The physicality of writing

They say (at least I believe I heard it somewhere) writing & editing is not a contact sport.

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I would beg to differ.

Since the intense and productive writing & editing retreat a week ago my mind has been churning with possibility and more.

And the energy that was being generated through this processing needed, a pathway for discovery yes, but also a reconnection.

Much of what we think and feel manifests physically within our own physical bodies.

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And as much as I intended to focus on the thought processes of the writing journey … my body was telling me in no uncertain terms that my physicality required attention as well.

So yes … I am consistent in my physical training, and being a major ‘I’ (introvert in MBTI terminology) I tend to train in seclusion (even within a bustling fitness facility). Cardio training, weight training, cross training, HIIT, agility work, core all tend to be sole propositions while my BJJ and MMA work (when actively participating in) tends to be one on one.

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But this was different.

Living in my head so much with writing the book, blogs, research papers, poetry, and more … my body was begging for true reconnection to the rest of me … and to do so in a community and on a team.

An opportunity to move the writing and editing forward by reconnecting with my physical self as my mind rests was birthed.


Yesterday I listened to my body.

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Yesterday I reconnected with my self in a deeper and different way.

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Yesterday I wrote and edited by engaging in sport.

Yesterday this ‘I’ engaged on teams and in play.

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And yesterday my book took three steps forward.

Today I have the breaks, bumps and bruises.

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Today it is difficult to physically type this post.

Today I will be seeing my chiropractor and connecting with my body in another different way.

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And tomorrow … the next phase of the writing journey continues … this time with mind and body in unity and at peace.

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NEXT: The writing evolution…



  1. Nice! Well, as some persons have said “rub a bit of dirt on it” and continue this great journey! Seriously, enjoyed post by my #2! Dad

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