I’m an author, writing coach, and certified meditation instructor. I mostly blog about the intersection of mindfulness, meditation, and writing. I dig into how we can use the tools of meditation and mindfulness to enhance our creative process, navigate the shitstorm crazy that is publishing, and live our lives as artists from a creative and soulful place. I also talk craft because I’m a nerd like that. After decades of spiritual searching, I finally sat my ass on a cushion and started meditating, even though I was pretty sure I couldn’t do it. I’d been living in a creative wasteland, exhausted by my rigorous publishing schedule and disappointed with what the real life of a full-time author is like. The stress of trying to get my books noticed once they were on the shelves, the sudden importance of maintaining a public persona through social media, and the pressure to produce more in order to keep food on the table decimated me: I felt invisible and alone–and really ungrateful, because I knew how blessed I was to have my work published in the first place. I was at an all-time low and medication wasn’t helping.
Enter meditation. I don’t know, friends, all I can say is that this practice saved me. It brought me home to myself. I quickly began to see the connections between my creative life and what was happening on the cushion. I can think of no better practice for a writer than mindfulness and meditation. From how it can increase flow to the ways in which it allows for more expansiveness within you, to all the tools it gives you to withstand the struggles of the creative life, meditation and mindful living is, well, the shit.
I love the writers I work with and want, more than anything, to see them inspired, fulfilled, and awake to this one wild and precious life they’ve got. I want to see you have these things, too. So welcome. Take a seat. Stay awhile. If you’re just getting started on the blog, I recommend checking out my post Can Meditation and Mindfulness Help Your Creativity? It’s a good intro to what being a mindful writer might look like for you.
Breathe. Write. Repeat.
The official, somewhat fancy bio:
Heather Demetrios is a certified meditation teacher and the critically acclaimed author of six young adult novels. When she isn’t spending time in imaginary places, you’ll find her traipsing around the world with her husband in her newest creative life hack: a grand international housesitting experiment (Insta: @sitsahoy). Heather has an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is a recipient of the PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award for her debut novel, Something Real. Her novels include I’ll Meet You There, Bad Romance, as well as the Dark Caravan fantasy series: Exquisite Captive, Blood Passage, and Freedom’s Slave. She is also the editor of the forthcoming anthology, Dear Heartbreak: YA Authors and Teens on the Dark Side of Love and the author of Code Name Badass, an upcoming feminist pop biography of WWII lady spy, Virginia Hall. New fantasy, contemporary, and historical novels are also forthcoming from Macmillan. Her honors include books that have been named Bank Street Best Children’s Books, a YALSA Best Fiction For Young Adults selection, a Goodreads Choice Nominee, a Kirkus Best Book, and a Barnes and Noble Best Book. Her work has also appeared in The Los Angeles Review of Books, Bustle, and other fine sources. She writes a weekly post on mindfulness for writers for Vermont College of Fine Arts, which you can also find on her blog, Mindfulness for Writers. Find out more about Heather and her books at www.heatherdemetrios.com.