In these last few years I’ve been practising mindfulness as a regular part of my week. It started when I began dabbling with yoga after moving to the island for university. As I’ve come to learn, yoga is a fascinating art with deep roots. In fact, there are 8 limbs to yoga and the physical asana practise that many in the western world equate with yoga is but one of them.
Over the years it always fascinates and captivates me anew when a friend who starts innocently enough with asana practise suddenly finds them self opening to a whole new world of self-awareness, balance, and desire to explore deeper this mysterious and ancient art. Asana practise certainly serves as a deftly efficient hook, bringing initiates to more arcane aspects of yoga, even though they needn’t one.
I digress. My growing mindfulness has allowed me to cope and work through many challenges my adult life has thrown at me. And for that, I am grateful. Further, developing an awareness of connection between my mind and body, body and community, community and ecosystem has allowed me to better attune to nuances of energy. Suddenly the personal energy I feel inside is not a foreign wisp, completely out of my control and dictated by errant biorhythms. It’s something I’m responsible to cultivate and serves as a barometer of how harmoniously my lifestyle matches up with what my body and mind need to thrive. This very personal energy can also be influenced by external sources, such as the change of a season or mood of coworkers & friends.
By being more consistently mindful throughout the year, I’ve noticed that my yoga practise definitely changes with the seasons in a bit of a predictable pattern. Curious to see if this happened to other yogis, I Googled and found that, not only did other yogis experience this, but that there was a whole science on how to structure practise to facilitate seasonal variations on energy and how it impacts the student.
Predictably, spring is a time for coolness, wet, rebirth and awakening. Summer is a time full of energy, heat, and growth. Fall is a time for harvest, crispness, sharing and preparation. Winter is a time for “death”, cold, contemplation, and introspection. Bringing expectations for my personal energy into alignment with the type of energy provided by each of the seasons has helped me battle seasonal depression and has allowed me to be the right kind of productive, depending on the time of year.
So, what does all this have to do with blogging to myself?
- I’ve realized that my propensity to blog, like my yoga practise, changes with the seasons. There’s an ebb and a flow to the frequency of my updates, and I am now emerging from a dry spell. A bit of a blog drought, if you will. Rather than make apologies or write a post on how this time will be different, I’ve realized that this is just an organic part of my relationship with this web site. I currently feel energized to contribute more to the blog and we’ll see for how long this lasts.
- This post his heavy on the “humanities” lens, talking more about yoga than technology or entrepreneurship. In posts past, I’ve really tended to focus a lot more heavily on entrepreneurship and technology. While I have a lot to say on those two topics, I’m going to try and illustrate points or provide perspective from the work I’ve been doing educating myself more in the humanities.
- I’ll be blogging to myself. That doesn’t mean I’m busy typing out a bunch of private posts. What it means is that I’ll be creating content for myself, not for some imagined audience. In blogs past, I’ve been concerned about writing to an audience and producing content I think the audience would want to read. I think this focus has stifled my desire to continually blog, and intimidated me into not posting or saying exactly what I wanted to say. A recent post by Mitch Joel titled “Brands Need To Think Like Artists“, resonated with me and I saw my relationship with my blog in it. Rather than treat my blog like an obscure personal brand ideal, I’m simply going to be real and approach my blog as Grant-the-artist would. If I’m successful an audience may find me, though that isn’t the goal.
Mitch links to a video by Vi Hart titled: “They Became What They Beheld: Medium, Message, Youtubery“. If you are at all flirting with content creation, brand management, or marketing, I suggest you give it a quick watch. It’s only 5 minutes long, I’ll even embed it right here so you don’t even need to go anywhere!
So, self, don’t forget: “reaching a wider audience is not worth sacrificing my content.”
Also, this is a particularly poignent passage that resonated:
The trouble with knowing what to say, and saying it clearly & fully is that clear speaking is often obsolete thinking. Clear statement is like an art object: it is the afterlife of the process that called it into being. The process itself is the significant step and, especially at the beginning, is often incomplete and uncertain.