To show that he is 100% behind my quest to become a writer, my supportive new hubby acquired a copy of On Writing Well by William Zinsser. Awww.
I’m less than 10% of the way through, but have already come across some advice that makes me think writing and yoga are good combinations. Zinsser explains that the answer to achieving a Thoreauvian freedom from clutter is:
… to clear our heads of clutter. Clear thinking becomes clear writing; one can’t exist without the other.
Simple. If I want to be a clear writer, I need to be a clear thinker.
While I’m usually not-too-shabby at academic pursuits, I’m frequently anxious. This causes many unhelpful thoughts to bump around my noggin.
So what can I do to achieve the mental clarity required to write beautiful prose?
The usual suspects are eating well, getting enough sleep, keeping my mind active, and exercising. The only problem is that I usually try to do those things anyway (albeit with varying degrees of success). I need something more to shush the buzzing in my brain.
Yoga for Clear Thinking gives the following reasons why the practice is effective for achieving a clear state of mind:
- Yoga can have a positive impact on the mind in a way quite different from that of regular forms of exercise
- You don’t have to make an effort to quieten your mind when practising yoga
- When your mind is happy and clear, your breath is long and easy (and presumably vice-versa)
It seems there is another reason to make the most of living in the back-bending capital of the US. I wonder if my studio fees will be tax deductible?…