Firstly, I’d like to apologise for being so behind with replying to your lovely comments this week, I’ve not been feeling very well…my arthritis, food poisoning, you know, just the usual lol
Just recently I read One Continuous Mistake by Gail Sher who is a poet, writer, teacher and psychotherapist. She has written over twenty books of poetry, haiku, writing as a practice and a book on bread-making. She is one of just 91 people ordained as a lay disciple of Shunryu Suzuki-roshi, the person credited with bringing Soto Zen Buddhism to the West. I thoroughly enjoyed it!!!!!
I haven’t got a clue where I got this book from (I think it was on a book binge at Foyles) but her quote on the back of the book was what really had me interested…
If writing is your practice, the only way to fail is not to write.
Hear hear Ms Sher!
Anyway, a chapter I read yesterday really intrigued me, where she talked about posture.
“As soon as you bend your back, you lose power. Even if it’s just at the beginning of your writing period, if you can sit comfortably with your spine straight, it will ground you. Your writing will be more alive because it will come from a place of greater self-connection.”
Seriously? *jaw drops*
She goes on to say that if you write on the couch use a pillow and cross your legs. If you write in bed position yourself upright. Sit cross legged at your desk, hell, use a lecture/podium and write standing up (as Virginia Woolf did).
Sher believes that when we write with our spines bent our energy gets caught up and that our writing will become stale and flat.
So what do you think? I’m off to try it