Train Your Brain: 6 Simple Steps For Overcoming Writer’s Block Through Meditation
Being a writer, sometimes you may lose your grip over creativity and inspiration to write. Your mind gets blank or wanders off the context. Hence, even after several hours, your page remains vacant, as it was when you started. Moreover, with the increase of digital use, writer’s block is becoming a major challenge, as we can get easily distracted on the internet. Do you face this problem often? The question here is not just about the writer’s block frustration but also its hindrance in the path of success.
What do you do in such a situation? Self-criticism and self-impairment are not going to solve anything. Rather, you can opt for effective ways to overcome writer’s block. One such successful trick to handle such circumstance is to mediate. And, this article will walk you through the path of steps of meditation for writers to open and inspire your mind.
Read further to know the steps to overcome writer’s block through meditation:
1) Stay aloof
Firstly, turn off your mobile phone, laptop or any similar devices. Also, don’t surround yourself with paper or work-related things. Before freeing your mind of any thoughts, try to declutter your surroundings. With this first step of meditation practice, you will see a significant impact on your brain activity.
2) Find your favorite or comfortable spot
Now, go and sit in a garden or your favorite calming spot. You can also sit in your room on a cushiony chair with a straight spine. It is advisable to meditate in nature to unleash your creative side again. You don’t need to push yourself hard to stiffen your back, instead, let your natural curve exist. Next, relax your shoulder and place your upper arms parallel to your upper body with the palms on your legs.
3) Track your meditation time
In the initial days, you can set a meditation timer for 3 to 5 minutes. Then, progressively increase the time to 15-20 minutes. You can listen to podcasts to guide you with the meditation techniques. Remember, you don’t need pro audio to meditate so, don’t waste too much time finding the best option. Simply start doing it and you will learn gradually. You can also use a timer to track the time. If you are sitting in nature, avoid any kind of digital voice and enjoy nature’s song.
4) Pay heed to your breath
After the timer is started, gently close your eyes. Now, breathe through the nose and focus on the inhale and exhale process to keep your mind attentive. You can also follow a mantra or a phrase to declutter your mind from external thoughts and stress. For instance, when you breathe in say ‘I am’ and at the time of breath out say ‘a great writer’. Such tricks will help you boost your confidence again. Also, if your mind is constantly running with thoughts, don’t force yourself to make it blank. Rather, observe your thoughts and then gradually return to enchanting mantras.
5) Slowly open your eyes
Focus at the present moment and observe the feeling of your body, thoughts, and emotions. Then, gently open your eyes. Remember, immediately after the daily meditation, don’t indulge yourself in a stressful environment. Additionally, you can write about the whole experience in a journal to shift your mind to the inspiration of writing. You can also get back to your journal to see your progress with time.
6) Be persistence in your activity
Meditation is not a one-time activity. You need to be persistent and make it your daily routine to see the effects. Meditation works exactly like Ayurveda, slow and effective. It unwinds your mind and creates space for fresh ideas and thoughts in your mind. It helps you to get rid of writer’s block efficiently. Also, by practicing meditation regularly you ensure not to get trapped in the block again. So be in the present moment and try to start writing immediately after your daily dose of meditation.
7) Wrapping up
Meditation trains one’s mind to help it function efficiently. So, try to incorporate this activity in your daily schedule but not overdo as it might bore you after a few minutes and have no effect. So, 15 to 20 minutes are enough for one session. This is no magic formula so be patient and persistent. Moreover, you will see its effect on your writing skills within a few days and that will certainly motivate you. And, in no time, you will be over your writer’s block. So, do follow the above steps for meditation and unleash your writing potential again.
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