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Cross-Training to Enhance Your Writing

thL7RMO573Many of my friends are great at pursuing their fitness goals. They walk or run, swim, lift weights, choosing whatever activities appeal to them and help them achieve results. I wish I could say I were better at this. I’m more of a “start off gung-ho followed by a lapse, and then start all over again” sort of person. I know this is better than nothing, but I do so admire those who keep tenaciously to the path.

One of the recommendations of dedicated fitness buffs is to adopt a variety of activities to keep you going. Run four days a week, and lift weights two. Then if running begins to be a drag (or if shin splints or sore knees present a problem) substitute swimming or biking. The idea, of course, is that the objective is fitness. And cross-training—choosing other activities that keep you interested—and which also work different muscles–can help you reach your goal.

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Writing Fosters Insight

“Insight is always complete and perfect in its single instant’s appearance, for it is wholeness, or a power, that can’t be divided.” – Joseph C. Pearce, author of The Bond of Power

When a break through of insight comes it’s as if cataracts are removed from our eyes and the night suddenly widens. Or, maybe what becomes, our hearts widen enough to hold it. Looking back at certain childhood events, we sometimes experience what Eugene Gendlin describes as insight, a “sharp recognition, a tangible shift” in what really happened. Writing teases out those spiraling emotions, and ideas that were not formed become crystallized. The moment of recognition often accompanies maturity. Sometimes time and distance help us see more clearly. Wise words from William Martin in Ancient Advice for the Second Half of Life provide insight: “As we grow in age we grow also in acceptance. We see shades of gray instead of black and white. We become slow to condemn and quick to forgive.” Cracking open those secret places of our heart, we find open spaces of awareness and compassion. And then it happens–the raw materials of our life converge and suddenly, a “sharp recognition” pinches us, and a dark, old responsibility rises.

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