And there’s still time to invite friends and family: they can sign up here.
I look forward to seeing you in the facebook group!
with love, Nadia
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