I tried something different this morning. It started out as a simple Fast Flow writing exercise but I ended up feeling like I was refereeing a biffo between my right and left brain inside my cerebral boxing ring.
Fast Flow writing is a great way to get the pen moving on the page. Start with a few deep breathing exercises to clear your mental slate, then start writing. Hand over to your subconscious mind and let words fall out of the pen.
It requires a certain discipline to be so free. That is, to let the words flow with complete disregard for structure, grammar or punctuation for 20 minutes straight, no stopping. At least it does for a self-confessed Sheriff of the Grammar Constabulary.
Grammar, spelling, vocabulary, punctuation and structure are all left brain tasks, and the more you worry about them the more your right brain, your creativity springboard, will be stifled.
It doesn’t matter what you write, or if it’s relevant to anything, its value lies in opening up the mind to access information that is deep within you. A means through which you can be open and spontaneous, liberating and authentic, and out of which you may just find a few gems to carry on with.
It often takes me a couple of false starts (rude interruptions from my left brain) to get going, but once the pen is in free flow it seems like the most natural state of being. I wondered about this right brain left brain conflict so I did a little research and stumbled upon a visual test.
At first the ballerina spun clockwise, then faltered and turned anti-clockwise. Then clockwise. Then anti-clockwise. Then I got dizzy and had to stop. Giving both my right and left brain their time in the sun seems to be my challenge.
Give it a go. Which way does the ballerina spin for you?
Image above by Petty, chrysalis.com.au