A rare thing is happening this morning in my house. I am up, and nobody else is! The baby has gone back to bed… the bigger one is still snoozing. Husband is catching up on some zzzz’s having been up a lot of the night with the baby (I didn’t hear a thing! Promise!). And G’ma and G’pa are cosied up in their cabin. So, after sorting and tidying up the toy bomb in the living room, I turned to Twitter for a quick turn about the planetary room, and happened upon this, the Mindful Writing Challenge January 2013. It sounds deliciously simple, and potentially very rewarding. Here’s the ‘Everso Quick Version’:
- Notice something properly every day during January.
- Write it down.
The results of your mindful creative labours are called ‘small stones’, “a short piece of writing that precisely captures a fully-engaged moment”. Fiona and Kaspa, the originators of this idea, provide a great deal more information, guidance and advice on their blogsite, Writing Our Way Home. Or, you can just run with the Everso Quick version…
Your skin, ice-cream sticky. Deliciously plump. One fat fist clutches raisins, the other, cheese, sweaty, and a soggy cracker. There’s a rainstorm and it’s lunchtime in the car with baby.
I’m not sure if I’ve entirely got the idea yet, but that’s a small stone that popped up yesterday before I knew about this project, and now I have the perfect excuse and reason to write it down!
Anyway…. the ‘rare thing’ is coming to an end. Mum’s up. I can hear the little ones stirring. But, thank you, family, for giving me this little bit of time this morning. The toys are tidied, I’ve written a small stone, and I’ve shared the idea with you. I think I’ve used my time well!
You can follow Satyavani Fiona Robyn on Twitter @fiona_robyn, or read her blog at Writing Our Way Home.