Exercise: Pick a thought and expand upon it using Contemplative Writing.
Contemplative Writing is a power move.
If you like to write utilizing a pen and paper, Contemplative Writing is pen-point focus. If you use a keyboard, it can also be fingertip focus. Either way, the point of your pen moving on the paper or your fingertip striking a key – this is your power-point…your point of power.
What is the point of this exercise? Discovering what this thought or topic means to you.
Write as if you were explaining it to someone.
Consider as many examples as you can – even if those perspectives seem strange or even downright immature…or wrong…to you.
Contemplative Writing is for you. You don’t have to share your thoughts with anyone. Always examine your perspectives from a place of curiosity, exploration, and speculation. In this space there is no room for censorship or condemnation.
Play with thoughts. Ask:
What else could it mean?
How else could a person take it?
And then what?
Do I wish for this to continue? If you do not wish for this to continue, it is only by considering alternatives that you will discover the tools to change it.
Angle # 1
Where you’ve been. Your past. Memories, traditions, or the teachings of others are in this category. Education is part of your past.
Angle # 2
Where you are going. Your future. Goals, dreams, visions are in this category. Vision is part of your future.
Angle # 3
Where you are afraid to go. Your fear. Gentle, firm exploration…sitting with your discomfort. “Addressing the mess,” meeting fear with courage, is in this category.
Angle # 4
Where you’d never go..or go again. Your wisdom. What you’ve learned so far in life, working with YOUR highest form of right, your most honorable and compassionate version of the story that you can possibly imagine…Why you would not go there ever or why you’d never go there again…is in this category.
Use these four angles (and make more as you see fit!) as a means to explore your thoughts and reach new insights. This is where you Aim High and Dig Deep…with the intention of learning what truly matters to you. Even panoramic pictures need to be in focus, right? Widen your lens and sharpen your focus. Explore to understand with an elegant attitude.
Allow your Constant Traveler (the most honorable and compassionate part of you that you can possibly imagine at this point in time) to offer you Unconditional Personal Regard. Your Constant Traveler is the voice of wisdom.
Wisdom is appreciating the value of experience.
Allow the thought to lead you to a place where you can regard it without conditions. Writing clarifies thoughts. Writing your thoughts down – from bouncing around in your head to order on a page – can give you a fresh, new perspective. You are giving the solution the best possible opportunity to arrive!
Contemplative Writing is a powerful tool. It clarifies. It calms. It heals. It brings peace.
Friend, you are truly thinking…and writing yourself free!
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