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Blogging as a Spiritual Practice

Updated on March 24, 2010

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.


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      Lee Barton 7 years ago from New Mexico

      Really liked the ideas presented here. I particularly liked your definition of writer's block.

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      woolman60 7 years ago

      Very well written, and I look forward to reading more, awesome, and I too like your comment on writer's block.

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      William Ehrendreich 7 years ago from Manitowoc, WI USA

      From the song, "As the deer panteth at the water, so my soul at the water, so my soul long after thee." When we come upon these thirsts of the soul, writing about them helps us to crystallize our thoughts and serves give us a venue for sharing this spiritual place with others. Another well written hub. Thank you.

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      writing time 7 years ago

      An interesting perspective. I enjoyed reading it. Thanks for sharing.

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      Alice Lee Martin 7 years ago from Sumner, Washington,USA

      Thank you all for reading and commenting...I so appreciate your feedback. Fortunately for me, this Hub did: "Flow through"

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      keithb7862 7 years ago from Seattle

      Most excellent!!!

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      Alice Lee Martin 7 years ago from Sumner, Washington,USA

      Thanks dear one.

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      Melinda 7 years ago

      'Entering a state of non-attachment'....I LIKE that concept as it will certainly apply to the art of painting as well. Artists and writers often worry what others will think instead of just writing/painting from the heart as you speak of. Thanks Aley.

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      Alice Lee Martin 7 years ago from Sumner, Washington,USA

      I so agree Melinda that this can be adapted for any kind of "art". In fact the whole idea of flow is also utilized in sports as well, including extreme sports. Thanks for your comment dear one.

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      ChelMcQ 7 years ago

      Blogging the soul is great therapy!

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      Alice Lee Martin 7 years ago from Sumner, Washington,USA

      Indeed it is ChelMcQ

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      pinkhawk 7 years ago from Pearl of the Orient

      ...very inspiring, this energized my spirit! :)thank you ma'am! :)

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      I liked the way you expressed your method of writing and I would agree with your comments. Good hub,

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      Missi Darnell 7 years ago from Southern California

      Fabulous hub.

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      Michelle Simtoco 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Aley Martin, this is the first Hubnugget hub I have read for the day. And you touched my soul in a deep way because it resonated with me completely! You are a joy and your passion for life comes out. I love what you said about writing and being in a zen moment where we cease to argue in our heads and just express and be! A truly wonderful thing to remember today. Thank you very much.

      Now to get back on track, I did mention you are a Hubnugget Wannabe right? Yes you are! And I am so glad the Hubnuggets Team picked your hub.

      To vote and read all the instructions on the Hubnuggets, this way please: http://hubpages.com/hubnuggets10/hub/HubNuggets-Co...

      To participate in the forum: http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/41130

      Enjoy the Hubnuggets as you continue to blog and shine your light! :)

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      Jai Warren 7 years ago from Dallas, Deep Ellum, Texas

      Great Hub. Blogging is very cathartic. A way of releasing the emotions of our souls. Writers block is about laziness, just write and the words will come. Some of your best blogs come from forcing yourself to write. Really enjoyed it! :) Ciao.

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      This is a great hub on blogging, it gives you food for thought and so much more. I really love the statement about what writer's block signifies. I agree with you 100 percent.:) Congrats on being selected to this week's HubNuggets Wannabe nominees. Good Luck! :)

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      Alice Lee Martin 7 years ago from Sumner, Washington,USA

      Thank you all for coming by and sharing your comments here with me!

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      Amy RedCloud 7 years ago from USA

      Exellent post! I just started blogging and I agree that I do it more for the release type feeling and spiritual connection of it.

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      Alice Lee Martin 7 years ago from Sumner, Washington,USA

      Thanks...good luck, but most of all....enjoy!

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      HubCrafter 7 years ago from Arizona

      Hi Aley:

      Congratulations on a well-written Hub. It's a pleasure to read. You express yourself with such elan and confidence. I just fell into the reverie of it.

      HubCrafter

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      Alice Lee Martin 7 years ago from Sumner, Washington,USA

      Many thanks HubCrafter! I look forward to reading your hubs as well!

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      DjBryle 7 years ago from Somewhere in the LINES of your MIND, and HOPEFULLY at the RIPPLES of your HEART. =)

      Congratulations, Aley! I am your new fan! I love this hub... and I voted for it! =)

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      justmesuzanne 7 years ago from Texas

      Where is your blog?

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      Alice Lee Martin 7 years ago from Sumner, Washington,USA

      Thanks so much for all your votes! I am honored. I do occasionally blog at: http://innerflaneur.blogspot.com/

      nut now focus more attention to these Hubs, as they are, for me a way to blog as well.

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      Barbara 7 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      Inspiring, truth be told!!! Thanks.

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      Alice Lee Martin 7 years ago from Sumner, Washington,USA

      Love your enthusiasm!

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      Challah1202 7 years ago from Chandler, TX

      I use on online journal--I think that qualifies as a blog. Occasionally someone comments, but mostly it just for me. anyway, I like your comments. Good job!

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      Alice Lee Martin 7 years ago from Sumner, Washington,USA

      thnaks

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      Nicki Goff 7 years ago

      I really resonated with this hub. Writing can be such a cerebral activity, sometimes we just need to shut up that critical inner voice and just let it all out. Our best stuff, be it writing or anything else, comes when we can be really present in the moment.

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      Alice Lee Martin 7 years ago from Sumner, Washington,USA

      Thanks so much Nick. I appreciate your comments.

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      green tea-cher 7 years ago

      Aley, I can relate to aligning with your divine source - those are the times I write what I feel are my best pieces. It's pretty amazing sometimes when the words start to flow and they are so beautiful. It is almost overwhelming. I also feel that I experience writers block when I am not in alignment with my source.

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      ChaiRachelRuth 7 years ago

      This is great!! You echo how I like to write as well. If it's not in my heart, or if I'm not present with what I'm wrting, then it doesn't flow -- the writing is more difficult. Hadn't thought of blogging as a spiritual practice, but once you said it, the concept made sense. Terrific and thank you!

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      Alice Lee Martin 7 years ago from Sumner, Washington,USA

      Many thanks lovely ladies for coming by and commenting...I love it when things Flow...and many people who are in sports say that is their way of finding their connection with source as well...

      (((smiles)))

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      suny51 7 years ago

      put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. sit with a learned one for an hour, and it seems like a minute. that’s why i am here.

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      Alice Lee Martin 7 years ago from Sumner, Washington,USA

      Deep bows....Socrates reminded us we all really know nothing, humbling us and asking us to remain open at all times, so with that in mind, I am eager to spend an hour with you also...and it will seem like minutes I am certain.

      Blessings to you.

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      CarolineVABC 6 years ago from Castaic

      I very much agree with you that we need to be creative as writers and not to worry about whether we are using "correct" grammar/punctuations/words. I also like the fact that you align yourself with the "divine source" for your personal inspiration. Glad to know that there are still some spiritual people out there. God bless!

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      Alice Lee Martin 6 years ago from Sumner, Washington,USA

      Thanks Caroline...wish I had more time to be spiritual...things are heating up and my time is being taken up with research!

      :)

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