NAPT Special Event: ALLOWING EMPTINESS TO FILL THE PAGE – MINDFULNESS & WRITING with Beth Jacobs, PhD
Mindfulness and writing practices have a lot in common. This workshop will give a depth view of mindfulness and the connections between mindfulness and personal writing. We will explore the history and applications of mindfulness, and we will use writing exercises to bring the ideas to life.
We will discuss the original Buddhist ideas that defined mindfulness and use writing to illustrate the difference between perception and thought. We will write with ‘choiceless objects’ of awareness to examine the background of an empty mind, and then we will write with objects that serve to focus consciousness. We will also discuss obstacles to mindfulness and think of writing techniques that use those obstacles themselves to further awareness.
Participants will gain a well-rounded view of mindfulness and learn several writing exercises that train different mindfulness skills.
Beth Jacobs, Ph.D. is a writer, clinical psychologist in private practice and transmitted lay teacher in the Soto Zen Buddhist lineage. She is the author of Long Shadows of Practice: poems, A Buddhist Journal, Writing for Emotional Balance, Paper Sky, and The Original Buddhist Psychology. She facilitates expressive writing groups for children, teenagers, and grandparents.
"NAPT" The National Association for Poetry Therapy
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