Why I love writing Poetry by Chris Murray
For much of my life I have been a worrier, have suffered with depression, and at worst, felt trapped inside my own, negative, thought patterns.
However, through spiritual support, counselling, an understanding doctor, medication, and a wonderful wife and family, life is much happier these days.
Writing poetry also helps me a lot. When depressed, I found putting down on paper how I felt was very therapeutic.
One of my greatest inspirations is the natural world. I love to be outside, in all seasons, walking, or standing still, listening, looking, noticing the play of light on flowers, foliage and water, thrilling at birdsong, being amused by squirrels’ antics, exhilarated by the wind, or feeling raindrops on my face.
All these things help me to be ‘in the moment,’ or mindful, and are a good antidote to worrying about past, present, or future. I find this practice truly uplifting.
Then I will try to find words to describe, in an imaginative way, what I have seen and how I have felt. It may just be one particular thing that has stirred my creative juices!.
Then, in a notebook I have with me, or when I get home, I’ll write my thoughts down, and work on what I have written until I am reasonably happy with the end product.
Why don’t you have a go!