I had a beer with a colleague yesterday, and when I told him about this blog, he asked whether writing practice could inform yoga practice, rather than it always being the other way around.
Today, I have been more "successful" with my writing practice than my yoga practice, and I have a hunch about why.
So, this post ends up being a little bit of an advertisement for a website that I love, Dr. Wicked's Write or Die (http://writeordie.com). You set a timer, for as little time as you have, you start writing into a box on the website, and if you stop, a series of consequences start kicking in--first, a siren sounds, then the screen starts flashing, and finally the cursor starts moving backward, deleting your prose. I know!
What's good for me about Write or Die is that on days I really don't feel like writing or on which I have just teeny weeny bits of time, the program teaches me how much just a little will get me. Today, for example, 20 minutes yielded a messy single-spaced page of a talk that I have avoided writing until just now.
It makes me curious about all that a twenty-minute yoga practice might yield on a busy day. Maybe there's something good to be squeezed out of those precious next five minutes. Maybe they are precious not because they are scarce, but because they contain beautiful possibilities ....
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