10 ways to write from the heart
Consciously focusing on the heart rather than the mind can help unlock ever-new writing potential, keeping your creativity flowing more and more consistently, drawing forth from within your own unique writing ability. Writing from the heart is allowing our true inner selves to speak about the world around us.
The prolific writer Sri Chinmoy once said:
“There is a great difference between what can be obtained from the mind and what can be obtained from the heart. The mind is limited; the heart is unlimited.”
10 steps to write from the heart:
1. Meditate regularly every day, for at least 5 minutes first thing in the morning and again before writing. Simply focus your attention on your spiritual heart in the center of your chest. If you want, you can try listening to your own heart beat or imagine that it has become the heart itself. If any thoughts enter the mind, just turn your attention back to the heart.
2. Keep a pure and clean area in which to meditate. It’s a good idea to take a bath or shower first and keep the room well ventilated. You can bring fragrances like incense, something from nature that inspires you, like a fresh flower, and perhaps a picture of something meaningful to you. Keep a separate area for writing and introduce similar sources of purity and inspiration there.
3. Writing is not just something that happens while typing or placing the pen on the paper. Writing from the heart means being constantly aware of what surrounds us. This is what Buddhists call “mindfulness.” Not only will it give you a fuller life experience, but it will also lead you to a deeper and more authentic writing. Get in the habit of simply observing the world – people, nature, each of your own senses, and your own feelings.
4. When you are used to observing your surroundings, you will begin to accept things as they are naturally. You may see the same scenes day after day. The mind can tire of them, but if you look from the heart, you will find new beauty and inspiration.
5. Observation and acceptance naturally engender love, gratitude, and joy. These are invaluable keys to meaningful writing. Conveying these experiences through words will help others see the beauty and inspiration in their own lives.
6. Protect that effort you have made to see and feel things positively. Unconstructive criticism, anger, and jealousy can thwart our inspiration and prevent us from writing from the heart, whether it comes from ourselves or from other people. Try to avoid encountering these negative forces. If you can’t avoid them, try not to pay attention to them.
7. When you are in the habit of observing your surroundings, allow the words to come to you, even without the intention of writing them. When the words are not written, they have more freedom. Practice describing the things you see to yourself.
8. Take a notebook with you everywhere. Only when a sequence of words reaches you and excites your heart, write it down and let more words grow around it.
9. Don’t let the mind plan a finished product. Let writing flourish and become what it wants to be. That way it will have its own authenticity and integrity, and the result will be more valuable.
10. Trust the creative process that comes from the heart, but also use your mind to polish and revise your writing. Sometimes what comes from the heart can benefit from a little clarification.