Join the Summer Celebration 7-day meditation and writing challenge:
June 10-June 19th (choose which 7 days work best for you)
- A five minute guided meditation (each day sample a different meditation),
- A writing prompt (each day be led by a different prompt by writers such as Rumi, Mary Oliver, Lucille Clifton, T. S. Eliot to get your creative juices flowing); you can use this prompt as a journal writing prompt, a poem prompt, an essay or fiction prompt. It works for any genre
- Ten minutes of supported writing time.
Rather than being just one more thing on your to-do list, this fifteen minute practice can transform your day, your week, your writing practice and your sense of self.
The practice is both a detox and a mental re-set. It clears your mind of the unnecessary garbage that so often takes up our inner space and it allows you to tap into your own deeper creativity
Guided meditations for creative writing allow you to come into calm, get out of your own way, create new creative patterns,
When we take just fifteen minutes for our own emotional maintenance and creative expression, we can be more present with ourselves, more present with our kids, more efficient at work, more understanding with our co-workers and partners.
We feel happier, more in balance and we reclaim our agency and creativity.
And we jumpstart the writing we are meant to be doing.
After just a few minutes of meditation, our writing becomes much more clear, focused and powerful.
Be led by the prompts, by poems, short prose sections, questions, and more.
WHAT TO BRING: Bring yourself and encourage friends to sign up with you. Come with no expectations at all come with a project you’re already working on. If you’re feeling stuck with a longer project, this practice can help you get unstuck–quickly.
WHY MEDITATION AND WRITING TOGETHER: Research shows that when we meditate, we can come into greater insights and sense of centered well-being. When we stop our racing mind, we can more quickly come into our creativity and our authentic voice. When we reset our nervous system, everything works better! I have seen in my own practices and in my students that when we meditate before writing, we can often do much more powerful work much more quickly.
WHY A WRITING PROMPT: We write our best work when we’re inspired by other writing. I’ve chosen some of my favorite texts to inspire you and get your creative juices flowing. Be inspired by writers like Rumi, Mary Oliver, Maxine Hong Kingston, and many more.
I BELIEVE: When we make time and space for our full creativity to come out (with all its messiness and unpredictability), then we can access our true potential to make beautiful and meaningful things, again both individually and as a society. These guided meditations and writing prompts will help you be the person you want to be and will help you access your full voice. Whether you are writing only for yourselves or are making speeches on the Senate floor, your centering and your writing helps you be the change you want to see in the world.
And when we do it in community, it’s even more powerful! Join a tribe of other mindful writers from around the world!
Once you sign up, you’ll also be invited to join a free private facebook group to support your journey through the challenge. I’m very active in this group and can tell you, magical things happen here! This is a place to ask questions, share work, be inspired and connect with other writers!
I’ll see you in the challenge and in the facebook group.
Try it for yourself, for free!
WHO I AM: I’m Nadia Colburn. I have an academic background in literature and creative writing–I have a BA from Harvard and a PhD in English from Columbia University. I’ve published poetry and prose in more than 80 national publications, including Spirituality & Health, American Poetry Review, Boston Globe Magazine, slate, Lion’s Roar and many other places, and my debut poetry collection, The High Shelf, is forthcoming in 2019.
I’m also a serious student of Thich Nhat Hanh, a Kundalini yoga teacher, an activist for peace, equity and the environment, a mother and wife, daughter and friend, and writing teacher and coach. And I’ve done my own fair share of personal healing and growth.
I believe that everyone’s voice and story matters, and I help women (and some men) embrace the full power of their voice for a more just, sustainable world. I have seen that our inner work and our outer work must go hand in hand to get optimal results, and I believe that mindful writing is the path to our greater integration.
I’ve seen how my students’ confidence, creativity and craft have grown, and how they’ve had transformations on and off the page. I’m excited to begin to share this process with you!