"Without peace, we cannot be creative," says spiritual guru Kamlesh Patel and quite honestly, I agree.
I am a first time mom of a toddler who is ever-learning and wants to know everything. He can't talk yet but knows how to point at things and ask me about them. If he is awake–I can't even dream to sit in front of the computer to write a poem. When my little one is napping–there are so many things to do or worry about, that there are days when I can't write a poem even if I am sitting in front of the computer. "Silence doesn’t mean peace," another lovely and true quote by Mr. Patel. Thankfully, there are also days when I can and DO write. The difference is because of practicing meditation.
I have been following Heartfulness meditation since I was in college and that keeps me centered. It helped me during the most difficult time of my life–when my dad passed away because of cancer. Now, I see the benefit of meditating on a whole different level–writing, especially poems need a lot of creativity and focus. Besides skill, you need a handle on meters and rhyme and scheme, especially if you are a new and aspiring poet like me.
I know that I need to be peaceful in the inside to write rather than demand silence from the outside. So, not only do I meditate in the morning and the evening but I also try to meditate before writing. I sit for a minute or two and try to center myself and connect with myself. If there is something urgent that I remember to do, I finish that task before I sit to write my poem. While centering, I try to think of the objective of writing the poem and the message that I want it to convey. I wait till I feel ready to write it. It is no joke that most answers come when we are peaceful. Newton was resting under a tree when he realized what gravity is. Archimedes was taking a bath when he realized his theory.
Meditation is making me calmer and helping me have harmony in life and relationships. In context of writing a poem or writing as a whole, here are some of the changes that I have personally seen in me.
- Better focus
- Clarity and simplicity to explain my thoughts.
- Less desire to check my FB or get distracted
- Less worries overall but also about the outcome of the poem
- Accentuates my skill and creativity
- Makes my writing effortless
I hope meditation helps you find balance and harmony in life and makes you a better poet too. There are many forms and systems of meditation on YouTube and I am sure you can find one that suits you. Good luck!
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Born and raised in Mumbai, India, Sunayna Pal moved to USA after her marriage. A double post-graduate from XLRI and Annamalai University, she worked in the corporate world for five odd years before opting out to embark on her heart’s pursuits. She sold art for NGO’s and became a certified handwriting analyst.
She is a new mother and devotes all her free time to writing and Heartfulness. Many of her articles and poems have been published and she is a proud contributor of many international anthologies. Her name has recently appeared in The Hindu, Women’s Era, Feminine Collective, and Silver Birch Press. She is currently part of an anthology that is trying to break the Guinness world of Records.
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