Wednesday, October 01, 2014
Reflective Writing and the Experience of Transcending
All writing, of course, comes from consciousness. Any ideas, thoughts, or feelings we have spring from our own consciousness. Mind is the entity that we generally give credit to for our ideas, mind usually considered some construct of the human brain that does our thinking for us. This perception of how we write leaves out, to some extent, the feeling level as well as the role that memory plays in our process of writing. The cognitive sciences can map certain stages of the thinking of writing process for us, but do not yet provide the whole picture. I feel a fuller understanding of what occurs when we write is provided by a Consciousness-basedâ„ , approach to writing .[1] With a Consciousness-Based approach, writers not only gain an understanding of the dynamics of consciousness but also experience those dynamics for themselves through the practice of the Transcendental Meditation® program. 

Posted by on 10/20/2013 9:27:00 AMComments 0
How Writing and Transcending Differ
In an earlier posting called “Reflective Writing and the Experience of Transcending,” I talked about some similarities between writing and transcending, namely that both processes begin with an inward turn of awareness, both processes allow the experience of moving to deeper levels of thought, and both processes result in more creative expression. In my conclusion to that posting, however, I pointed out that the parallel shouldn't be drawn too tightly. 

Posted by on 10/20/2013 9:54:00 AMComments 0
Voice and Vantage Point
Voice: Developing one’s voice is critical for writers if each of us wishes to standout as unique in a galaxy of other writers. But voice is an aspect of writing that is formed from many different elements—tone, style, and vantage point, to name a few. Vantage point is, arguably, the most impactful as it also helps shape tone and style.
Posted by on 11/2/2013 1:19:00 PMComments 0
The Hidden Structure of Writing
The word structure can evoke images of a linear arrangement of ideas, even a certain logical rigidity. Structure, however, can also be flowing and organic. The mind creates its own connections and provides its own logic if we allow our thoughts to flow and are sensitive to the relationships that emerge. Reflective writing allows us time to recognize, explore, and play with structure in our writing.
Posted by on 11/2/2013 1:13:00 PMComments 0

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