Sometimes I sit in front of my computer ready to write the daily Pew, an article, or the next page of my latest book, and I find myself staring at a blank page unable to write something down. My mind begins to race trying to find the right beginning, to no avail. I ask myself what is wrong, but truth be told the answer is nothing. In fact, that blank piece of paper is as telling as ten thousand words of manuscript.
I was taught during my instruction on centering prayer and meditation that to clear one’s mind was the ultimate goal of meditation. The blank piece of paper or the clear mind is God’s tablet. If we can totally rid our subconscious of all the mosquitoes in the room, we offer God the opportunity to be heard. It isn’t easy, people meditate their whole lives without reaching the ability to totally shut out noise, but it is worth the effort.
I have learned that a blank piece of paper (or computer screen) is also an opportunity, not an object of frustration. One simply has to take up the pen or strike the keyboard.