How to Beat Writer’s Block

It may be an unlikely solution for how to beat writer’s block but yoga is your secret weapon

Stretch back, relax and now… write! Surely this is not the way to beat writer’s block!! Read on Macduff!

how to beat writer's block
Yoga to help writer’s block?!

Sounds crazy, right? Surely we produce our best work when we are pent up with frustration, anger or passion. We manage to squeeze more out of our tired brain when it is overstressed and overworked. Pushed into a corner we feel compelled to write, given all the time in the world we become silent and stagnated, not The Shining author we aspire to be: “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”.

Be prepared to have your illusions shattered.

Although it cannot be denied that pressure does make us act in ways we would otherwise habitually not, these bursts of creativity are short-lived and we are prone to burning out very quickly. They cannot be replicated with ease and place a huge amount of stress on our mind, which can ultimately hamper our creativity and predisposition to writing at all.

There are secrets to unleashing the creative flower in you, to nurture it and help it grow as a positive influence in your life. By relaxing and being open we are more at one with our thoughts. The stillness affords us clarity. With greater clarity we can achieve our goals with greater conviction and speed. Many successful writers incorporate the practice of yoga into their daily routine. The balance they find through the grounding and mindful exercises help to unblock their flow of thought and creativity.

Panic shuts down your mind

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Stay calm and write on

We can worry ourselves into a stupor with such fretful anxieties about meeting deadlines, writing the perfect opening line, finding the most original story line that has never been explored before…. and all these pressures that we place upon ourselves have the opposite effect. They hamper our process. The goal here is not to create but to beat writer’s block ! Mindful stretching and focusing through yoga, such as vinyasa, hatha or nidra, can open up our minds. We gain a sense of self-control and serenity.

This ubiquitous calm does not render you incapable of producing innovative and interesting work, quite the opposite, it helps you tap into some of your unused resources, it helps you to see those great ideas with greater clarity.

Finding the right balance is key

a balanced approach to writing
A balanced approach to writing

Balance in pose, balance in mind

Finding an equilibrium in your life as a writer, whether you juggle a full-time job, parenting and professional belly dancing, will help you produce some of your greatest work without the fear of being burnt out, without the risk of you ending up hating your work and being overridden with anxiety.

It sounds so easy and simple, does it not? Take 20 minutes out of your day to repose your mind through a few breathing and stretching techniques. Suddenly, quite literally, you will find success. It is not a secret, so why don’t you try it? You will hone your skills as a writer and give freedom to your creativity. The only risk factor involved is that you may become addicted to yoga.

Yoga writing retreats

If you want to try out the magic of this simple formula there are many retreats on offer all around the world, but one very near to home is being hosted by Aurora Writers Retreats organised by author Noelle Harrison and yoga teacher Vanessa Rigby: “Into the Light Imbolc Yoga & Creative Writing Urban Retreat” in Edinburgh. (www.aurorawritersretreats.com)
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Yoga in itself is a valuable form of self-realisation. Through specific breathing and physical exercises we are able to cleanse our minds. This cleansing and detoxification of the body and mind prepares us to be more receptive. When we are in tune with all that surrounds us, we are able to absorb more influences and take greater stock of what is around us. This enhances our ability to describe and the intensity of what we experience. Yoga takes us beyond the superficial, in much the same way as meditation deepens our awareness, of the universe and ourselves; we imbibe all the sources of inspiration around us. We then channel this power into our creative work as writers, transcending the barriers created by our worries, fears and anxieties results in a more intense version of our lives.

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Benefits of yoga

It is a known fact that traditional yoga is very much about control as well. You may worry that because you cannot stand like a mighty oak on one leg for half an hour, you will not be able to share in the magic of this power and therefore fail as a writer. This is simply not the case, many types of yoga, such as hatha yoga, focus on the breath using it to move the body. Your breath becomes the fuel. Through controlled breathing you can clear your mind and find stillness in your soul. After all, you do not need to be able to fold your legs behind your head to pick up a pen.

Not only will yoga help you beat writer’s block, it will detoxify, cleanse, re-energise and enlighten your mind. With this clarity your technique will become more disciplined and you will not fear the blank page ever again. Through greater discipline and more practice you will gain confidence. As your confidence grows, so will your work.

how to beat writers blockIf you are serious about wanting to find how to beat writer’s block, take just a little time out to add this invaluable technique to your routine. You would not say no to fewer aches and pains in your body, an improved posture, becoming more observant, experiencing a higher state of consciousness, gaining mental discipline instead of having your thoughts bombard around your mind like an explosion of colliding meteorites.

Try it. Find your peace. Release your latent potential and make writer’s block a long forgotten thing of the past.

Stepping Outside of Your Comfort Zone

How stepping outside of your comfort zone can boost your confidence, wellbeing and creativity levels

Extreme sports enthusiasts love to board, glide or fly. As they play on the planet’s unique and endless playground they are free to evolve. This is because they are surrounded by an endless source of inspiration, free to explore in the most remote and beautiful places in the world.

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Are you an adrenaline junkie?

I used to get high on the flourish of the snow spraying under my skis, now I get a thrill from the flourish of my pen. Committed and passionate artists, both sedentary and active draw their lines of intense living at dizzy heights. Sometimes on their laptop and on the back of envelopes. Other times on an easel or on a mountain top. They experience instances when they become one with the elements, where they cross over into the extremities of all the senses, whether it be within the elements of water, earth or air. It is often also within the extremities of self-exploration and the questioning of our existence that we get the unshakeable feeling we are part of a greater whole: the Earth.

What drives achievers?

What drives some people to want continually live their lives to the fullest, to push their limits, to confront extreme natural conditions?

Why do they have a drive to break records, an irrepressible need to exist or to stand out from the crowd, seek

adrenaline rushes or the fear of facing a “normal” life?

THEY LOVE FEELING ALIVE!

“Reality is just five percent of life.
Man must dream to save himself.” 

Walter Bonatti,
(Inspirational explorer, mountain climber and journalist)

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When I read about other people’s amazing accomplishments, I feel a desire stir within me. My dreams. I may not be able to be a professional Olympian or dance star, but I can accomplish other great feats that will inspire others.

You need a drive, you need a thrill to keep you going.  Do not stagnate otherwise your relationships and work will as well.

Dare yourself to live

Explore different ways to bring life back into your life. Try these suggestions to inspire an unwavering drive within you. You will of course need to be prepared for uncompromising self-sacrifices and a good dosage of humility:

  • Get really involved and share with like-minded people.
  • Change your routine
  • Go on a weekend retreat – affordable, only a couple of days – opens your eyes and mind
  • Join a club you would not normally – like boxing or theatre – to help bring you out of yourself
  • Help a charitable cause – plant trees, serve out breakfast at church
  • Go swimming in a cold pool or sea

surfer, living sport - outside your comfort zone

But people who really feel life pulsing within them are not just adrenaline junkies. For example, people who are immersed in the living world (observers of protected species, nature photographers, etc.). Their awareness of the richness offered by natural resources (creators of foundations or associations) and their passion for the Earth make them equally vibrant with life’s natural energy.

Be an inspirational role model

Be an inspiration to yourself and to others. That is how we will save our planet. Protests alone do not work. We are society and society is not listening. Truth is, we like our TV and plastics. To change the world we must start from within. Change yourself from within by stepping out of your comfort zone. Doing, experiencing something incredible helps with your spiritual growth and personal development.

When we step out of our comfort zone, our body and mind come alive. Like a paraglider or wingsuit flyer. They listen to the wind, feel it brush over their skin, lean on the thermals that lift them, they do not fear the drop to the ground that rolls by below at full speed – they become one with the element of air.

extreme sport - sport - outside your comfort zone

So can you. Focused, in your bubble, you can peel away your role as a human to open up the way to a certain instinctive nature deep within you. When you do, you feel in touch with your true self as you focus solely on the present moment – now you are a part of nature’s web.

Step outside of your comfort zone and start experiencing the other 95 percent of life out there.

Discover how to release your inner powerstep outside your comfort zone and achieve your goals.

 

 

How to Become More Creative – an Unusual Hack

In a sedentary, desk-bound job? Feeling sluggish? Give your mind and body a service with this amazing massage technique.
It will get everything flowing again, awaken your kundalini and let the creativity pour through your meridians onto your page.
Get your creative juices flowing + feel revitalised!

For unlimited creativity and a boost to your physical wellbeing

What is this great secret weapon to unlock the doors of creativity? A Lymphatic massage. It may well be the least sexy massage name ever for perhaps one of the best massages ever.

A massage technique that is not only good for your health but also releases your creativity. Learn how you become more creative when your body is in balance and your energy is flowing freely.

Just what is lymphatic drainage and its benefits?

Before I dive into the wonders of a lymphatic drainage massage, maybe I need to enlighten you of what your lymphatic system is just in case you have never  heard of this alternative health treatment before… after reading this you will definitely be heading out to your nearest lymphatic drainage therapist.

What is our lymphatic system?

The white vessels in our body circulate lymph, a clear fluid that flows from our lymph nodes, through out our body. As you can see from the diagram there is a high concentration of nodes around our throat, armpits, abdominal  and groin area. These nodes filter out and stop infection and other “invading” bodies – a bit like a waste filtration system. Lymph is to our lymphatic system what blood is to our circulatory system. While our circulatory system has the heart to pump and keep it moving and flowing… the lymphatic system depends on your skeletal muscular system moving it through your joints. If the lymph is not flowing freely then our system will block up with excess fluid and contamination (e.g. excess protein, debris, cells, etc). These blockages could cause swelling and become a breeding ground for infection.

So you can see why it is important for your lymphatic system to be flowing freely.

What a lymphatic drainage massage involves:

A certified massage therapist will apply a series of gentle, rhythmic tapping on your lymph nodes to stimulate them to open and drain. The massaging may be done by hand as well as by using a little suction cup that actually draws out the lymph. The treatment is very comfortable and is not invasive at all – no hose pipes attached to dubious areas as may have been envisaged by some of you! A typical session will involve drainage of the head, neck, abdomen and your extremities and will last anywhere from one hour to 90 minutes.  It is a completely non-invasive “massage” consisting of gentle stimulation in the areas of your lymphatic glands.

Don’t expect to be kneaded and pounded and stretched, this is a very gentle process involving tapping to stimulate the nodes and smoothing of the skin to get the lymph fluid moving.

rebalance with a lymphatic massage

The effects of a lymphatic massage

If you are in a sedentary job like me, maybe not exercising enough, you may feel “sluggish” and want to give your body a bit of an MOT. It is also great for getting your immune system working properly, reducing water retention (don’t expect your cellulite to disappear overnight!) and improve your metabolism. Plus it is a great way to DETOX.

Here are the astonishing “effects” I experience after just one treatment:

Day 1 – A very relaxing treatment, during which I felt my body tingling and literally felt the lymph fluid starting to circulate. A little tired in the evening but generally just relaxed. Increased intake of water. Didn’t want “unhealthy” foods or wine.

Day 2 – A pounding headache. Obviously the toxins that had been released through the movement of my lymph fluid were on the move. I also felt tired and emotional (I cried at Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!!) Continued increased intake of fluid and did not want snack food.

Day 3 – Overrun by sheer fatigue. Do not plan anything strenuous the days after your massage – you just want to sleep. It can hit you any time soon after. Plus a little nauseous.

Day 4 – Not really tired anymore, still hungry for good food and thirsty. Visibly improved complexion.

Day 5 – A miracle. Everything seems easy. Exercise is easy. Concentrating is easy. No sense of fatigue. Like a teenager again without the angst!

Unstoppable Creativity

Day 6 to Day 14 – A fortnight of mad unstoppable creativity and energy. A wrote a book, I made videos and audios, woke early, started exercising properly again, didn’t feel tired.

I am not sure if everyone experiences a flood of creativity, but I am sure it is related to my lymphatic massage. Clearing the toxins out of the body really peps you up, so you are working at 100%.

An amazing experience I would recommend to anyone:

I went for 3 sessions and would say you need at least 2 to ensure it works. You can also help yourself by exercising regularly, even jumping up and down helps!, or trying some DIY drainage techniques.

Keep your engine well serviced. Go for a body MOT and be ready for instant rejuvenation, increased productivity and endless creativity!