When you write with a pen rather than a keyboard, more body systems are involved, and your ability to focus improves dramatically.
Aside from the surprise of receiving notifications, focused pen writing (FPW) has the potential to become a meditation session when you are so engrossed in the present moment that you forget about the world around you. Focused pen writing allows you to appreciate the power of silence.
Writing helps one think critically and pay attention to the present moment. When you write with a pen rather than a keyboard, more body systems are engaged, and your ability to focus improves dramatically.
Writing is a time-consuming process, which makes it preferable to typing. Rough draft come to us all the time, but when you write with a pen, you have to hold on to a thought for a longer period of time than when you are typing it.
This results in a more composed and mature writing process. We are all aware that not every thought is worth pursuing, and handwriting can serve as a preliminary filter for better, worthier ideas.
Writing activates more body systems than typing. Your hand appreciates the structure of each letter of the alphabet when you write a sentence. To write “cat,” draw the half-circle of “c” and recognise its structural differences from “a” and “t.” When you type “cat,” however, all you need from your hand is to perform the monotonous task of pressing the keys “c,” “a,” and “t” on the keyboard. In other words, writing requires more mental and muscular effort than typing.
With these considerations in mind, I began focused pen writing (FPW) activities and would like to encourage others to do the same. During 30-minute FPW sessions, no mobile or internet use is permitted. Aside from the surprise of receiving notifications, FPW has the potential to become a meditation session when you are so engrossed in the present moment that you forget about the rest of the world.
Similarly, FPW allows you to appreciate the power and serenity of silence. The amount of useless conversation we frequently engage in on a daily basis is mind-boggling. Although speaking is faster than writing, it is often a waste of time and thought.
When you are at ease in the company of others, you can benefit from the power of silence during FPW sessions. A different kind of bond is formed where the act of speaking becomes redundant. It is a wonderful sensation to have in life.