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On January 1st of 2010, I launched the “Yoga Suits Her” blog. That was 999 posts ago and lots of writing practice under the bridge.
Writing has parallels with yoga practice. Do enough of it and something changes. It may that your technique improves, or you will get more life experience which gets poured back onto the page or into what you do on your mat. Writing or practising yoga over a long time will change you, you can be sure. You may not notice it at the time but looking back, you’ll see the difference. Looking back three years or 40 years.
When I dived into what felt like the swirling waters of a yoga web log, I had to make up what it was going to be about. I didn’t really know the answer to that or why I was doing it. So, we picked the title, ‘Yoga Suits Her’, said, that sounds good, and added a subtitle, ‘Sharing from the Yoga Shed’. That sounded good, too.
After a little while, no time at all really, my commitment to almost daily writing started to pull me in certain directions. I would be walking on the beach and the river stones seemed to offer up a theme for that day’s post. Or, I would be pushing a wheelbarrow full of manure that I’d collected (this was five months after double hip surgery), pushing it up the slope and suddenly I knew what I was going to write about that night. If I had a disagreement with my husband and it disturbed my peace of mind, that was grist for the mill.
You see, the blog material started out as rural musings from an ex-city yogini, and then developed into heart shares or soul sharing.
The other day, it finally dawned on me that sitting and writing each day is a spiritual discipline in itself. Julia Cameron, author of The Artist’s Way, has summed up my experience:
We should write because it is human nature to write. Writing claims our world. It makes it directly and specifically our own. We should write because humans are spiritual beings and writing is a powerful form of prayer and meditation, connecting us both to our own insights and to a higher and deeper level of inner guidance.
We should write because writing brings clarity and passion to the act of living. Writing is sensual, experiential, grounding. We should write because writing is good for the soul. We should write because writing yields us a body of work, a felt path through the world we live in.
We should write, above all, because we are writers, whether we call ourselves that or not.”
I could substitute the word yoga for writing in the above quote, and it would make perfect sense to me.
I’m very grateful to you subscribers and other readers who have read my posts over the years. You are my sounding boards, and you are amplifiers of my two passions – yoga and writing. Thank you!
See you for post number 1,001?
*From E.M. Forster, The Plot