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21 Day Writing Meditation

Welcome to my 21 Day Writing Meditation Course!

To date, close to 3,000 students have taken my course. You can view a handful of their testimonials below. There's no better time than now to deepen your attention and create a space for yourself.


Writing meditation is a powerful way to bring the active mind in closer alignment with the mind of meditation. This course will help you develop tools and insights to overcome habitual mind states, self-sabotaging thoughts, and behaviors. After about only one week you'll feel yourself opening up to others and to your creativity and imagination.

For each lesson, you'll be introduced to one concept or theme that allows you to confront any doubts or judgments about yourself, and to overcome obstacles to happiness and self-awareness. You'll be amazed at how a daily writing meditation practice helps you to know and trust yourself more and become more compassionate toward others.

Through clinical research, James Pennebaker, author of Opening Up: The Healing Power of Expressing Emotions, discovered that writing makes people happier, healthier and less anxious.

All you need for this course is a quiet space, a notebook, and a pen. And, of course, a chunk of time to do the exercises. Some exercises only take a few minutes whereas others are longer. 

Dip into the course when you can, schedule time in advance, and focus on what you can accomplish at that moment. 



I feel like I just took a deep dive into a cool, peaceful river and came out refreshed and centered in the zone. So good! 

Nadine Prada


Once I sat in that feeling and journaled about it, I started feeling a bit more energized. Like I was releasing. Which I love doing. Getting rid of what does not belong to me as well as old belief systems that I have been holding on to. Thank you, Lissa, for giving us the safe space and the opportunity to share.

Sylvie Stevenson


While doing the #3 "homework"...listening to the external led to hearing my own - inner voice which inspired me to write more. Thank you.

David Utchel


Today, on day fifteen, one quote stood out for me specifically: "My writing meditation is a prayer to my true self, also uniting me with all living beings." It made me think of other meditative "truths". How we all carry the light within us. That the answer is always within us. We just need to listen, to allow the channels to open! Whenever I feel stuck, or at a loss for what to do with a character or scenario, perhaps I will think of this quote and my thoughts surrounding it, allowing my creativity to speak for itself. Now, I feel like I can go back to my novel with clear, and less judging, eyes. 

Alexa Bergstrom


I'm shocked at how easy the writing is; it just flows and I find myself not even really "aware". Loving this.

Dee Cooper


I am on lesson 9 and really taking the class at a slow pace. This lesson really opened my heart and calmed my soul. My favorite so far! I am going to start doing this meditation in the morning, such a great way to start a day. 

Melissa O'Dell


Day 20- What an energizing, mind-opening ride this course has been. Today's post included these words for thought: "Each time we pick up a pen or turn on the computer, we grow into deeper alignment with what is and with what longs to express itself through us." That's all about living in the present moment: aligning with what is and expressing yourself now. Thank you for helping me start this new meditation/writing practice. I intend to do it every morning.

Bob Zaslow


I wrote some great things after this first session. 

Jade Cleveland


I like the idea of letting the first thoughts carry you as far as they do naturally, and then stopping there. 

Katie Gates


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Develop tools and insights for overcoming mind habits.
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Be aware of self-sabotaging thoughts and behaviors.
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Confront any doubts or judgements about yourself.
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Notice how the mind voices eventually fade into the background.
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Trust yourself more and become more compassionate.
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Imagine yourself opening up to others and to your imagination.
Let's imagine shall we...
You bring more creativity into each day and see aspects of your life blossoming.
Even when the negative voices come in, you know how to deal with them in a healthy way.
You see the difficulties others face as you practice all forms of compassion.
let flow happen
Write freely without worrying so much about the final result. This practice will help the more structured writing you wish to do down the road.
listen to your wise voice
Through consistent writing, you'll learn to connect more deeply to the wise voice inside you. You'll find it easier to go down your true path.
practice makes practice
The combination of meditation and writing exercises gives you a life-long foundation for a daily writing and meditation practice.


Will the 21 Day Writing Meditation help me with my writing?

You betcha. Writing consistently over a period of time will get you into the habit of writing and will help improve your writing and voice as a result.

Will this course help with my negative self talk?

Yes. Throughout the course, there are meditations and writing lessons to help you deal with the mind voices. In fact, Lesson 4 deals specifically with this very topic.

What does a typical lesson look like?

Each lesson introduces you to an aspect of writing and meditation that will allow you to go deeper into the process and be enriched by it. These lessons stand alone, yet taken together, they present a clear path to developing a consistent writing-meditation practice.

The first two weeks (or 14 lessons) of the 21 Day Writing Meditation Course include a meditation followed by a writing exercise, while the final week (or seven lessons) integrates the two practices as you begin to discover how both can enliven and enrich the other.

Will this course help me with my writing?

While this course doesn't address structure, plot, character or voice as in a standard writing course, it will help you deepen your awareness of how the senses play a role in writing. To be a writer is to be aware of your surroundings and of what it means to be human. This course isn't a writing course per se, but rather a course to connect you more deeply to the experience of being in the world. An important lesson for any writer! Also, if you do this course every day in conjunction with the meditations, it will help you form a daily habit of writing. This is an important skill to learn for completing writing projects.

What do I get with the 21 Day Writing Meditation Course?
  • 21 guided audio meditations
  • 21 writing lessons
  • 21 homework assignments
  • DailyOM discussion forum to share with myself and other students
What's the cost for this course?

This course is available on the DailyOM and the fee is on a sliding scale. 


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About Lissa

I’m the Word Crafter, Meditator and Creator of the 21 Day Writing Meditation, an online course that's available through DailyOM. The course can help you be more present and engaged with your life.

This course will help you develop tools and insights for overcoming habitual mind states, self-sabotaging thoughts and behaviors. After about only one week you will feel yourself opening up to others and to your creativity and imagination.

There are plenty of writers who want to write but they don't make time for themselves, or they end up on Facebook for too long instead of following their passion.

Through this course, I teach you how to develop a mindful writing practice—and to enjoy the process. 


I enjoyed not letting myself cross a word out or stop to think, I just kept my pen on the paper in continuous motion until I was done. It's interesting where my writing began and ended up. 

Sam Sherman