Far more than praying on my knees in my childhood and youth, writing has demanded of me honesty, courage, listening, and waiting. Putting pen to paper has become my most essential spiritual practice, my most effective prayer.
That is not to say writing is my only prayer, or that all of my writing is prayer. But more and more, the two acts have merged.
I reach writing through an act of waiting and listening: I make false starts; I get in my own way; I try again. Putting words into paper -- when it is done as an honest act of search or connection rather than as an act of manipulation, performance, self-aggrandizemement or self-protection -- is a holy act.
The desired communication may be with the self, with a known or unknown reader, or with something or someone beyond the self in the realm of what we might call "the spiritual". Or with all three.
How The Light Gets In: Writing as a Spiritual Practice
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