Mindful Monday – Writing With a Purpose

Welcome to Mindful Monday! I have found that being mindful encompasses the act of being watchful, aware, wary, heedful, alert, careful, or attentive, in whatever area in my life I feel it applies to. Each week I try to self-discover new things about myself.

Last week, I talked about mindfulness practices for children and was pleasantly surprised from the comments at how many of us adults felt like we would benefit from our own glitter mind jars. That got me to thinking even more about getting in touch with my own feelings and how that pertains to my writing.

My good friend Dorne, from Write Dorne, wrote an excellent article about getting in touch with your inner child when you write. It is a great read.

Dorne says, “Kids look at things with a freshness and innocence. Why can’t we look at things in a similar way?”

What an excellent point, I thought. On Friday, I found myself stuck at a particular spot in the writing of my book. It was my first snag, and I was really struggling with where I wanted to go in the story. I wanted to move forward, but I couldn’t because I was thinking like an adult.

I tried to meditate, but that did not work. I just could not calm down my thoughts. I was quite frustrated and finally gave it up for the day. I decided that I needed a break from writing.

That night, I lay there calming my thoughts and breathing slowly. I started to relax, and I told myself that I needed to think like a child would. I knew if I could do that I would solve my writing dilemma.

I began to dream. My subconscious mind dealt with my story line. The next morning, I jumped up and ran into my creative room to write down the next chapter in my story. I had figured it out.

Sometimes you just have to let go and see things at a child’s level. When we do that, we see things with fresh sight. It makes a huge difference in our perspective. Meanings become clearer. The fog clears.

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(Click on the image to enlarge it, or visit the article on the Huff Post) Image courtesy of The Huff Post.

Remember, this is not a challenge.  This is an offering of support.  If you would like to join in with your own Mindful Monday goals you can do so in the comments, or on a separate post of your own making.  If you want to link back to my post, please feel free to do so however, it is not necessary.  My main objective here is to give, and get support to become more mindful of the things I take for granted in my life.

What are your mindful goals for this week? I am going to slow down and pace myself more in my writing and my eating. How about you?

Thank you for all the fabulous blog posts I am seeing in our WordPress community about mindfulness. It is a joy to see so many of you sharing your mindful goals. Thank you for enriching my life with your experiences, and thank you so much for joining me in my pursuit of becoming more mindful.  I appreciate your support!

Image credit: Get Healthy U

This quote is from the Get Healthy U website:

“Do you Namaste? And do you really even know what Namaste means? Have you heard your yoga teacher say it at the end of class and either ignored it or wondered what the heck it means? There are so many different definitions for this powerful Sanskrit word. Here are several:

  • I bow to you.
  • I am a reflection of your divine light.
  • I salute all that is divine within you.
  • The spirit in me honors the spirit in you.
  • The light in me honors the light in you.
  • May the divine in me honor the divine in you.”

I wish much peace and joy to everyone this week. Namaste.


55 thoughts on “Mindful Monday – Writing With a Purpose

  1. Another great post Colleen and thank you for the mention and link to Write Dorne.
    I am trying to be more mindful in my life, as well. I haven’t quite mastered meditation … because my mind won’t shut up! But I see a fabulous colours, which are very relaxing.
    I’ll also join you in slowly down my eating and savouring every mouthful… it helps with the weight loss and let’s face it – is much better than just shovelling it into our faces!
    Have a great and mindful week and good luck with your novel writing. Way to go! x:)

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    1. That is fabulous Dorne! I so loved your article. You were spot on! I actually write better when I look at things with a child’s eyes. You know what that means. LOL! I do a food journal too. Have you tried that? 💖 Thanks for all the inspiration.


  2. I was actually pondering that question over the weekend. My son looks at everything with bright eyes while I have a habit of seeing the darker shades of the world. For a brief moment, I thought that it was only because I knew ‘the truth’ about things and he was still learning. Kind of right since it seems many people seem to become jaded or pessimistic as they age. I think we’re simply bombarded by so much of the negative that the freshness and innocence is crushed. You have adults who see those things solely as naivety too, so they’re trying to remove it from their kids quickly. Best way to explain it is that people don’t think adults should act like children in any way even if it’s a good way to relieve stress and relax.

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    1. You are so true about this Charles. I find I write better when I view things as a child would. At least that works for me right now. I have the luxury of being in early retirement, so I do not have to go out the door into the cold, harsh “adult” world. Been there, done that. Writing with the eyes of a child allows you to gain a different perspective of your characters. Try it, if just for some free writing or brainstorming. 💖 Good luck!


        1. Yes. I have been doing it as an actor would play a part. Try to imagine yourself as a child in the setting of your most recent story. Look at the creatures as if you were a child. Write down how those creatures look, smell, act… All from the perspective of a child. Suddenly, the descriptions become crisper, clearer. The story has more clarity. Of course, adults must be adults. Writing with a different perspective is the goal. 😊


  3. A wonderful post Colleen. Whatever method one uses to work their way out of that brain fog, a good night’s sleep, with dreams or without, always helps creativity. To try to see a situation or picture as a child would opens our minds to greater possibilities. As adults, we carry our preconceived notions and biases into everything we do, whereas with children, they work with a clean slate. Hugs, my friend.

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      1. I guess that is kind of the magic word: together! The greatest relief for most people is the knowing that they are not the only one with similar problems. Understanding is a healing tool. Knowing that many deal with the same things motivates to step up!


        1. I so agree. I hope people will read what I go though, and then figure out a better way to move past the issue. And, sometimes it helps to know that you are not the only one who has that problem. In reality, we all do. ❤ I am still writing… hope to send you a peek today.

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      1. Lol. So glad to hear that. The one who surrender will exist. The one who has never given up will be chosen to be utilized and be dead in vain due to his ego. Be useless. Be empty. Bow to everyone. :)))


  4. Colleen, How interesting that your mindful idea to sleep and dream with “childlike abandon” was the key to unlock your writer’s block!
    Every Monday is as glorious as the next, on your blog!
    Ps: I could’ve used the glitter globe yesterday by the way:)
    Pps: Namaste is such a beautiful and all-encompassing word! Thanks for sharing!
    Happy Tuesday!

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  5. Thank you, Colleen, for telling me about linking up to this post – I do indeed have similar objectives now, as you stated here. Slow down and enjoy! Wishing you good luck with that and I will try to do my best to relax as well 🙂


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