Let’s just face it – I am a terrible blogger.
Not that my blog posts aren’t well-written, thoughtful, and meaningful (and humble), but when it comes to any kind of schedule or regular uploading, the entire thing just falls apart.
It’s embarrassing, really. I mean, I blog for a living. Then again, anyone who has a job that requires them to do something they might do on their own probably knows this feeling: when it becomes work, it can stop being fun.
But I really want to blog. I want to write about my life, and I want my website to be more than just a place where I tell a few dedicated souls what I most recently wrote about. (Mostly because my work is almost exclusively ghost-writing, so even if I told you, you might not believe me.)
So, I’ve thrown the gauntlet at myself. One blog post, every day, for two weeks. They don’t need to be long, they don’t need to be deep, they just need to be written. What was it that one famous guy said? Oh yeah:
I quite like this one, too:
We’ll see how it goes.
Anyway, in other news, I’ve decided to really step up my meditation practice. And by decided to, I mean I’ve been meditating more, and I’d like to see if I can continue to work it into my day-to-day life. This afternoon it was a practical thing – I found myself with a head/eye ache, and I’ve discovered that one of the best things I can do in such instances is lie down with a warm beanbag over my eyes. Since I’m physically incapable of lying still and doing nothing, I decided to pull up a short meditation.
The one I ended up using was created by a yogi whose asanas I often follow. The audio crackles a bit at one point, and she kind of scared me when she came back in after a prolonged silence, but all in all I was pretty pleased with it, and it forced me to clear my brain and let my poor, fraught eyes relax for fifteen minutes. Check it:
Along with my interest in meditation – which isn’t new, by the way, just resurfacing for the umpteenth time – I’m considering attending some Shambhala Buddhism meditations and information sessions in the city. I first heard about this community when I interned at a magazine in Halifax that is published by them, and the tenets of Buddhism have always appealed to and intrigued me. I’m sure my experiences there will be a future blog post!
Ok, there we go. Day 1 of the 14-Day Blogging Challenge (let’s just say) is complete. Here’s to two weeks of dedication!