The Yoga Sutras, a series of teachings that outline the tenets of yoga philosophy, offer various ways of understanding the purpose and power of yoga. The first Sutra translates to “yoga is now” meaning the practice of yoga is the act of arriving now, in the present moment.
Your writing practice is very much the same. The writing you did yesterday won’t move the cursor across the page today, your thinking about your goals for the future won’t finish the sentence on the page today. Writing is only happening as it is happening: right now. The act of writing is proof of being in the now.
The beautiful part of this is that “now” can be any moment you choose. We can always begin again. One of the most challenging (and rewarding) aspects of a writing practice is that it is intrinsically connected to the workings of the mind, the body and the spirit. In order to write, you need to find access to yourself as a witness.
There are many ways to practice watching the mind, to observe how it is moving, what you are thinking. True writing flow occurs when you can sync up with this witnessing, observational part of your mind, and authentic experience and express onto the page what it is that you see.
How do you begin again?