Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Grief 2

Grief 2
Originally uploaded by potsrme1962.
This was made as an expression of my grief about losing my dear wonderful father, who died on October 7, 2005. At times, I still can't believe he is gone forever and I will not see him again. He was a loving father and a great friend.

The work also expresses my attempt to embrace my grief. It is so easy to run from our feelings, afraid of their power, but they always catch up with us, somehow, sometime.

In my meditation practice I have been trying to stay with the ache I feel around my heart chakra for the duration of my sit. There is a lot of energy in this area. Sometimes it shifts and sometimes it doesn't, but at least I am giving it the attention it deserves. Grief deserves honouring.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Blog searching???

I was working on a longer post discussing some of my approach to art, health and spirituality when I suddenly thought - will anybody actually read this? I know some blogs get a lot of hits and a lot of comments from readers, and I know I haven't really posted anything worth responding to yet, but I am just wondering whether anyone knows I am out in cyberspace.

It doesn't really matter, the writing is good in and of itself, it's just that if this blog is mostly for myself then it will change the way I write about some of the stuff.

In less than a week, I have convinced myself of the value of blogging for me, at least at this time in my life. I am at a point when I am attempting to integrate the significant aspects of my life and having a space to think that through by regular writing is extremely valuable. Of course, I could do this in a journal, but I do feel that by putting it up in a blog perhaps someone else may read something that helps them in some way. Who knows? Someone might even decide they feel the same as me about certain important issues and make contact, and maybe we can work together or help each other in some way. As I mentioned in my first post, I do feel very isolated at times, and I am hopeful that I may make connections with people who share some of my values.

By the same token, maybe someone who really disagrees will contact me, and that would force me to ensure my thinking is rigorous and defendable. Or at least to acknowledge the bits that aren't.

So my question this afternoon is - how do people find blogs they are interested in following? I checked Google Blog search and found very little - I couldn't even find my own blog when I put in "art heals"! Is there something I should be doing to help people find me when they do a search? Does anyone have any tips?