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3 Gorgeous Guided Meditations for Writers
(Plus 1 Lovely Bonus Set of Affirmations Just for Writers & Artists)
By Thea Fiore-Bloom, Ph.D.
Sometimes folks innocently ask me, ‘Do you think meditation helps with writing?’
Before I answer I have to breathe because I get so excited that I need someone to tie my arms behind my back to keep my Italian hands from gesticulating like a maniac as I say:
“Yes! Yes! Meditation helps with writing.”
Most everyone is a brutal self-critic of their own writing.
But creatives like us?
Oh, we’re even worse to ourselves than most. Why?
Because sometimes instead of using our abundant creativity to write, we’ve developed a dark talent wherein we use that very creativity to sabotage our writing.
By that I mean we can use our inventive genius to convincingly come up with cruel, brilliant, but untrue, self-talk that discourages our efforts to write from our hearts.
In fact, if we leave our negative, anti-matter, creative self-talk unchecked it can stop us from showing up at our desks; for weeks, months, or even years.
(For my supportive post How To Write More Often go here.)
And that’s where meditation can come to our rescue.
Benefits of Meditation for Writers
Meditation benefits creatives in piles of ways, I’ll just share three with you now:
1. Meditation creates an inner sanctuary where you can protect your best writing self from your worst writing self (your inner critic).
For example, mindfulness meditation can stop you from standing outside your creative garden wall with your mental hair in knots yelling obscene, mean things to your writing self inside (who’s just bravely trying to get some work started.)
It can interrupt your habit of yelling generally horrid or personalized horrid stuff at yourself like: ‘You’re so unorganized, you’re lazy, you’re not smart enough, you’ll never finish this, remember what that teacher told you about you having no writing talent, etc.”
In other words, meditation can help us to “back away from the vehicle” and switch to a self-loving mindset.
Meditation Helps Writers “Back Away From the Vehicle”
And if getting us to”back away from the vehicle” wasn’t enough, meditation can then beckon us to metaphorically pour a wagon load of conditioner on our heads.
Why conditioner Thea?
Well, see, I have crazy curly hair and when it’s tangled it’s useless to try and dry brush it. So I learned in midlife to pour a ton of conditioner on my head and let it soak for a minute.
Before I know it, all my knots have unraveled by themselves.
The same holds true for the writing process: meditation can be the self-love-filled conditioner for your mental knots. It will encourage you to slow down and self-lovingly comb out your ideas a little bit each day until eventually, you have a lovely, curly, unique but coherent body of work you’ll be proud of.
(To build your mindfulness sanctuary do the first meditation below.)
First Meditation For Writers
(Open this one via your phone not your laptop and it will work.)
Writing Sanctuary Practice by Heather Demetrios, 20 minutes.
“This 20-minute guided visualization for writers and creatives in deep need of a sanctuary.
Together, we explore how your art can be the harbor in your life, not the storm. We heal our relationship to our work so that we can find refuge in it, rather than a combative relationship with our medium.
This relaxing, healing, peaceful guided visualization sets you up for a regular practice to dip into as needed.
Breathe, write, repeat.”
So you got patience, how about some courage?
2. Meditation engenders courage in aspiring and professional writers.
And courage will encourage you to use your wise, unique voice and raucous sense of humor.
If you want a download of courage, belief, and connection with your unique writing heart do this second mediation.
It’s one of the meditations I’ve recorded to give to my writing coaching clients when they need a magical leg up.
Second Meditation For Writers
Short Tarot-Centered Meditation for Artists to Overcome Writing Fear
by Thea Fiore-Bloom (your humble guide here at The Charmed Studio), 7 minutes.
This 7-minute mini-guided tour through the chakras is a refreshing, empowering pre-writing pep talk. It’s the kind of talk I try to give myself when I am stuck or scared.
So it’s made with love, especially for heart-centered artists like you.
I recorded it to help you remember how cool you are and what unique wisdom and humor you have to offer the world.
This tarot-based meditation will up your confidence and strengthen your ability to speak what is in your soul and delight your audience. Use it if you can’t seem to start writing on certain days. I’m told in just 7 minutes it will help you muster up the self-love you need to get you to your desk.
3. Finally, Meditation restores trust in oneself as a writer.
As author and mindfulness mentor Heather Demetrios says, meditation can be a ‘trust fall’ for writers.
If we check in with our soul through any kind of meditation, we give her the chance to catch us in her strong arms and remind us that we do have the resilience, reliability, grit, curiosity, and compassion to not just start, but finish our dream project.
To access all that good stuff try this third meditation here.
Third Meditation For Writers
(Open this one via your phone, not your laptop and it will work. Insight Timer still has tech issues to surmount.)
Finish Your Book Visualization by Heather Demetrios, 25 minutes.
“This is a visualization practice to embody the feeling of finishing your book.”
Whether you’re on the 10th draft or the tenth sentence the work we do here will keep your eyes on the prize, no matter the challenges you face […].”
“But Wait There’s More!” –Ron Popeil (American Inventor)
Bonus Affirmations Audio (A Form of Meditation for Writers)
Prosperity and Well-Being Affirmations for Writers and Artists
by Thea Fiore-Bloom, Ph.D. (Founder of this here Charmed Studio Blog)
Comforting, encouraging, and inspiring well-being & wealth affirmations.
Made just for those of you gifted, sweet souls who are both artists and writers.
Ten minutes in length. Packed with love and belief for who you are and what you are boldly creating in your life.
Hope they help you appreciate your beautiful self more and get to your next level.
This set of affirmations I recorded for my coaching clients isn’t normal.
I won’t ask you to repeat phrases like: “I am a multi-zillionaire” or “I own a mansion and a yacht.” (Remember that from Bugs Bunny?) Or, “Money just pours into my bank account as I nap in my Lazy Boy.”
Because those kinds of affirmations haven’t helped me in my own life.
Affirmations only help you create greater health, wealth, and success if they are the kind of affirmations that encourage you to do two things:
- Believe you can get to your next level of success. AND
- Motivate you to get off your butt to take action.
What kind of action?
The kind of action that will help you create and enjoy a prosperous art and writing practice.
And that is exactly what these here affirmations are meant to do.
Give ’em a test drive.
Wishing you a thousand good things!
Over to You, What Do You Think?
Do you ever meditate?
How about affirmations?
Would you be up for giving writing meditations a try? Let me know in the comments below.
“It’s a damn poor mind that can only think of one way to spell a word.” — Andrew Jackson
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