I suddenly realized that when I practice letting go, I write more easily. I am reading a book, Writing as a Path to Awakening. The author Albert Flynn DeSilver, points out that many cultures practice storytelling, ritual, dancing and singing to engage with the Divine. When I was a kid, I practiced all three. Even in high school, I danced, journaled, and told stories with friends. Going to the pizza place at night was a ritual for me too.
But gradually as I got older I stopped dancing and singing. I even stopped journaling and doing lector divine, which is a ritual practice. But in my apartment I can certainly dance and sing. I can add ritual back again. Storytelling I do in AA to an extent.
Also I read a book that said that beauty appears when we look from our heart. I did that today when I went for coffee. Even. the fire hydrant was beautiful and the leaves shaking from fright and the menacing clouds in the sky. Those are all seeds of a poem.
DeSilver also says that as key component of writing is devotion. I am working on a. problem that has me totally enthralled and it will help the nation, I think, if, of course, if it sells. I have music playing in the other room, the Shirelles singing one of my favorite songs. And I can write when listening to music. I think it helps. Now the Platters, and interestingly I know the words even though I was about seven when the song came out/.
Even singing does free me up. And I am going to dance later. I used to play with clay when I was a child. I actually spoke in therapy last week about my need to play more. I work a lot but rarely play. But dancing, singing, storytelling, doing lectio divine and even doing yoga is a ritual, prayer and meditation too. But I can play with clay. Chess too, with a book. I tried playing with someone online but it wouldn’t let me make certain moves. So I deleted the app.
I think that if I play more, I will write. more. It is worth a try.