Win NaNoWriMo Part 4 of 4: Start with A Ritual
Writing eight pages each and every day for a month is special, extraordinary and will be helped by some spiritual preparation.
Years ago, a woman told me that rituals are important in our lives. An act as simple as making the bed every morning can performed as a ritual. They’re great ways to prepare for projects.
Years ago, I also learned that there are two types of people. Human beings and human doings. My thought is that human beings are savoring and aware of their lives. Human doings – as I often tend to be, especially during National Novel Writing Month – are filled with hydra-like To-Do lists. Every time one task is finished, two more take its place.
What are rituals? How can they help?
In “The Value of Ritual in Your Workday” in the Harvard Business Review, Peter Bregman wrote, “Rituals are about paying attention. They’re about stopping for a moment and noticing what you’re about to do, what you’ve just done, or both. They’re about making the most of a particular moment.”
Bregman adds, “Each time we pause, notice, and offer respect for an activity, it reminds us to appreciate and focus on what we’re about to do. And by elevating each activity, we’ll take it more seriously. We’ll get more pleasure from it.”
Pause. Relax the body. Focus the mind. Write On!
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