Meditation Challenge

I like regimented things because I’m anything but. I’m a total free spirit, messy, spur of the moment kind of girl, but when I actually make a commitment, I’ll follow through to the end.

Over the weekend I attended a yoga teacher training and as part of the training, we of course did yoga and meditated. I am a regular yoga practitioner, but not a regular meditator. I’ll meditate when I get really stressed out and have no choice but to close my eyes and attempt to shut my mind up.

Meditating this weekend felt absolutely magical. It’s like real medicine. I’ve often heard that some of the brightest minds meditate, like one of my favorite comic writers/storytellers, Grant Morrison. I admire his work so much and I think that it’s probably meditation that has allowed all those crazy, out-of-the box ideas to flourish and become raw, new, thoughtful stories.

When I write I try to organize my thoughts before I even start writing, and sometimes I get really caught up in the outline, so much so that the story isn’t allowed to breathe or have a mind of its own. I think with meditation, a project is given the freedom to be what the universe wants it to be, not what I want it to be, or what some editor thinks it should be.

So my new challenge to myself is this, to meditate for ten minutes every day, for oh, maybe a month? Think that’s enough time? Yea. A month.

I meditated this morning for ten minutes and asked myself these questions that I’ve heard from the Course in Miracles: Where will you have me go? What will you have me do? What will you have me say and to whom?

I know the meditation is working already. I feel a bit more directed in my day.

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My spiritual writing cleanse, Days 7-9: First Draft “Done-so”

So yesterday I finished¬†the first draft of my script. As a buddy of mine would say, it’s “Done-so,” maybe pronounced DUNZO. lol. I know. Dorky. But it’s nice to say, “Done-so” when something is done. It feels good. Try it.

Today I read the script with a friend and it’s not half bad. Yes, it’s a baby zygote, fetus, the beginning of a creative pregnancy. Yes, it needs work, but after a week of writing a 120-page screenplay straight from your heart, you cannot judge. Viki King actually says not to judge your work. She says not to ask if it’s good or bad. You are just supposed to ask these questions:

Does this scene work?

What did I want to show here?

Can I show it another way more effectively?

Is the story that I wanted to tell the story I told?

Is it true to my original feeling?

Did you know what it was about?

Could you identify with the characters?

Was this movie about what you thought it was about?

These are good questions to ask.¬† I am going to change my mentality about re-writing. In my past, I’ve found re-writing to be one of the most challenging parts of writing, but I will look at it with a positive, open mind and embrace every uncomfortable, nail-biting urge. I kinda have to stay positive and feel good about what I’ve created. My fourth screenplay baby is on its way to being born.