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