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Mindfulness & Gratitude as Portals to Writing with Ease

Researcher Shalini Bahl, PhD is both a writer and an expert in mindfulness. The other day, she shared with me how practicing mindfulness, and gratitude in particular, helps her get unstuck when she writes.

Mindfulness expert Shalini Bahl PhD
Mindfulness Expert, Shalin Bahl, PhD

It makes sense to me. I know that when I’m in a negative state, feeling grateful helps me shift into a higher and happier state. Research shows, too, that mindfulness relaxes us and relaxation supports creative flow.

In our video interview, Dr. Bahl shares how our natural negativity bias creates resistance, which can be a normal response to the task of writing. Dr. Bahl turns that around by disrupting the negativity bias with a simple gratitude practice. She takes us through the exact steps she uses to shift from a negative mental and emotional state to a state of writing flow and ease.

These steps employ mindfulness and gratitude.

Lest you think mindfulness is complicated, this video will show you how easy it is to shift from writing resistance to writing with ease with gratitude.

Mindfulness Expert Shalini Bahl, PhD shares how to overcome resistance to writing

Share any questions or comments on your own experience with writing, resistance and flow.

Lisa Tener

Lisa Tener is an award-winning book writing coach who assists writers in all aspects of the writing process—from writing a book proposal and getting published to finding one’s creative voice. Her clients have appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CBS Early Show, The Montel Williams Show, CNN, Fox News, New Morning and much more. They blog on sites like The Huffington Post, Psychology Today and WebMD.

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