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Mind Dichotomy


“Your profession is not what brings home your paycheck.  Your profession is what you were put on earth to do–with such passion–and such intensity–that it becomes spiritual in calling.”   Vincent Van Gogh

Don’t know that it feels spiritual in calling, though in the past, my urge to write has felt that way at times.  I do know that no matter what else I’m doing, a part of my mind is always on this work.  I watch real scenarios in this world and reenact them as mini-scenes.  I can sense a possible plot from the smallest remark.  A particularly emotional piece of music can have me tightening my hands into fists as the urge to express those feelings fills my lungs.

There are times when I’m trying to work with many distractions around me and something will swell in my chest, a feeling of instinct, a certain knowledge that were I to truly focus, I could write something so profound, my need to be a “great writer” would prove a real possibility. 

I do write with distractions, but I’d love to see how much I could accomplish without.  I’m not talking of ridding myself of work, family and friends, no.  I’m talking about the true quieting of the mind–discovering that infinitely endless and private place we all have inside of us.  A couple of weeks ago, I found it and wrote nearly five thousand words in one sitting.  My cp said it was one of my strongest chapters yet.  That tells me something important.  Something I did know already, but having an outsider second the thought always helps. 

That deep, inner well of creativity is where the “really” good stuff is. <g> 

We all have it.  There are many who know how to find it daily.  They can install themselves in a bubble and focus–no matter what’s around them.  I can, too.  I just haven’t found it an easy process. 

So, my goal this year, is to create a shortcut.  No more noisy labyrinths of thoughts and worries to dissect.   I’ll make a straight and simple path–even if I have to bulldoze over a few things. 🙂


  1. January 22, 2008    

    I could use that shortcut. If you find it let me know. Right now I can’t even get the word count graph widget to work. I put in my numbers but Zokotu doesn’t give me the codes. Oh well. Such is the way it is. Carol

  2. January 22, 2008    

    It’s not working for me either.

  3. January 22, 2008    

    Oh, there are people who insists meditation works as a shortcut. It just never feels that short, you know? 😉

  4. January 22, 2008    

    Wish I could do this, too. Barry can. I think it’s a discipline and it just takes practice. Like anything else, the more you do it, the easier it becomes. Sounds like a good thing to work toward. 🙂

  5. January 22, 2008    

    If I am to share my humble ever so novice opinion, it is a work of inspiration to a point. Writing will occur most of the time under distracting obstacles (I hate street noises, honestly, or phone calls or IMs, when I am writing), so one way or another you ain’t gonna go into the bubble fully at least. But when time calls for a strong chapter or story, which is submerged into emotion, the adrenaline of this creative epiphany will trigger the whole bubble and it will happen. Learning to combine inspiration and writing discipline is the factor that makes you bloom with words. That is how I explain it, but I still can’t do it on my own. I think you should try and bulldoze the shortcut anyway. Get me a shovel so that I can help and enjoy the whole experience as well.

  6. January 23, 2008    

    Sarah is right. It’s a matter of discipline and practice. It’s being able to shut out the distractions of the world, and worse, the mind, to a point where you are actually the One in control of the machinery. Meditation helps. Learning to shut down the conscious trappings of life and reach the calm place where all inspiration and creativity flows. That is spirit, to me. The place of genesis. A lost horizon of the mind. I have been attempting trips to this place for quite some time, now. It’s a continuing process.

    You’re supposed to meditate 20 minutes, twice a day, they say. I’ll admit, when I meditate, it quiets my mind, makes handling things easier. Supposed to lower blood pressure, too. At my age, that falls in the benefit column.


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