Anna James and Meditation for Writing, Relaxation and Improved Health

Like many of you, I have a full-time job, a family to care for and an everyday life that has me running from the moment I wake up in the morning until I fall into bed each night. As an author, there is nothing worse than carving out a sliver of time to write, then not having the energy or the focus I need to do it. Staring at a blank page can be daunting, especially with an editorial deadline looming.

While the “blank page syndrome” can’t always be avoided, one of the best ways I’ve found to ward off this scenario is meditation. Just fifteen to twenty minutes of down-time each day, spent in a quiet place, clears my mind and helps get the creative juices flowing again.

So what is meditation? Simply stated, it’s a quieting of the mind. It’s putting a stop to the endless stream of jumbled thoughts racing around your brain, even if it’s only for a short time.

Sounds easy right? Maybe for some, but not for me. Random thoughts always seem to intrude and the whole thing seems hopeless at times, but the more I practice, the easier it gets and the benefits are worth the effort.

Meditation can lower your blood pressure, reduce anxiety, and decrease tension-related pain (headaches, ulcers, and muscle and joint problems). You’ll sleep better, have more energy and improve your immune system just to name a few.

It relaxes, renews and rejuvenates the body, mind and spirit. It keeps me focused, enhances creativity and helps me circumvent the “blank page syndrome” every author dreads.

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A secret she must keep… A man she can’t resist. 

He came closer and the heady scent of his cologne invaded her senses, making her lightheaded. She sucked in a deep breath and tried to steady her pounding heart.

Yep, a whole lotta trouble, here.

A smart woman would walk away.

She was a smart woman.

She was.

She didn’t move. Instead, she reached out and stroked his cheek. His soft skin made her fingertips tingle.

His lips parted.

Blood roared through her ears, drowning out reason. Want—no, need—raced through her. Rising up on her tiptoes, she brushed her lips over his.

He pulled back and stared, probably as stunned by her action as she but before she had time to say anything, he crushed her against his strong, muscular body. His mouth moved over hers, devouring its softness.

Wave after wave of pleasure crashed over her. The rational part of her brain begged her to stop this madness. She’d only met the man moments ago. But, oh my, the taste of his mouth and the feel of his hands in her hair and his citrusy scent—

A sudden noise had her jerking away from him. Turning, she found Reed standing in the doorway.

Max uttered a soft curse.

Reed chuckled. “Well, it looks like you two have met so I’ll spare you the introduction.”

About the Author

twitterprofilepic1 Anna James writes heartwarming contemporary stories with strong, confident heroes and heroines who conquer life’s trials and live happily ever after.  She has been writing professionally since 2010, is a member of RWA, CTRWA (Connecticut Romance Writers of America), CORW (Charter Oak Romance Writers) and RWA Contemporary Romance Writers. Publishing credits include two category length novels, five novellas and one short story.

Anna is married to a wonderful husband who spends countless hours picking up the slack around the house so she can pursue her dream of writing, and is the proud mother of five fabulous children.

Although she’s lived in several locations throughout her life she now calls Connecticut home. When not writing, she can be found spending time with family and friends.

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Anna James and Meditation for Writing, Relaxation and Improved Health — 7 Comments

  1. Thanks for telling us about your meditation practice, Anna. We do a little meditation at the beginning and the end of my yoga class, and even though it’s only for a couple of minutes, I can’t keep my brain quiet. So I have a lot of respect for someone who can!

  2. When my MD started his practice, it was his goal to get 100% of his patients to meditate daily. Now, he’ll be happy with 10%. I’ve practiced regularly in the past but not in years. I keep telling myself to get back to it. Myself feels guilty but hasn’t taken it up again. :-(

  3. Hi Anna! Welcome to the Cafe and thank you for sharing the benefits you’ve derived from meditation. I am definitely a believer in its benefits, yet I am not very good at making time for it. I often do the 21-day meditation challenges given by Oprah and Deepak, but I fall off the wagon afterward. Thank you for reminding why it’s worth making the time to meditate each day.

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