For me, the hardest part about blogging is picking one idea and sticking to it. Once I start typing the words, ideas start hitting me like waves. I love sitting on the beach, watching the waves rolling in… rolling in…. rolling in… It’s mesmerizing. They never stop. Wonderful for meditation, horrible idea for blogging. Once I open myself up to ideas, I get lost in them. Two hours go by, and I’ve written nothing. I can’t even tell you what I’ve been thinking. I’ve been caught up in watching the waves rolling in… rolling in… rolling in…
How do you hold back the waves? I haven’t discovered the secret to that. Not yet. I’m going to try some mindful writing, doing some small stones. Writing Our Way Home is a blog about mindful writing, creating what they call small stones, little captures of your daily life, similar to haiku but without the rules. Writing small stones forces you to focus on a moment in your day, freezing it and feeling it. Holding back the waves for just an instant.
Every January, Writing Our Way Home holds a small stone challenge. I tried it two years ago and was entirely too immature to carry through with it. I was too overwhelmed by my life to even take ten minutes to sit and appreciate what was around me. Maybe now is the time to try again.
Even though we’re well into January, it’s a challenge you can start any time. Their blog will give you tips and inspiration, if you want to try doing small stones.
Chris also contributes to the new food blog Three’s Cooking, learning to cook from the heart, for the soul