Example: Writing from the Body Class Activities, or, how to enter the process, according to me….
Intro self..reference FreeStreet and other influencers…
Encourage the notion of resistance to contempt prior to investigation. You get what you give in this process.
Discussion of the authentic action of the mind- impulses, both followed and resisted.
They are all writers, this is not about teaching how to write, and it’s about finding a different access to writing.
- Hypnotise with slow meditative prompts to transition from simple everyday breathing to conscious breathing; imagining the stomach visibly rising and falling with each breath.
-Heart rate-accelerations with push ups or downward facing dog, then write.
-8 count standing to falling, then write.
-(all writing with no “I” or “me”- encourages impressionistic writing as opposed to diaristic).
-write the duration of a breath, noticing how it changes as they breathe faster when they get moving
-Stand in front, each one at a time, for one minute on the timer, then repeat with breath. Write after sitting down. Discussion of what one has to fall back on, the discomfort of being looked at, what strategies on employs to get through it. How focusing on the breath makes the minute go faster, discussion of “performance time” distortion of perception of time, can use breath as a unit of measurement.
-Bomb and Shield
Discussion Topics: what is flow, how to pay attention, the equation attention leads to focus leads to concentration leads to being in the moment, which is awareness. Stress the notion of practice generally, learning how to do something means you don’t have to be perfect at it. Introduce the idea that the transition from body to writing should be as short as possible, directly bringing whatever body energy into writing energy.
-Using the image of filling a glass with water from the bottom to the middle to the top, emptying from the top to the middle to the bottom…
-Write length of breath again
-Introduce the notion of an impulse in the body. They imagine a place between their eyes, touch it with their finger, then imagine a string pulling out of that place, stretching into infinity, and pulling them. They can follow that impulse or resist it. Build from one point to two to infinite points on the body with impulses stretching out of them being followed or resisted.
-Physical writing- pick a noun and write that, not from the point of view of it but write dog, or chair.
-Stream of consciousness-word association round circle, creating group flow.
-Stream individual speaking into writing- create the momentum of the individual stream from speaking aloud into writing.
Free association is group stream of consciousness.
Derangement and stream of consciousness- if derange senses how does the stream change?
1. To disturb the order or arrangement of.
2. To upset the normal condition or functioning of.
3. To disturb mentally; make insane.
Appolianaire, rimbaud, artaud, Mallarme, beats
Release and flow, expansion and contraction, continue to stress that the entire point of the practice is to return to focus when your attention wanders.