There comes a time when you are looking for avenues to stay motivated, even for things you love doing.
To me, I was mentally stung by a phenomenon called ‘writer’s block.’
The word here is ‘zeal,’ and that was missing since the beginning of August. I could not put words and form sentences for extended periods.
What could I have done?
Days became weeks, and weeks stretched to months. I had to do something to get over this ‘hurdle.’
During this struggle, I came across a course called ‘Connect using Mindful Storytelling’ in early November.
Now, here comes the exciting part.
I was hesitant to sign up for the course, and I am not sure why. I looked at the course again after two days. And, this time, I signed up. I was looking forward to the course, to become more aware as to why I write.
Will the course provide me with a solution to get over the wall? I certainly hoped so when I enrolled.
The words ‘mindful’ and ‘storytelling’ had a profound effect on my thinking. I took some time off from my daily chores and had a conversation with myself.
Long story short, I realised – “I was in the process of re-discovering my purpose to write again.”
Alas, last week, I found the ‘mojo.’ In a matter of minutes, words came naturally, and significantly, my voice was being documented.
It resulted in an article.
A few days later, another article and a short story: all this, a day before the course.
“Do I need to attend,” was the question that occurred to me?
I ruled in favour of the course. I sensed I might learn something new, a different perspective, now that I have re-discovered my touch towards writing.
Yesterday, I attended the forum with an open mind. The only sure thing about the course was that I would meet Caitlin Krause and hear her storytelling perspectives.
Let me share what did I take away the most from the course –
“I remember every individual who attended the course. Nine names of the people whom I had not met before.”
And, not just that. I can tell you how they got their names, at least their first names.
Storytelling is not about paying attention alone. It is about making a connection to what’s happening around us.
Each of us was introduced to the others in the room with a personalised etymology game. The origin of our names, not just theoretically, but with a touch of personal element and the flavour of dramatic license.
The result – the names of the participants, are etched in my memory.
There were many other interesting topics we covered in those 150 minutes. I came out of the room with renewed confidence.
I was lost only to re-discover myself.
Photo Credit – Selina Mal Karlsson
3 thoughts on “MINDFUL STORYTELLING”
What were your key take aways?
Embrace your inner power, that has the ability to narrate stories.
Pay attention to your surroundings.
Be curious and inquisitive to know why certain things are the way they are
Be sensitive to your feelings and give them a direction.
I guess I need to visit a workshop to understand what you mean