Blogging is sometimes like home yoga practice. Often. Almost always. You experiment and send something out to the world. You experiment and you plant a seed. You experiment and you find something that feels amazing, but the same thing doesn't work the next day. Or it does, but eventually it grows into new understanding and you experiment again.
I've been blogging since 2001, so I've been through a lot of experiments. I've had a home yoga practice just a little bit longer, so lots of experiments there, too. On the blogging front, I've been on Blogger and Wordpress and had blogs named Yoga3Om, YogaEveryDay, Align2Center, YogaGuide, CallsFromTheNight - and those are just the yoga blogs! And then there are blogs I've written for others, kind of like teaching yoga: you create something and share it by giving it to someone else to use.
It was difficult to move my writing to my business website, not because it was hard to figure out (it was a breeze), but because it represents a change fundamental to my entire practice. I've had YogaGuide since 2006 when I was in teacher training and YogaEveryDay since 07 when I started teaching at North Valley Senior Center and have resisted moving because of that longevity and history. And I'll still post there occasionally, just as I still return to Ashtanga Series when I need structure and rigor in my practice. But moving my writing here represents a final evolution I could never have imagined 7 years ago when I was about to move into a Field Operations Supervisor position as a Paramedic and when i was working weekend nights and living a schedule fit for a boozy guitar player in the '70s. This move represents moving into my skin as a writer and yoga teacher and shedding the Paramedic uniform skin once and for all. I'll still have a slight adrenaline dump when I hear sirens, I'll still evaluate everyone I meet for IV access and fatality risk factors. I'll still carry with me the partners and patients who made that life so rich, just as I carry with me the texts and students that made my Philosophy Ph.D. student life the most perfect foundation for all that has come after. But this is where I am now. This is how I serve in the world now. So I'm moving in. You'll be invited to the housewarming and I'll provide the presents, so stay in touch :)
How is your practice and your service evolving? What experiments are you in the midst? Are you in the first blush beginning, the make-it-work or the feeling a bit like day old beer phase? They're all exciting, because they're all feelings that lead to growth. The trick is to abide with them, while they're here, without holding on or turning our backs. As for me, this feels like a new rotation of the spiral of my unfolding life. Thanks for sharing the unfolding and the practice.