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Buddhist Writing Prompt: Practice with your Whole Being

Practice with your whole being is about applying the practice of mind training to your whole being, not just your mind. The original lojong slogan is: Keep the three inseparable, which means seeing the body, speech, and mind as united.

The body refers to how you act and what you do. Speech isn’t just what you say, but also refers to your emotions, so it’s the whole range of how you express yourself. Finally, mind is the obvious part – how you think.

When you practice meditation it doesn’t just affect your thinking. It will also feed into every other part of your life. When you feel calmer and more focused, your actions tend to come from a more considered place.

When you practice with your whole being it means you act, speak and think with compassion and wisdom. This slogan reminds you to apply your mind training practice to your whole life and not just to what goes on inside your head. Mind training and meditation are also about what you do when you get off the meditation cushion and interact with the rest of the world.

And it all starts with the way you think. As you think, so you become.

Apply this slogan to your writing practice by seeing writing as an action that comes from your whole being, not just your mind. Writing well comes from your whole being.

The body is always present in the now, it has no concept of time. It’s your mind that creates the feeling of time passing, always rushing ahead into the future. This causes your thoughts to race to keep up and you start to feel stressed and scattered. You can’t write when you feel like this.

When you’re out of touch with your body, you’ll also be out of touch with your feelings and the deeper needs of your soul because they communicate through the body more than the mind. When you’re grounded in your body through the breath, your thinking is clearer and more focused.

So this slogan encourages you to write with your whole being. Before you begin to write, take a moment to focus on your body by taking deep calming breaths. From this rooted place you’ll be able to hear the still small voice of your intuition more clearly and tap into the guidance of your true Self. You may find that your writing flows more easily when you do this because it brings you into the present moment.

As you are, so you write.

Your writing prompt this weekend: Get your slogan journal and spend five minutes taking deep calming breaths. Close your eyes if you like. Don’t think. When you’re ready, pick up the pen and write. Again, don’t think – just write and see what happens.

More in the book: Free Your Pen: Mind Training for Writers

2 thoughts on “Buddhist Writing Prompt: Practice with your Whole Being

  1. Hey, I already do stuff with my whole being. I don’t even know how to use half my being. But it’s not as exhausting as it sounds. Being an adherent of anatta, my whole being doesn’t amount to a hill of beans.

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