Monday, February 1, 2016

Poetry Prompts - Break Open

Photo courtesy of by George Hodan

It has been a great month of poetry here at Poets on the Page, I've enjoyed reading the prompts from the volunteers and poetry from the participants. This week I'm continuing on the theme, Tamara, started last Monday - meditation. Most of you know by now that I use music and dance to connect with my muse and more.

Several years ago I wrote a post on my blog regarding moving meditations, Meditation - A Writer Learning to Meditate. Over the years I've found it difficult to sit down and meditate as it is nearly impossible for me to be still until I discovered how to meditate while moving.

Gabrielle Roth says in her book, Sweat Your Prayers:
"When the mind is empty and receptive, big ideas flow through every cell of our body. When we're thinking too hard, we tense up and nothing can flow through us; our energy gets stuck in our heads. Sometimes you have to take a leap of faith and trust that if you turn off your head, your feet will take you where you need to go."
Dancing and moving in a rhythmic motion is a great way to get out  of your head.

Great inspiration has been found during meditative states while washing dishes, walking, dancing or simply swaying back and forth while sitting or standing. Using moving meditation may help you to break open and find your words spilling onto the page.

Photo courtesy of by Sabine Sauermaul
Poetry Prompt:

Choose which type of movement you would like to experiment meditating with. Choose music for yourself or use the music below. (If you are walking outside, please only use one ear to listen to music as it can be unsafe to walk with both ear pieces in your ears.) Listen to music that you enjoy, whether fast or slow, and move for a minimum of ten minutes, the longer the better but only as long as is comfortable for you - I have moved for as long as an hour but usually for ten to fifteen minutes. You can set an intention for your moving meditation to receive answers to a question or ask the question after you finish moving. Afterwards sit down and write anything and everything that came up for you during your moving meditation. 

Word Prompts:

Expanding Consciousness
Divine Mystery
Flowing Energy

Possible Poetry Type:

Music Prompts:

I tend to enjoy moving to earthy drum music although I have moved to all different types of music. When I want to go really deep, to get out of my head and into a meditative state, earthy drum music takes me there every time. Here are some of my favorites, you can dance to one, several, or move to the whole thing. Remember, only do what is comfortable for you, never keep moving if you are out of breath or in pain.

Morgan Dragonwillow is an author, encourager, and facilitator of magical circles. She is team leader at @StoryDam, #OctPoWriMo and #PoetsonthePage You can find her Playing with Words and dancing on her blog.
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1 comment:

  1. Most of you know by now that I use music and dance to connect with my muse and more.Smith Berry