The Sustenance of the Psyche

My father told me when I was young that “Thoughts untangle themselves when they cross our lips or pencil tips.” We develop as humans when we discuss ideas with others, or when we wrestle them out on paper. When we are in dialogue – either with others or internally – we learn and grow and broaden our minds and infuse our spirit with the sparks of inspired neurons forging new paths. Our brains need food, like our bodies, and the sustenance of the psyche, that beautiful mystical blending of heart and soul and spirit is the contemplation of ideas.

What is the purpose or intention of my writing? My favorite blogs are perhaps a little pointless. They aren’t necessarily selling anything, although they might have some sponsored links because they do get traffic. The writers are thinking out loud about a variety of topics; whatever pops into their heads from day to day. And I think that is where I fit as well. I may not have a point to my blogging, but I have a lot of thoughts, and musings.

My children are definitely at the base of many of my wonders – or my attempts at parenting them wisely, and learning as I go. Poetry is probably my biggest catalyst. Seeing the world through a poetic lens and interpreting things from the perspective that beauty matters, art matters, creativity and expression matter. Expanding the soul through the work of love and laughter and understanding ourselves better by the day is also something that tends to come into play in much of my writing.

And then there is the writing in general. The putting of thoughts on paper because it is what brings me joy. It is my spiritual practice, the thing that centers me and grounds me and keeps me balanced.

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Perhaps, the true core of why I write, is the desire to have a great mind, one that continues to grow and develop throughout my life, one that is ever evolving, expanding and enriching others if possible. I enjoy the discussion in the comment section when others become involved with the thoughts I write down.

I want my children to ask questions and think big thoughts. They have young, fresh minds. I want them to move beyond the small-mindedness of grade school and junior high, where discussing people is the rule of the day. I would love it if, even at an early age, they develop a desire to have more lofty thoughts, to rise up the ladder toward events and eventually ideas themselves. We have outrageous discussions at dinnertime that get us thinking about all sorts of things. Ben or Bean often lead the charge with some deep philosophical question. These dinner table conversations are often fodder for my own thoughts and become writing prompts.

Sometimes, these meanderings sort themselves into neat packages with a beginning, a middle and a tidy end. Other times, the ideas seem to say, “I’m not going to stop here. I’d like the option to continue churning in the background and turn into something else.” This is what I’ve come to understand as Percolating – ideas playing hopscotch in the grey matter behind my day to day work, sneaking into daydreams and brainstorms and then bursting onto the page of another day. An active mind at play is always a work in progress. It can be a bit of a wild tiger ride, or a walk beside quiet waters. And being able to enjoy our own internal landscape is a great thing.

Either way, I will be back tomorrow to share what is happening here, and I look forward to finding the writings of others across the blogosphere as they dance their thoughts to the page. Cheers and many happy musings.

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6 Comments Add yours

  1. billgncs says:

    When we write or talk out an idea, we bring the verbal part of the brain online, thus adding more grey matter to the issue. That’s why so often when we talk a problem out, we often discover the answer. At least, that’s my opinion.

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    1. Liesl Garner says:

      Exactly! I think some people are more comfortable talking it out, and others are better at writing it out. Having regular dinner conversations is a fun way to flex the spoken part, and daily writing – the written part.

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  2. I love to write and will do probably right up to my death bed. I’m definitely more comfortable with writing as opposed to discussion. With discussions, I tend to be very quiet and deliberate. I’m reflective by nature so it’s not unusual for me to bring up a conversation days later because I’ve had a chance to think it through and process it.

    Those dinner conversations with our children can be so amazing. All those little opportunities to discuss, reflect, and debate are important to our children’s growth and development.

    Thanks for sharing such thoughtful and inspired thoughts.

    Wishing you a lovely weekend.
    xoxo

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    1. Liesl Garner says:

      I love the idea of coming back to a conversation days later after having time to process it. That is what I always think of as Percolating. Ideas that roam around inside of us until they can form a full sentence. And I love that writers have many of these brewing constantly! Thank you.

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      1. You’re so very welcome.

        This post has actually stewed in my brain since I read it. I’m even more aware of how I chew on something mentally before I discuss. We all communicate differently and I guess this is my style. Although I was challenging myself and wondering if my responses and opinions of things are still authentic when I’ve mulled them over for so long. I thought in circles until I realized that yes, indeed they are but I want to steer away from rehearsed thoughts/conversations because then yes, the authenticity could be compromised.

        Such a thought-provoking post. Like I said, I’ve been mulling it over.

        Thanks for sharing (and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop).

        Wishing you a lovely day.
        xoxo

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      2. Liesl Garner says:

        You know what? I think we all process things at different speeds. Some people are really good at speaking off the cuff, and others of us try that and end up not saying what we intended. Sometimes mulling over things before responding is a methodical way of being sure of your words. Words are powerful things. I’d much rather speak them after thinking through them, than shout them out only to wish I could pull them back. We are in a world of instant, and the thinkers, and plotters, and contemplate-rs can feel downright slow by comparison. I’m reading a new book about the value of stillness, and I think it is something we all want, and need, and very few of us know how to get there. Being someone who is comfortable thinking before speaking is a good thing. You have internal stillness and peace. Bravo!

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