Dear Readers, One of the books I've been dipping into since the holiday influx of books is Write for Your Lives by Joseph Sestito. Joseph is a psychotherapist, writer and Buddhist - three labels that I also claim. In this book he applies his knowledge as both a cognitive therapist and a practising Buddhist to the creative act of writing. He promises that one will become 'a more liberated, effective writer with a greater capacity to benefit your readers.'
The chapter that has most affected me so far is his one titled 'Writing in the Present Moment'. I read about the notion of putting aside the mental activity of looking ahead to the goals one wishes to obtain and to just enjoy the process. Let me say that a slightly different way - I need to stop imagining accepting the Booker and relish the path of writing or revising or whatever it is that I happen to be doing in my two hours. BINGO! Today's two hours sped by. I have to go off to work now and will practice being in the now with my clients instead of hoping and wishing and fearing and dreading. After all do I only write for the product? I hope not. When I'm in the zone of whatever I'm doing - I am clearly more effective, I have more grace, more fluidity for I am present in each word.
Later dear readers.