There’s a common misperception about writing that is pervasive. I lived it for many years, and it thrives in popular culture: that we write from our minds.
Turn on a TV channel and there it is – a writer at his desk, a look of puzzlement and consternation on his face (to convey all that hard thinking), and then he writes.
We are lauded as “brilliant minds,” but is that all there is?
In actuality, there is another piece of us that is just begging to get into the action, and when we let her in, our writing lives change – it is our wise bodies.
Sure, we can write with very little input from her. We often do. But it can lead to going around in circles with our writing, creating from a sense of “push” instead of pleasure, and lots of logical, linear writing versus creative, expansive writing. Exchange the word “writing” for “living” and the results are the same.
There’s a quote by author Laraine Herring that captures it perfectly: “Often, writers tend to live in their heads, with their bodies as convenient vehicles for transporting those heads. If we spend all our time in our heads, not only do we have to deal with all those messy thoughts spinning around, but we’ll soon find ourselves seeking solutions to all our problems and navigating our lives through only one vehicle: the mind. The mind is not meant for all that work. The mind is a gigantic data processor and can only work with the data it has in it, so creative solutions must come from outside the mind.”
I spent so many years living in my head and toting around my body because I didn’t know any other way. Whether it was what I wanted to eat or what I wanted to create next, I asked my head for the answers and my beloved, patient body went along with the plan.
It wasn’t until I attended a somatic workshop that things changed. We were talking about life purpose and listening for what was next. The instructor invited us to tune into our subtle body sensations to help guide us. Sounded easy enough, but when I knocked on my body’s door… no one answered. There was a disconnect I hadn’t even been aware of, despite all the mind-body-soul theories I professed to believe in. I had the mind-soul connection, but my body had been abandoned.
That event years ago started me on a journey to welcome back my body in all aspects of my life, including my creative work.
When I sit down to write, I begin with a conversation with my body to see what she needs. If I tend to her needs – stretching her, noticing her aches or pulses of aliveness – she gifts me back with richer writing and a more intuitive, joyful journey.
One of my favorite areas to “write” is my expressive dance class. I often enter contracted from the day, and my practice is to keep releasing my thoughts and moving into my body. As I dance, and let go, my thinking mind quiets and eventually presence and creativity bubble up – the first line of a blog, an original twist in a book chapter, a new women’s circle idea or even an insight into a relationship issue.
It comes from partnership with my body, not from shutting her out and trying ever harder to move forward anyway. Yes, sometimes I need to wrestle with my thinking – it’s ALL part of the creative process – but if that’s all I’m using, I have a half empty tool kit.
We all have stories that are longing to emerge. The mind alone won’t get us there. As Herring says, “Deep, authentic writing does not come from the intellect, as one might expect. Deep writing comes from our bodies, from our breath, and from our ability to remain solid in the places that scare us.”
Whew, there is a lot coming up! Read below to see what sparks you…
Creative Soul Women’s Circles: The Wisdom of the Body
Beginning August 23, 2017 (early bird ends Tuesday, August 15)
Have you felt your creative life lagging? If you could wave a magic wand, would you love regular mini-retreats to refresh and recharge? And as you keep waving your wand, how about if the focus is on YOU – what keep you vital, in sync and aligned with what matters most?
And while we are wishing, one more thing – why not do all this within a nurturing community of creative, conscious women?
The Creative Soul Women’s Circles are just that. In addition, this season we will focus on how to lasso the body’s wisdom for more creativity, health, joy and more. Join us! There are still a few spots left. Read more here ….
Reconnecting to your Creative Heartbeat
Be Radiant Radio show: Interview with Carolyn Scarborough
Sunday, August 13 at 5:30 p.m. CT (and in the archives after that date)
So many of us desire to live rich, creative, fully-expressed lives… yet we find ourselves stuck. We feel disconnected from our creative source and struggle to write, paint, create businesses, or simply tap into our aliveness no matter what we are doing. In this episode, writing and creativity coach/mentor Carolyn Scarborough will show you how to remove blocks to your innate creative heartbeat. She will also discuss the role of the body in amping up your creativity. See how to finally take the next steps in your creative projects and feel free to express your deepest self! Read more here.
Creative Soul Writing Circles – Coming Soon!
Do you desire to write… but find that without support your goals go on the back burner? Can you imagine a small group of fellow writers (new and seasoned) to cheer you on? What about laser coaching to keep you on track? And a structure that works not through harsh accountability, but from continually re-inspiring you to remember your writing dreams and melting blocks to reaching them?
I’ve seen HUGE progress in the first Creative Soul Writing Circle that launched in June. Although this group is full, I plan to launch more of the small (6 women in each) writing groups in the next few months. If you would like to be among the first to get details as they become available, contact me here.
Unleash your Writing Mojo…
September 26, 2017
6 – 8:30 p.m.
So often when we sit down to write, blocks come up. We start writing, and what we passionately want to say gets garbled in the process. Or, we finally sit down to write that blog and instead have an overwhelming desire to clean behind the refrigerator! Maybe we even love to write, but don’t prioritize it – or ourselves – and it becomes that thing we feel guilty about not doing, rather than that thing that moves forward our businesses and even our life purpose.
This month, I will be doing a workshop on getting out of our own way and writing anyway at the Austin Chapter of the International Coaching Federation. The event is open both to coaches and non-coaches, and is geared to get you out of your head and onto the page. Whether you’ve written a lot or not at all, you’ll come away from the evening inspired, with practical tools you can use immediately to kick-start your writing. Register here.
Scottsdale, Arizona Writing Retreat
I will be offering a Creative Soul Women’s Writing Retreat in Scottsdale, Arizona in mid-October, 2017. More details coming soon!