A stream of consciousness writing session. It does a mind-body-soul good.
Here’s how to do it.
Set a time for five minutes or however long you want to write. I suggest a short time. You can always go over and write more from your stream of consciousness. However, if you set a long time – like 30 minutes – you might avoid the activity because it makes you feel overwhelmed. 90% of the job is to get started so make it easy on yourself.
Then, slide up to your keyboard and write.
Here’s my stream of consciousness for today.
So much to do….but why am I writing about all I have to do. Seems silly. Just do it! But that’s not so easy when part of you would rather hold back. Why does this part of you want to hold back on productivity?
Because it’s afraid of something. Let’s speculate on what that might be.
Actually, you can just ask the part of you what it’s afraid will happen if you stop holding back and go for it, getting done everything on your to-do list. I’ll do that now.
The answer: You’ll become powerful. Right? A part of me is afraid to be powerful. This reminds of a passage from The Road Less Travelled, by M. Scott Peck, MD. It has to do with this: When you are powerful, you can hurt people. If a part of you trends toward misanthropy – in other words – part of you hates people – then you’re likely to want to hurt them. So many ways to hurt people!
You must deal with (compassionately) this part of you so that you have more compassion toward people. Then, your power will not only serve you, but others as well. There will be no reason to hold back.
And there we go. Five minutes is up and this stream of consciousness writing session is over. So simple!