A River of Stones January 2012 – a mindful writing challenge

Last January I took part in ‘a River of Stones’ (aros) and I posted my ‘stones’ here on the blog and on Twitter. And this January, I’ll be taking part again. It’s actually my intention to do an ‘independent’ advent series from Dec 1st – not as part of the official river – but borrowing the concept.

You can find out all about the aros project at http://www.writingourwayhome.com/p/river-jan-12.html  Here’s what  Fiona Robyn, a founding partner, at the ‘writing our way home’ website said on Facebook when launching this year’s river.

‘Pay more attention and fall in love with the world. Join our mindful writing challenge, ‘a river of stones’, in January ’12. Here’s how: 1. Notice something properly every day during January. 2. Write it down. Easy peasy! Will you join us? … You’ll create a ‘small stone’ every day when you pay proper attention to something (a cloudy sky, or your cat leaping lightly across the lawn) and then write it down as accurately as you can. Writing small stones will help you to engage with the world around you – to enjoy every sip of your black coffee, to savour the scent of lemon wafting around your kitchen, to appreciate the grungy sliminess of your compost pile. You can post your small stones on a blog or Twitter, or keep them in a notebook. It doesn’t matter. The important thing is to keep your eyes, nose, ears, mouth, mind and fingers open. Who knows what you’ll find… Get your funky blog badge and find out all about the challenge here: http://www.writingourwayhome.com/p/river-jan-12.html Do invite your friends – the more the merrier. Last year we had 350 people take part from around the world. This year we’d love the river to be MUCH wider….’
You don’t have to be writer to take part and you don’t even have to publish your stones anywhere –  apart from in your own notebook. I look forward to seeing some of you down by the riverside…