Poetry and Mindfulness

Yesterday, I went to the Berkeley Poetry Festival.  Several writers performed their pieces in front of an audience in an auditorium at Berkeley City College.  In graduate school, I studied Creative Writing with a concentration in poetry, though I have let my poetry writing slide a bit lately.  I have been doing a great deal of journalistic writing – which I love – but yesterday reminded me of the importance of having an artistic outlet in my life, as well.

Poetry has always felt to me like an almost direct expression of consciousness.  Like consciousness itself in written form.  It doesn’t have to have a narrative – it doesn’t even have to be “about” anything, per se.  Poetry, much like painting, has the capacity to capture one moment of thought or feeling.  Thought some poems are narrative, poetry is, in my opinion, is more about emotion than story.

For these reasons, poetry is my favorite mode of artistic expression.  I have often found that, when writing poetry, I experience a mindset similar to that of meditation. Particularly when I write stream-of-consciousness style poems, in which I simply allow the words to come without analyzing what I’m writing.

Most forms of creative expression require the artist to deeply experience and be sensitive to his or her emotional and mental states.  As such, creative endeavors are excellent tools in helping us to achieve a higher degree of awareness and mindfulness.


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Val M.
Val M.2 years ago


JL A.2 years ago

wonderful awareness

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W.2 years ago

very interesting, thank you

Camilla Vaga
Camilla Vaga2 years ago


Chrissie H
Chrissie H.2 years ago

Smiling is infectious you catch it like the flu When someone smiled at me today I started smiling too,I passed around the corner and someone saw my grin,When he smiled I realised I'd passed it on to him, I thought about that smile,then I realised it's worth,a single smile just like mine could travel round the earth, So if you feel a smile begin don't leave it undetected Let's start an epidemic quick and get the world infected ! Not highbrow, but nice sentiment from a friend.

Tim C.
Tim C.2 years ago


Patricia H.
Patricia H.3 years ago

thanks for sharing

devon leonard
Devon Leonard3 years ago

We can all benefit from creating or doing things that help us to arrive at a higher state of awareness and mindfulness..... powerful inner insight and inspiration can bubble up from deep within...... Adventures in consciousness are always amazing.....

Debbie L.
Debbie Lim3 years ago


Barbara S.

I have written in rhyme and prose since I was a 2nd grader. It's a great way to express your feelings.