Earlier this week I spent some time with a wise old man called Tony. He was trying to teach me about living a more reflective and meditative life.

To live life  wholly.

Tony’s pretty smart, and he’s been studying this kind of stuff for 40+ years. But admitted to me “after all these years I’m still trying to bloody well perfect it”.

But amongst all the wise-ness (that’s the technical term) that he was sharing with me,   one thing that Tony asked me to work on was to spend some time each day on being reflective, maybe even meditative. He suggested spending 5 minutes every night to stop and focus.

What has happened today?

Who did I meet?

Did opportunities pass me by?

Did I make a difference?

Tony says that by spending this time reflecting, it becomes a form of meditation. It’s so rare these days for me to sit still long enough to ponder what’s happening in my life. By giving myself the opportunity to reflect, it prepares my mind for true meditation. To clear my mind of all thought.

And through all his advice and wisdom, all I could think was how  blogging is a form of reflection.

It’s the act of giving yourself the time to think things through, to ponder your daily actions and interactions. Your opinions; your passions.

Isn’t that what we do with blogging? Or at least try to?

My blog is the story of my life. My blog allows me to reflect on the story of my life…

I know it sounds like I’m stating the obvious, but this new angle has really struck a chord with me. And those times I spend, sitting at my keyboard, staring at the monitor, but not really staring at anything…. I’m actually on the path to meditation.

I was contemplating explaining my lightbulb moment to Tony, but realised that not even a wise old man like Tony would understand the tools of modern day meditation.  Heh.

Do you find your blog is helping you to be more reflective? Even meditative?

May you see what you  see through different eyes

Hear what you hear with different ears.

May you taste what you have never tasted before, and go further than youself.

Too often we are not present to the beauty, love and   grace that brims within the ordinary moments of our lives.

Our lives come laden with riches,

But we are not sufficiently present to what is there.

– Masai prayer

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15 thoughts on “Blogging as a means to a more reflective life

  1. So that means all the times I fall asleep at my laptop…I’m just meditating? Awesome!

    Posted on 12 June 2011 at 4:38 pm
  2. Yes. This.

    Science@home as my main blog had a very definite purpose, which was to force myself out of the rut and do lots of interesting things with my kids then share them with others. But after blogging in different forms for about 3 years, it is so much a part of the way I organise my thoughts, reflect and plan that when I start a new project, I start a new blog.

    I don’t really do personal blogging, but I blog about work and teaching because reflecting on it improves how I do my job.

    Posted on 12 June 2011 at 4:40 pm
    1. you’re so right, Deb – I’ve actually been wondering if I should do a work-based blog for the same reason. TBH I don’t even know if there are blogs out there for awesome admin staff :)

      Posted on 13 June 2011 at 5:59 pm
  3. GREAT post, Laura :) Absolutely. Every single post I write stems from a conversation or situation in my life, so I *completely* agree that blogging is an excellent way of reflecting on life’s events :)

    Posted on 12 June 2011 at 5:46 pm
    1. Thanks Corinne :) I wasn’t actually sure if the post would resonate with anyone, stoked that it has xx

      Posted on 13 June 2011 at 6:00 pm
  4. Yes, I like this. Except for the questions about opportunities missed and difference made. That would stress me out, since the answers always see to be yes to the first and no to the second.

    But I love the idea of blogging as a reflection on what’s happening in your life. Which is why I’m going to start blogging more. Promise. :)

    Posted on 12 June 2011 at 5:51 pm
    1. I’ve noticed, Spotty! Lots of posts from you in my reader :))

      Posted on 13 June 2011 at 6:01 pm
  5. I agree with the exception of needing to censor one’s blog based on the known readers. Meditation shouldn’t ever be censored in this way.

    Posted on 12 June 2011 at 6:37 pm
    1. True, but a sad reality for some :(

      Posted on 13 June 2011 at 6:02 pm
  6. I think that whenever someone touches us through a message, a conversation, a letter, a few wise words……we “take” from that what we are ready to do/ change/ ponder and more.
    The answers to every little thing that we all seem as humans to spend far too much time worrying about…are the simple ones.
    Stop.
    Notice.
    Listen.
    Feel.
    Taste.
    Savour.
    And yes, become lost for a while – in a meditative way – when blogging and creating.
    My meditation of recent times has been photography. Going out & about & looking at the world via my lens. I went out in the rain today in Parramatta & got awesome shots of nature, history & more. It’s my “time standing still time” love your reflection .. Denyse xx

    Posted on 13 June 2011 at 12:06 am
  7. Re: Jarod’s comment, that’s where places like http://750words.com/ come in handy.

    Love the post :)

    Posted on 13 June 2011 at 11:38 am
    1. i totes forgot about this! do you still use it?

      Posted on 13 June 2011 at 6:04 pm
  8. The interwebz ate my big comment. Basically it said “I like this”.

    Posted on 13 June 2011 at 4:03 pm
    1. Greedy interwebz!

      (thanks kay :))

      Posted on 13 June 2011 at 6:03 pm