Writing can be a spiritual discipline.
It can also not be. And like meditation or prayer it can be graceful and profound or a leaden itching struggle.
But writing is my spiritual discipline.
I used to feel bad that when I read a spiritual text I’d lose my sense of God as soon as I closed the book.
Real contemplatives didn’t need to stare at a page to feel close to God, right? I felt like a fake, inspired only by the words of real masters but having no power or wisdom of my own.
Well eventually I learned that reading this way is a legitimate discipline of prayer – lectio divina.
More importantly I realised it didn’t matter! For goodness sake! If reading spiritual texts helps me feel God’s presence that’s not “cheating”, that’s a blessing!
And now I feel the same discipline emerging in my own writing: a state of focus and tranquil depth that I can access with the right intention.
Because what is writing but accessing and enlarging and elaborating on a thought? Whatever the thought is, writing lets it expand within us.
So when I write about higher things I’m accessing higher thoughts and opening my mind to receive more of whatever I’m writing about.
Writing is therefore a contemplative practice, meditatio in the Western tradition. And with the right intention of accessing always higher and better-feeling thoughts, writing brings me closer to God and fills me with inspiration, love, peace and joy.
Writing is my path.