Being present in the moment
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@moonshine what do you mean by trying to stop writing? do you mean writing online or writing in terms of journalling / poetry / stories?
As I understand it, being in the moment means to do, whatever you are doing, with all your attention and heart, paying attention to what you are actually doing and to where you actually are. this is not always easy, I tend to switch into "headzone" especially when I have some problems going on resp. issues with other people. I imagine what was or will be in an endless-loop, especially when I'm not doing an acitvity where I need to concentrate. What helps me in this situation is, actually, writing and / or drawing to get my thoughts and feelings sorted out. This helps me to get calmer and be able to stop thinking about an issue all the time.
the first time I really tried to actively be present in the moment was during walking around in my neighbourghood: I actually found out that I really hated the place, it was all too noisy and crowded and dirty - I would never have noticed this if I just had rushed about as usual, head in the clouds.
A good way to train to be in the moment is, I think, for example, drawing from life. Sitting in your garden or your kitchen and draw a flower or your teapot. Never mind the outcome, it's about the process. If you start to draw, you start to look at your environnment differently. You see things you didn't see before. If I am on holiday, instead of looking at things through my camera, I try to just watch, look at every detail, also pay attention to what I smell, hear or feel, and eventually take out my sketchbook and draw something I really like. the rest I try to take in for further inspiration. That's perpaps not for everybody, but you could do the same with writing.
And, if by writing you mean prose or poetry, then: please don't stop. that's a great thing to do. It's therapeutic for you and it's art. We need more of that. And if you need encouragement on that, you could get yourself a copy of "Art Matters", a thin booklet by Neil Gaiman (text) and Chris Riddell (illustration). Personally, I really love it
have a nice day