Why Write?

by Starla J. King on March 2, 2012

Because we find ourselves there.

There on the page, the screen, the little scrap of napkin you grabbed at the coffee shop when a thought hit you and begged to be written.

Susan Wooldridge (in Poem Crazy) suggests we collect words. I suggest we (also) collect thoughts.  Unfiltered, uncensored, unedited thoughts.

Private thoughts.  Thoughts we write just so we can “hear” them as they come out.  Messy thoughts.  Painful thoughts.  Scare the hell out of you thoughts.

“I want” thoughts and “I need” thoughts and questioning questioning questioning thoughts.

Because in that stream of thoughts you expose your heart.

Gurumayi Chidvilasananda says “The heart is the resting place of the mind.” So … when you put your heart on paper, the paper too becomes the resting place of the mind.

Give your mind a rest. Give your thoughts a (private) voice.


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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

tina March 3, 2012 at 9:20 am

Yes, yes, yes. Writing = Self Care. Thank you Starla. For all of it.


Starla J. King March 3, 2012 at 2:27 pm

AMEN, Tina! You are so welcome… and thank you right back to you. XO


Mary March 3, 2012 at 10:19 am

Thanks, I needed that. xo


Starla J. King March 3, 2012 at 2:28 pm

Mary, how’s that writing coming along??


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