I’ve been blogging here since 2008. And while I admittedly haven’t been the most consistent about it , I do love to write – and I do love the immediacy of this format – so I always seem to come back to it.
This time, I wanted to make an even more deliberate return to the blog, so I figured the best way to dive back in was with a set goal; 20 blog posts in 30 days, starting today – June 1st. And so… here we go.
What’s this blog about?
Every couple of years, I like to do a quick overview post about what this blog is about, since we cover so much ground around here. For my latest shot at it, let me start off with my favorite Zen quote. This one’s a classic that has always stayed with me:
The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his education and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he is always doing both.
This quote has been something of a personal manifesto for me, and that’s why it’s been impossible for me to have a “niche” or single-subject blog, which is what most blogging experts recommend. I understand the logic in this from a readership or numbers perspective. But if a blog is supposed to be centered around writing about what’s important to you, I’m not really able to single-subject it, although I’ve done my best to encapsulate it with the blog’s long-time tagline: Living Large From the Mind, Body and Spirit.
Mind, Body, Spirit… for real?
I realize that the whole “mind, body and spirit” thing can be difficult for some to swallow, given the perception many folks have of it as a worn-out new-age catchphrase. But in reality, it does represent the three interconnected parts of our being. And if we are to truly live fully from this integrated space, then we would do well to explore issues and ideas from all the various aspects of this triangle.
That’s why I believe that, indeed, everything’s connected, and there’s less need these days for all of this radical compartmentalization between the various sectors of our lives.
For example: your efforts in the body realm where nutrition, exercise and the mind/body connection are concerned, will pay big dividends in the spirit or artistic realm, where increased energy and a sharp mind will assist your creative work. At the same time, engaging the pure joy of your creative passions has been shown to quantifiably elevate your levels of total mind/body wellness. Meanwhile, your overall attention to mindfulness in the mind realm, will factor heavily into the quality of your experience in both the body and spirit realms. It will also help to raise your consciousness with regard to how your daily actions affect our fellow humans, animals and the planet herself. Again, everything’s connected.
With this in mind, you might find as you peruse the archives or scope out some of the upcoming entries, that we cover a rather wide terrain on this blog: drumming, writing, music/art/creativity-related things, health and nutrition, exercise and fitness, the mind/body connection, veganism, animal advocacy and environmental issues, and anything else compelling that informs, expands the mind, and/or stimulates the imagination.
For this month’s 20 blogs in 30 days situation, I’m not exactly sure how it will all unfold, since upcoming life events will influence at least some of the posts. But I do have some cool entries already planned, so it should be a “quality over quantity” affair… let’s hope!
Thanks for being here. See you tomorrow….