Hi, I'm author/coach Doug Kurtz of Write Life Coaching. This quick Clarity Infusion will quiet your mind and help you write with energy and focus.
"Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own thoughts, unguarded." – Buddha
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This exercise is great for quieting the mind and getting focused for writing. It's also helpful if you waste time and energy transitioning from one thing to the next.

With practice, you’ll start to notice an increase in clarity, calm and intention when you sit down to write. But you have to practice--that's the catch.

 
First, take three deep breaths. Inhale, and imagine your breath entering through the top of your head and stopping at your hips.

Exhale, and imagine it going down through your legs into the ground and wrapping around a root or rock at the center of the earth.

Be sure to do it three times.

 
Okay, {{answer_34126350}}, now you're grounded and ready for C-L-A-R-I-T-Y.

As you'll see in a moment, each 
letter of the word represents an intention that you'll set and envision with an inhale and an exhale. 

 
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Come to a complete stop


Inhale deeply while thinking, “I am coming...” Exhale completely while thinking, “to a complete stop.” See and hear the words in the infinite space behind your closed eyes. Lengthen the statements as necessary to fully occupy the inhale and exhale.

"One conscious breathe in and out is a meditation." – Eckhart Tolle
 
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Let go of the past.

This means anything from the distant or immediate past that’s occupying brain space.  Inhale deeply while thinking, “I am letting...” Exhale completely while thinking, “go of the past.” See the and hear words behind your closed eyes. Lengthen the statements to fully occupy the inhale and exhale.

"If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath." – Amit Ray
 
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Announce your intention. 

Presumably, your intention is to write, but maybe it’s to think or solve a creative problem. Inhale while thinking, “I am announcing...” Exhale while thinking, “my intention to write (or fill in the blank).

"You should not be carried away by the dictation of the mind, but the mind should be carried by your dictation." – A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami
 
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Refine your intention.

Be specific about what you’re going to do. Make sure this refined intention suits the timeframe available; i.e., don’t intend to finish chapter 13 if you only have time to work on part of it.

Inhale, “I intend to..."  Exhale, "finish chapter 13 (or fill in the blank).” 

"The mind in itself can make a heaven of hell or a hell of heaven." – John Milton
 
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Imagine success.

Here it helps to focus on more than just the image and sound of the words in your mind. As you breathe, feel what succeeding at your intention will be like. 

“I am vividly imagining...the success of finishing chapter 13 (or fill in the blank)." 

"Mental problems feed on the attention that you give them. The more you worry about them, the stronger they become. If you ignore them, they lose their power and finally vanish." – Annamalai Swami
 
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Trust in your ability.

If you don’t trust you’ve got the goods, confidence and clarity will be lacking when you sit down to write. So will everything else. 

“I trust in my ability...to successfully write chapter 13 (or fill in the blank).” 

"Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace." – Dalai Lama
 
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Yield fearlessly to the present.

This implies that it’s necessary and okay to see your intention through, right here and now. You have permission to do what must be done, and you don’t have to apologize or worry about it.

“I am yielding fearlessly...to the present moment.” 

"Be here now. Be someplace else later. Is that so complicated?" – David M. Bader
 
Way to go, {{answer_34126350}}!

Now that you’re finished, how do you feel? Most people report immediate results, everything from renewed energy and focus to a sense of connection with something larger than themselves.

To get the most out of this exercise, adapt the clarity statements to your personal needs, then post them in your work space and reap the rewards every time you sit down to write.

I hope you're feeling lucid and productive after the Clarity Infusion! If you found it helpful please share it freely and widely with other writers.

For more writing, creativity and coaching tools, visit www.writelifecoaching.com.
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