LIVING AT THE INTERSECTION OF DEPER WRITING & ZEN

I’M INTO WRITING DEEPLY, ZEN, AND MINIMALISM

Hi there, I’m Barry, ‘Baz’ to my friends.This page will tell you about who I am what I care most about (other than my kids and grandkids).

WRITING

I’m first and foremost a writer. And as a writer, there are few more frustrating issues than being unable to focus on a new creative project or feeling disconnected from the one you’re working on. 

As a practicing Zen-ish guy, author, and writing coach- I’ve found that when there is a deep connection between your spiritual and writing practices, these issues are more easily resolved.

I call the deep connection between writing and spiritual practice, The Zen of Deeper Writing. In my way of thinking, spiritual practices can include meditation, prayer, devotional time, chanting, and body practices like yoga, running, and weight training.

TO WRITE DEEPLY YOU MUST IMMERSE YOURSELF IN A SPIRITUAL/BODY PRACTICE

To go deeper in one’s journey as a writer, I’m convinced that when you engage in a regular spiritual and/or body practice, writing passionately about the things that matter most to you comes easier and more naturally.

ZEN PRACTICE AND FITNESS

I recently experienced what’s called a satori in Zen circles. Satori is like a mini-enlightenment; a moment when suddenly everything makes perfect sense and you’re able to instantly shift to a new place of existence. This satori was about my obesity. In a rather beautiful moment, I instantly shifted to a mindset of physical self-care and fitness awareness. I joined a gym and with the help us a few trusted fitness vets, I embarked on a fitness training program that would shock most everyone who’s ever known me.

Each weekday morning at 5:30 a.m. I visit my local gym and workout for about 90 minutes. I usually do about 30-60 minutes of cardio on the treadmill followed by my daily strength training circuits (M-arms, T-legs, W-chest, Th-back, and F-shoulders).  I consider my gym workouts to be a spiritual practice just like my meditation practice, except it occurs while I’m physically active.

In fact, between lifting sets, I sit on a bench and center myself by focusing on my breath for about 90 seconds. I do the same thing while on the treadmill. At first, people looked at me kind of weird, but now I’m more or less invisible to them now – my workouts are definitely a form of spiritual practice.

Other examples of body/spiritual practices include yoga, walking meditation, running, walking, hiking, even rock climbing. What qualifies these as spiritual practices is that during each activity is usuals a solo endeavor, plus you can be totally immersed in the practice just like in meditation. You can focus on your breath and just observe what comes into your mind as you pursue your goal.

MINIMALISM

I don’t own many things. I have more than 100 things and sometimes that doesn’t sit well with me. But minimalism isn’t all about having a certain number of things -unless you’re Ev Bogue and then it definitely does.  

In my view, minimalist living is owning only that which brings you joy and isn’t redundant. My minimalist goal is to one day get to where all my belongings fit in one bag, preferably the bag pictured on this page.

ABOUT THE SITE

  • On the About page.
  • On the Riffs & Rants page, you’ll find articles that talk about my spiritual practices, Practical Buddhist teachings that apply to writers and artists, as well as articles about writing deeply and lifestyle topics that interest me.
  • On the Consulting page, you’ll find my consulting services and experience.
  • Learn about writer’s overwhelm on this page.

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