And here it is, another Tuesday. For those of you new to my blog - I have been getting together once a week for over ten years to write with a friend, Gwen. Our usual routine is to chat a bit, make coffee and then settle down with our computers and work on whatever we are currently engaged in. We use the mytomatoes.com site to write in 25 minute sprints with five minute breaks to stretch, get more coffee etc... Then at noon, we take Hoagy and ourselves for a walk in the woods. We eat some wonderful stuff that we cobble together and usually that is it. I'm off every second week to see the grandkids and Gwen has writing classes to prepare for. The discipline of this is a wonderful thing. When one of us is out of town or engaged in something that needs our every day attention - the other feels bereft - or I should say I do! We both endeavor to write every day but this is the cornerstone of our practice. Occasionally, throughout the years, we have managed retreats of two, three or four days -we go off to someones cabin and write our little hearts out. I love that time - so indulgent - but this steady practice is the real deal. Just ordinary magic.
I am becoming a great believer in small changes for big effect. My friend, Annie, recently gave me a book called One Small Step Can Change Your Life - The Kaizen Way by Robert Maurer- and I'm really liking it. One of the reasons that I do is because I already live my life by many of its principles! After all, wisdom is wisdom, and I have been studying the mind as a Buddhist, a psychotherapist, a writer and most importantly, as a human, for many decades.
The Kaizen Way is a Japanese technique of achieving great and lasting success through small steady steps. Using it, we trick the amygdala (the part of our brain that holds the 'flight or fight response') to accept change by making the change so small that it goes under its radar. Instead of sudden bursts of change that are radical and sweeping (I'm going to give up all sugar, wheat and dairy!) that lasts for awhile and then stops (I'm going to have a margarita and a loaf of bread) one makes small changes until the path is well worn. I think my one of three is like that - all very tricksy. I'll share with you any techniques that help with writing obstacles as we go along.
That's it for today. Do you have a steady small practice in your writing that assists you to your goals? Please share or tell me what you think of these ideas. I love your comments!