Blogging as a Spiritual Practice
Until several years ago one only had the handwritten journal to pen their thought in secrecy. Since 2007 I have been blogging, one small thought at a time all the while enjoying the full experience of creative flow. Not one to "worry" over whether or not I am officially published, I blog for self-realization and reflection. If someone else finds the read a worthy one, that is just the frosting on the cake. Life happens in the daily moments and to overly worry about a future that may not even happen seems a waste of the present moment.
Soon after I began my journey into "blog-dom" I found that the practice became a higher experience, a more spiritual path along life's road. Bringing your heart and soul to any writing takes time and patience, and opens you up to scrutiny. As a creative writing student I find that most of my peers do not "get it". They spend copious amounts of time critiquing style, word choice and what works for them. Instead of allowing themselves the freedom to create, they stifle their process by being overly concerned about their wording. To write blogs is to allow yourself the freedom to create with your own agenda, not one that has been forced upon you by a professor who will always find something wrong with your work.
Writing for me becomes a zen moment. In the reflection and the tapping of keys I align myself with the inner reality of my own thoughts and truths. Unaffected by the way things "should look" I express myself and my thoughts in alignment with my own higher power. In other words, I turn it over to God, or divine source from whence all inspiration can flow.
Writers block is really your higher self and your mind arguing with yourself! It is interrupting the free flow of ideas you wish to share and asking you to monitor your thoughts more carefully. Or at least this is what I see. Many people cannot even get started, because they are so busy playing tug of war with their thoughts. One must enter the state of non-attachment in order to allow the words to come spilling forth, and from there one can most assuredly edit anything afterwards!
I have spent much of my lifetime reading all manner of books. This has been my best source of inspiration and taught me how to word things in such a way as to express myself clearly. For the most part this has worked. There are no shortcuts. In fact the older and more well read you are, the more access to great words you have stored in that ole gray matter called your logical brain. But that is not where the words come from, words come from our heart-center, our souls desire to make a connection to all the questions life presents us.
Blogging as a spiritual practice does not take any special requirements, just a desire to come from a more soulful place. It may take some practice but over time the things you have written will be reread and you will ask yourself how it was you came to write something so profound. And with this new-found wisdom, you have now a new thing in which to reflect upon, assuring you that there are many thoughts and things to blog about to last us all many lifetimes.
Inspire means to draw in, as in breath. To breathe deeply and allow yourself to be present in the very moment in which you live. This inspiration brings gratitude and a deep respect for all that is now. For we never really know when our lives will end and to focus so much on the past and anticipate the future robs you of the precious moment in which you can access not only your higher power, but the universal stream of life awaiting our awakening in its due time.