Posted by: drjamm | November 20, 2008

Reflections on blogging

Be empty of worrying.
Think of who created thought!
Why do you stay in prison
when the door is so wide open?
Move outside the tangle of fear-thinking.
Live in silence
Rumi, as translated by Coleman Barks, The Essential Rumi (2004).

ladybug takes flight

Now that I have  published 30 blog entries, it seems I have made a “proper start” to my blog; and, now, I feel it is time to reflect on my blogging experience. Lately, I have felt a growing sense of getting my “sea legs” or “blog legs.” I am aware of some changes in how I relate to this opportunity to share my thoughts OUT THERE in the blogosphere. I find I am really excited by and joyful about my writing here. I am not sure of all the reasons why I feel so well when I write, but I am aware I have found my “voice” and arrived at my proper place and space, here at bright heart singing.

At first, I treated this blog as more of an exercise in writing short essays; I thought more about technique and worked and reworked a blog piece many times over — even after it was published. Now, I have discovered that this blog is more useful to me than a mere album keeping a series of my polished essays. Lately, I have found that my knowing I have this space, that I have you to write to (even though YOU may not always be my reader), I feel inspired to track and record my subtler thoughts, whimsical musings, and new directions in my theories. Instead of my thoughts crystalizing and then immediately disappearing in the chaos of my busy day, I can take a moment to sit at my computer to record what’s on my mind and put them in my blog to share. Or, when I don’t have time to compose my thoughts, I quickly dash them off and store them as a “draft” blog entry for later use (so far I have 25 of these unpublished drafts saved up)

knitting on beachI still keep the bulk of my more tentative or personal writing in my high-school style composition books and private journals.  For me, blogging does not replace the exploratory, gut wrenching, emotional, and/or “risky” writing that I feel compelled to do with pen on paper. Rather blogging has opened up the possibility of capturing my “in-between” thoughts — ideas that fall in-between my private and academic work.

But this is a spiritual blog. How has writing this blog deepened and resourced my Spirituality? To answer this I must refer to the wisdom of Rumi: making a regular practice of writing this blog has partially allowed me to quell — if not empty myself of — worrying and reinforced my deep desire to “move outside the tangle of fear-thinking.” If I am here at my computer composing my thoughts about Beauty, Spirit, or Peace, for example, then that — by definition — is time I am NOT spending worrying or fretting about something negative. Writing this spiritual blog is one of my ways of breaking free of worry, diligently working to unknot or avoid my own tangle of fear-thinking and bring my Self closer to Love. I feel this Love-without-fear as a Place AND a Presence where I can expand into Light and be in touch with who I am meant to be. How wonderful that something so modern as a blog could help me along my way to Love!

If you feel tempted to join me in blogging as a spiritual practice, then I recommend these two books  that have taught me everything I know — so far — about blogging (click on hyperlinks to read more about each book).

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41gi32pxv0l_bo2204203200_pisitb-sticker-arrow-clicktopright35-76_aa240_sh20_ou15_http://www.amazon.ca/Girls-Guide-Blogging-Moxie/dp/0470168005/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1227228843&sr=1-9

Credits and links: The above quote is from Coleman Barks, The Essential Rumi:The Essential Rumi http://www.amazon.ca/Essential-Rumi-Reissue-New-Expanded/dp/0062509586/ref=pd_bbs_sr_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1227070680&sr=8-2

I first found the abridged version of the above poem at Reflection cafe. It was an interesting sight so I added it to my blog roll: http://www.reflectioncafe.net/

To read the full version of the above poem visit Mindful Living Guide (also on my blog roll) which has some advice on Mindful writing: http://mindfullivingguide.blogspot.com/2006/12/community-of-spirit-rumi.html

(bright heart singing, copyright 2008 – jamm. Creative commons attribution, non-commercial sharing only (translation: feel free to quote me in context or use this entry but please always credit me for my work, thanks.) https://brightheartsinging.wordpress.com

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Responses

  1. First time visiter to your blog haven’t read your other entries. Me im kind of new on wordpress too.. I like to get my voice and views heard.. I like the popularism without egotism..

    anyways when i fisr started blogging on wordpress it was generally excerts from books etc but I guess a lot had to do with what I was going through in my personal life, basically I was self healing, remindin myself, but lately Ive noticed my blogs and entries have started to change, Ive started reflecting more of the real me..

    what I really actually wanted to say to you was when I blog, I’m not really bothered about my language grammar etc, I just tend to write to myself bearing in mind people will read my thoughts..

    Rumi is Beautiful, but the People who understand Rumi are very few.

    ma salams think ill read thru your blogs..


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