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Food For The Soul

28 Dec

Books, books, books, books, books. For a writer books are pivotal if you want your soul to survive and stay weird and writer-y, as opposed to normal. I mean, think about it, what if our souls could survive on thoughts and feelings regarding the household, shopping, and whether or not our neighbour likes us.

No, our soul needs to swim in the energy of the worlds that we read about, the beautiful words that are constructed like an intricate sculpture. Energy we need every day or our souls will slowly dwindle down to Normal.

There are so many things good for us. So many things we should do daily, like walking/exercising, meditate, hug someone, drink water, and all that kind of nonsense. Well, I’m here to tell you that reading should be on that list too. Because if reading is on there, writing will surely follow. Trust me, I know. I’ve had the writing itch for a long time but my fingertips don’t bleed ink anymore, they’re dry. I know why. It’s because I can hardly remember the last time that I read anything other than the tests my students make. This year has been so hectic and stressful that I SHOULD have been writing my ass off, diving into other worlds and lives than my own, but the thing you really do when you get home is fall down on the sofa and find that you’re stuck to it. An invisible person has glued you to it, and that invisible person is called Stress.

Now it’s the Christmas holiday and I have a moment to breathe. More importantly, I get to read! And wow, have I missed it. Also, now the writing muscle needs training again. Why not start with a blog post? (I have missed you, Bloggy.) And after that, work on a story, no matter how rubbish I may have gotten with all that slacking off.

Then again, it really does help to remind myself, that writers don’t need to write in order to write. And any time my mind has wondered off (and it has done so often) conjuring up images of tough chicks, lonely detectives, murders, unusual people, and unexplained situations, I have been writing. I HAVE BEEN WRITING.

Namasté? Bless You!

6 Sep

A holiday is supposed to relax and calm you, but life doesn’t always work that way. Things can be tough and there can be nails on the road just as you are walking barefooted. One of the most annoying things about that, apart from the obvious, is that stress also messes with your creative engine. I find that I do need to be in the right head space in order to write in a way where I can fully dive in instead of just writing. I hope that makes sense, but I feel a difference between the mere act of writing and REALLY writing.

Anyway, I did what any semi-normal person would do, I went to the Internet Gods and asked them for help. First they showed me pictures of cats with funny expressions to cheer me up and then they directed me to something called tai chi. I am sure you have heard of it. I know I have, but I didn’t know that much about it except that it exists of slow movements, usually performed by women in tight sportswear on a field of grass while a group of male runners gawk at them. However, it is so much more.

The point of tai chi is not to visualise energy, but to actually feel it. Since everything is made up of energy, that doesn’t sound so bad. A lot of stuff happens in a person’s mind, especially in the minds of (high)sensitive writers. One of the principles of tai chi is to integrate the mind with the body. Movements are fluid, breathing is controlled, and don’t underestimate the power of mental concentration. (Jedi mind tricks!) All of this is designed to allow your life force (the force!) to flow smoothly through your body like a well-oiled…river? Basically, like Yin and Yang, the body and mind are connected and in harmony. And what is better than achieving harmony, right? Apart from writing a best-seller.

One of the other most wonderful things about tai chi might also be the health benefits. As a serial writer I pretty much stay locked in my writing lair with my pet dragons and fake moustaches all the time, and when someone so much as mentions any form of exercise, I immediately scrunch my face and slip into a temporary coma. Tai chi exists of slow movements and you focus on your breathing more than on whether or not your boobs look funny when you run. It strengthens you from the inside out. You should, however, practise it for twenty minutes if you really want the blood flowing. Which you do. Studies have also shown that you gain muscle strength, flexibility and you get fit. So what I am expecting to happen to me after a few months, is that I become a kick-ass ninja who looks good in shorts. Oh, and of course Jedi mind tricks!

Happy relaxing, writers!

 

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