Writing as a Path to Awakening: A Year to Becoming an Excellent Writer and Living an Awakened Life

"Writing as a path to awakening is an invitation and celebration--it's your ticket back to your creative brilliance," writes Albert DeSilver. According to him, combining meditation and writing is the most genuine way to discover one's truest self and to produce the most creative and profound writing.

Using the calendar year as a template, DeSilver offers monthly insights into the how and why of the writing process, encouraging writers to read widely and often, to explore the world of poetry and to write consistently. He couples examples by students with craft and meditation exercises that encourage readers to stretch the boundaries of their known world. The meditation exercises help relax and expand the mind, allowing creativity to flow more readily when one sits down to do the fun and engaging writing exercises. These include the use of all five senses to produce vivid imagery, considering the role humor can play, writing a biography of a person in a magazine, reflecting on the boundaries of telling the truth in one's writing. He also delves into the world of editing.

Although some of his writing tactics are tried and true methods most writers will recognize--write daily, find your optimum writing time, practice, practice, practice--by combining the act of writing with meditation, DeSilver opens a doorway that allows for spiritual and emotional growth, concepts not discussed in typical writing books. --Lee E. Cart, freelance writer and book reviewer

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