“Once you can communicate with yourself, you’ll be able to communicate outwardly with more clarity.
The way in is the way out.”
-Thich Nhat Hanh
When we listen deeply to ourselves and others, the Vietnamese zen Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh says, we cultivate compassion. Deep listening is a form of compassionate listening that requires us to be present, without judgement, without analysing. Being present in the moment anchors us to our true self.
Mindful journaling is a form of deep listening to our unedited selves. The journal becomes our sanctuary. A place where we retreat into stillness and the flow of our voice on the page, without stopping to think or to edit. In this contemplative state, we excavate our inner self. We hear the raw voice that flows below the thinking mind.
In this course you will be guided through a carefully curated sequence of personal creative writing prompts. You will learn how to use writing as a practice, like yoga or meditation.
When we use writing as a form of creative self-inquiry, we are curious about the process. We pay attention to what arises in the act of writing.
Sound bowl meditations take us to a place of quiet, contemplative stillness where we can hear our deepest voice. Our writing reveals the patterns in our thinking. We become a compassionate witness to our personal stories.
Mindful journaling cultivates the quality of contemplative absorption. We become calm, grounded and connected inside ourselves.