So there was this guy named Buddha. Perhaps you’ve heard of him.
He had a lot to say about a lot of things, and one of those things was the Noble Eightfold Path.
This particular octagonal path consists of a bunch of groovy activities to help you have a groovy, enlightened life. Things like right speech and right action.
But here’s the deal: Buddha left something out.
I know, he was enlightened. And that’s all well and good. But even enlightened people make mistakes. Or at least oversights.
So here’s what Buddha forgot:
Sure, right speech and right action – and right view, intention, livelihood, effort, mindfulness, and concentration – are important. But so is right blogging. Indeed, I maintain that right blogging holds the key to an enlightened life.
But Z¸ you say. Right blogging is the same as right speech. Buddha didn’t forget anything! Don’t be dissing the Buddha!
To that I say: I’m not dissing anyone! That would be un-right speech. I’m not about that!
But I am about right blogging.
Let me tell you about it:
About a year ago, I started this blog. At the beginning, I had no idea what I was doing.
Actually, I still have no idea what I’m doing.
But that’s part of the magic. In becoming a blogger, I’ve realized I’m not alone. I need to rely on others.
Like Melissa Phillippe, my wonderful editor. And Barbara Stafford, my web designer. And Graham Beattie and Jess Nunez, my tech support peeps. And WordPress, my software, and Go Daddy, my web host. And the amazing Flickr photographers whose images I use. And most important of all - you readers who enrich this blog with your comments and attention.
And then there’s the Divine.
Without a doubt, my dance with the Divine has strengthened and deepened in this last year.
Like when I’ve received less-than-complimentary comments from readers. I’ve learned to chill, take a breath, and reply from a sense of Oneness, not combativeness.
I’ve learned that I have a voice. That my particular expression of the One Creative Energy is valuable and important.
I’ve learned that I can laugh at myself. The sense of perspective and freedom this gives is invigorating.
And I’ve learned that it’s both me and an-expanded-version-of-me that’s writing these posts.
Case in point:
A couple months ago, I wrote a post called Dominos and Donuts: The Truth About Change. When I first got the idea for the post, I only knew it was going to be about the domino-like nature of change. That was it.
And then, out of the blue, the word “donuts” popped into my head. Shortly after, the entire title formed itself in my mind.
The title made no sense to me. What did change have to do with donuts? I had no idea.
But the more I thought about it, the more I began to understand. Before I knew it, the entire post was written.
But I didn’t do it alone.
It required opening up to ideas and information beyond my small, rational brain. That is, it required opening up to the Divine within and all around me.
So back to right blogging.
It’s true that right blogging could fall under the category of right speech. For that matter, there are all kinds of new-fangled activities that could fall under this category.
Things like right texting. And right LOL’ing. And right friending and unfriending.
Well, except friending and unfriending move beyond the category of right speech into right use of technology. Which is also true of blogging. It doesn’t fall into just one category.
Here’s my point:
It’s complicated. All of the categories ultimately blend together into one: Right living. And right blogging, I’ve found, is ultimately about right living.
And right living is all about alignment with the Power that’s both us and way bigger than us.
So whatever we do – be it texting or LOL’ing or unplugging from the whole frickin’ thing and taking a nap – the most important thing is that we do it with love and attention. That we remember how powerful and amazing we are. That we remember we’re not alone, that Help always surrounds us.
Buddha wasn’t big on a personal relationship with the Divine, so perhaps he’d disagree with some of what I just said. But I’m pretty sure he’d be on board with right blogging.
Or at least right LOL’ing.
How do you practice right living? And how often do you LOL?