Meditation for Writers
(Your Questions Answered!)
Two years ago when Katie came up with the idea to put together a meditation program for writers, I was excited. But I was also a bit reluctant …
You see, I’ve tried to meditate. NUMEROUS times! I just thought I was one of those people who simply couldn’t make it happen.
But after talking to Annette Annechild, Ph.D. – the creator of Accessing the Writer Within: Your 21-Day Journey to Unlocking and Unleashing Your True Writing Potential – and going through her 21-day meditation practice, I’ve learned to successfully meditate, and I’m forever grateful.
Here’s a bit of our conversation …
Q: Why is it so hard for me to meditate? I've tried before but never seem to be able to do it very well. My mind is constantly going!
Annette Annechild, Ph.D.: The real answer is that it’s hard for everybody to quiet the mind at first, that’s why we need to do it every day. And the misconception is that you’re only meditating if you’re successful in quieting your mind.
Even after all these years of meditating, there are times my mind still races the entire time I’m sitting.
But the good news is it doesn't matter what happens when you sit to meditate. You are meditating if you are attempting to quiet the mind.
I promise you if you sit morning and night for these 21 days you will begin to understand that you can, in fact, control your mind.
It’s an amazing and freeing moment when you’re no longer a slave to your thoughts. Everyone can experience this freedom, you just have to do it!
Q: When you say control the mind, what do you mean?
Annette Annechild, Ph.D.: I’m suggesting that the mind is just a part of you, but certainly not all of you. Your intuition, your gut feelings – these are important parts of you too. They, in fact, are the deepest parts of you and they never lie, but the mind can be a trickster.
Q: I have heard you say that before, the mind is a trickster, what does that mean?
Annette Annechild, Ph. D.: The mind actually often tells us things that aren't true. You walk past a bakery and the mind tells you you're hungry, even if you've just had dinner. Particularly in the middle of the night, the mind loves to tell you things that will scare you to death. When you wake up in the morning however, those things seem quite manageable. It can tell you to put off things that need to be done. Controlling the mind means being able to separate out the things that are real and best for you.
Q: What is the difference between meditation and self-hypnosis?
Annette Annechild, Ph.D.: Meditation is about clearing the mind. We focus on our breathing or a mantra and no matter what the mind wants to do we constantly bring it back to that mantra or breath. Self-hypnosis begins with clearing the mind and then takes the mind deeper into the subconscious.
Q: Then what is HMT?
Annette Annechild, Ph.D.: HMT is a hypnotic meditative technique that I developed over the last 25 years of being a therapist. It’s a therapeutic technique that helps us harness the power of meditation and self-hypnosis to use for very specific purposes.
Q: How long does it take to feel the benefits of these techniques?
Annette Annechild, Ph.D.: The good news is almost immediately. When I use these techniques in my office people say "I want to live in that place."
My answer is always the same "you can, I do!!"
A peaceful mind is the building block of joy and productivity. It’s the pathway between your dreams and your reality, between what you want to get done and what you actually do.
Q: Do you have any tips on meditation?
Annette Annechild, Ph. D.: Yes, try to meditate in the same place every day. Pick a comfortable chair and make that your quiet place.
Try to meditate in the morning and the night even if it's only for five minutes – it becomes like bookends to your day.
Don't give up, it's like training a new puppy. If you tell the puppy what to do over and over every day, one day it just gets it and behaves. The mind is the same way, if it knows you mean business, it will begin to cooperate, I promise!
So what do you think? Want to give it a shot?
On August 8th I’m going to go through the 21-day program again, and I want you to go through it with me.
I’ll even check in with you every day so we can share our experiences.
That way you’ll stay committed to getting through it.
You’ve got nothing to lose, and a whole lot to gain.
But don’t take my word for it …
And if you have any questions about meditation, I invite you to post them below. I’ll ask Annette to swing by and answer them for you!
Accessing the Writer Within: A 21-Day Journey to Unlocking and Unleashing Your True Writing Potential
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