This week was transformational for me as far as my attitude towards writing is concerned. For as long as I can remember, I have resisted writing. I love to read and even as a child I remember having a high level of admiration for writers. Even sometimes wishing I was a writer. But I always had it in my head that whatever I would write, no one would want to read.
So when I applied for the MKMMA program and found out I would be writing a weekly blog post, my body and mind immediately went into “resistance”. I knew that it was part of the assignments and decided I would do it but considered it a “necessary evil” thinking that not many people would read it anyway. Then I found out that we are to read each other’s blogs and even share them on Social Media! I almost quit.
I realized this week, that every time I talked about the MKMMA program, I was saying that I really enjoyed the reading and the webinars. I was learning a lot, but I was “struggling” with writing, whether it was the blogs, my Press Release or even commenting on the Alliances.
Wow! What was I telling others? What was I telling my subconscious? How could I ever expect my writing to be anything other than a “struggle” if that is what I was thinking it was each time I sat down to write or even when I would think about having to write.
The Law of Substitution (which Haanel talks about in sentence 4 this week) says that we cannot think two things at the same time. I realized that I needed to tell myself a different story. Saying that writing comes easily and effortlessly to me was too big of a jump. So I have been telling myself that it may not come that easily now, BUT the more I do it, the easier it will get and the better I will get at writing. The Law of Practice.
Something else I became aware of this week is how stressed out I have been because of my thoughts. Forget about getting very far with the “Mental Diet”! And from reading I have done, I know that stress causes blood flow to the brain to decrease. So by getting myself so stressed out each time I starting writing, I was actually making sure that it was going to be a struggle!
Sentence 8 of this week’s lesson says: “Imagination is the light by which we can penetrate new worlds of thought and experience.” Could I use my imagination to actually visualize myself writing easily and effortlessly? Could I change my thoughts and maybe do something to decrease the stress in my body? Could I imagine myself writing a blog that could actually benefit someone who might read it?
I love sentence 15. “Constructive imagination means mental labor, by some considered to be the hardest kind of labor, but, if so, it yields the greatest returns, for all the great things in life have come to men and women who had the capacity to think, to imagine, and to make their dreams come true.”
This sentence inspired me to spend some extra time in a “sit” imagining myself in my office, sitting at my computer, and writing my blog.
In case anyone reading this is also having difficulty with the writing, here is what came to me during my “sit” and what I decided to put into practice.
- In the background, I have some baroque music playing. (helps lower stress)
- I have a candle lit.
- I have some Orange Essential oil in my diffuser (great stress reliever)
- I have water to keep my brain hydrated.
- I have a cup of white tea and some freshly baked gluten free Snickerdoodles on a beautiful tray to celebrate when I finish.
- Before I started writing, I had a clear intention in mind, gathered my materials, asked for guidance (figured I could use all the help I could get), did some relaxing breathing, got myself in a state of gratitude, and starting typing.
Last week, I sat here for hours trying to write. All I could do was cry and think to myself that I just I couldn’t do it. That I was crazy to think I could.
This week, with the changes in my thinking (and maybe the reward of the cookies in front of me), I have written this in one hour. No struggle! No tears! No stressing out! Easy and effortless? Easier and much less effort than earlier blogs.
I will continue each week. Even after this course ends. Next on my agenda is writing my Press Release!
“I can be what I will to be” – even a blogger!
So can you. If any of this has been of any benefit to you, please let me know.
Thanks so much for reading this! Have a beautiful day with lots of happy thoughts!