WRITING TIP: The most important reason to get writing

Our superficial, discursive mind has all kinds of ideas about who we are, and most of them aren’t our own: We absorbed them unthinkingly from the culture and from those around us. Without some form of contemplative practice, there is really no way for us to know what we truly think or who we truly are. Our minds are just too big a jumble of influences. Author Joan Didion used writing as her method to sort through this jumble, with brilliant results. Says Didion: “Had I been blessed with even limited access to my own mind there would have been no reason to write. I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear.”