We are between eclipses and astrology continues. What about where we are beyond that, when not lost in translation? I have been taking my time and focusing my energy on taking care of my home and my personal needs so that I can support those who I care for offline – attending workshops and working on my center, developing technique and building up my qi. I’ve been more dedicated to my private practice of journaling, meditation, and spontaneously creative breath work. 🙂
Before, when I started this blog, I was more “out there,” dispersed and now, it’s clear to me, that my immediate environment – the neighborhood, etc, are more my proximity, is where I literally dwell, even from a shamanistic perspective. I think part of it is because I was actually moving in 2012 (blog started in 2011) and then I moved again in 2013, and then nearby to the previous location in 2015; since then, I’ve gotten settled, reclaimed more of myself from fragmentation, and have started running ‘deep’ once again. I’ve been going through transformation in a number of ways as I interact with all sorts of teachers in person, and when I meet with clients or patients in person. It’s really about re-forming myself, finding places where my illusions keep me from the present moment, and deepening my practice of self-work. Getting good results is inspiring; it can also be a reminder to me that I need to keep at it.
Also the shifts have a lot to do with me getting much more physically healthy and being busy away from old focuses, and into new ones – or at least increasingly into the endeavors I started more recently, a couple years ago. As a result, blogging has not been a high priority for a while now. The poetry isn’t coming as regularly, but maybe it will return again.
I have some questions about the purpose of the internet and blogging right now as it relates to where my needs and those of others’ intersect.
I do believe that many bloggers are here to make a difference, as a main motivation. To me, that’s one of the keystones of blogging. What to do, though, when one is getting their ‘connectedness’ offline primarily. What to do when wanting to show people that caring is happening, but the focus is more deliberate now, and definitely self-centered.
When I get a text or two in reply to me, and I’m told, “you made me smile,” I feel like that’s a complete moment – that was making a difference. When I think about how I will use my newly acquired and honing skills, I think: YAY! Where can I be of service… next? I love that my work is offline!
Those bloggers who I most want to connect to, are people who want to make a difference, and already are making a difference. I see it all the time. Not living online daily, while knowing that there’s this online world, with online connections that are taking place, and people are interacting and supporting one another. It’s really a brilliant thing!
So ~ This is a gratitude post.
Also some questions:
- How can blogging best serve people who are only part-time or 1/4 time (or less) bloggers?
- How can we maintain relationships that have infrequent interactions? (i’ve had years of this and I love those friends/family dearly!!)
- How can we keep connected for the teamwork purpose of creating a healthier, happier planet with people who aren’t being left behind?
- How can we allow for people to be free from the internet for whatever period of time they need, and then be ‘welcomed back’ again?
- How has the internet and social media transformed and shaped social obligations?