Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Writing Prompt: Deep Breaths

Even Union Station, D.C., can be peaceful 
if you look up and take three deep breaths

We encourage our son to take three deep breaths when he's frustrated. The purposeful act of pausing, breathing in and breathing out changes your emotions and sense of being, as mediators know well.

For today's prompt, sit in a quiet, cool and dim space. Move away from the hectic work/work/sunshine/rainstorm excitement of summer and take three deep breaths. Notice where the breaths take you physically, emotionally and creatively.

Set a timer and write for ten minutes. Don’t worry about spelling or writing in complete sentences. Just jot down ideas as them come to you. If you can’t think of anything, write, “I don’t know what to write” until you get bored with that and start to think about something else. 

The prompt might lead you in a different direction and your result might not have anything to do with the five senses or even summer. But that’s the idea – it is a prompt to get you started. 

I'd love to know where you end up, if you'd like to share your thoughts in the Comments section below. 

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