Mindful Writing - A Manifesto

First I'd like to say thank you to Diane Balch at Simple Living and Eating for letting me write a guest post on her wonderful site. Please visit and read Wabi Sabi.

Writing is new for me. I was never particularly good at it in school. I was a math person. Grammar is still troublesome for me to this day. So why do I torture myself like this? Well, I read a lot and feel like I run across so many great ideas that I'd like to share with others. This summer a friend (thank you Maya) suggested that I write a blog. At first I said sure - thinking that no one would read it, but it would be fun. As my readership has grown, so has my vision. I now blog with a purpose - to provide ideas for meaningful living.

  I ran across an article on the IDP blog the other day about mindful writing in which other writers stated their reasons for writing. I liked many of them so much that I picked my favorites and created a personal writer's manifesto from them. I'd like to share it with you today.

“Write to grow in love, truthfulness, and compassion.”
“To share and inspire.”
“To explore what as human beings we have to offer.”
“To give birth to places that don’t yet exist.”
“To help people say hello to things.”
“To give a gift back to life, humanity, all life, the universe.”


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9 comments:

  1. As a former English teacher I assure you... your writing is fine, better than a lot of unedited rambling streams of consciousness that I come across.

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  2. I think I keep my blog to "help people say hello to things." I do blue collar work and spend most of my blog talking about the work I do and what it takes and how things go, etc. Turns out, a lot of peopel don't know this stuff and don't know how it goes. And it turns out that I like helping people say hello to new things/ideas that happen every day to the people around them.

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    1. Really enjoyed your blue collar roundup yesterday. Thanks for stopping by.

      Dan

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  3. I have to say I'm surprised that you came into writing only recently--you really have a way of explaining things that is just, well, beautiful.

    Since I've come back to writing, after not doing it for many years, I've found that it has become an absolute need, at times.

    Oh, and I love the guest post. :-)

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  4. Great post about Wabi Sabi, it's a subject that needs to be better defined and you did a great job. I never would have guessed that you have had trouble with grammar.

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    1. Thanks Lois, that's a compliment coming from you. Your writing is fabulous.

      Dan

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  5. This is a great post, but I loved the wabi sabi--it's a concept I always think about--"the beauty of imperfection."

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    1. Thanks for reading Casey. I'm glad you enjoyed the Wabi Sabi article. I subscribed to your blog yesterday, I enjoyed it a lot.

      Dan

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  6. Hey Dan, thanks for checking out the IDP blog! Glad you liked the article and the manifesto. Not sure if you're in NYC but if you are you should come check out the IDP mindful writing classes some time. Happy writing!

    -Emily Herzlin

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