This morning I got up early and made my way to Whaley Bridge, where I have been working all afternoon on launching the brand new website!
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As we (Heather, Charles and I) worked away at going over any glitches and revisiting past content from our old site, I found this weekly challenge that I wrote a few years ago. It remains relevant to me today. Often I find myself ruminating over and over the same problem, trying to find the right words, the right solution. I seem to regularly forget that the minute I jump off of it, is the moment that I land.
So, in accordance with Charles Dickens…
This week’s Mindfulness Challenge is to ‘Get Lost’.
I once read an article that stated that Charles Dickens used to walk up to 20 miles in one night just to ease his mind and relax the grasping and striving that can come with writing. He would become the observer and act as a witness to the thought processes of his mind. With this came great freedom from his thoughts and indeed, creative inspiration for his craft.
Anne Kreamer from Wired magazine writes:
“In a recent essay, Verlyn Klinkenborg connected Charles Dickens’s extraordinary creative output to his nightly walking. “He is lost in a kind of mental ventriloquism,” he wrote, “calling up his emotions and studying them. Every night he walked a dozen miles, without which, he said, ‘I should just explode and perish.’ Under the pseudonym Boz, Dickens wrote, ‘There is nothing we enjoy more than a little amateur vagrancy, walking through London as though ‘the whole were an unknown region to our wandering mind.’” Wired Magazine http://www.wired.com/2012/03/opinion_creativitydickensjobs/.
Dickens often referred to his nighttime walks as a means to ‘getting lost’. This week, our Mindfulness Challenge is to ‘get lost’. Throw away expectation, throw away any attachment to outcome or destination. Take a long walk and be the observer. Where do our minds go? Where do our minds wander to as our body explores the roads of our environment? What sort of emotions are evoked during our walking?? How do they feel in the body?
What happens when we ‘get lost’??