My writing has not been going well.  Or so it seems.

A friend emailed me some words recently by Jon Kabat-Zinn.  “It helps to keep in mind that good or bad, pleasant or unpleasant, the present moment is the only time any of us are alive.  Therefore it is the only time to learn, grow, see what is really going on, find some degree of balance,…”.

It sounds obvious.

But for someone like me whose mind is always flitting to the past or the future or to the unfolding of my story,when I stop and breathe mindfully and be in the present as he suggests, I realize and remember there is always this point in the writing any of my manuscripts–this feeling of not knowing where I am going or of wondering why am I doing this, if it’s worth the effort, or if anyone will publish it anyway etc., etc., etc.

In following his suggestions I become gentler and less impatient with myself and my writing, where ever it takes me.

As Kabat-Zinn goes on to say, “a gentle love affair with the present moment is important.”  And I will add, with myself.

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