A-Z Blog Challenge 2016 Yoga

A few thoughts on blogging… and OM for the letter O

As I said to a friend in an email conversation today, reading blogs is like eating vegetables. You either love ’em or you hate ’em.

tulips in the front rock garden
tulips in the front rock garden

We were talking about blogging as a means of communication. For the people who love me, reading my blog isn’t necessarily a good method of connecting because unless you leave a comment and start a conversation, it’s one-way communication. There’s no intimacy. It’s me communicating something to the entire rest of the world about what’s going on in my life. It’s hard to be lumped in with the rest of the world. I get it.

rock cress
rock cress

With a couple of exceptions, people who comment on my blog and have a short little off-line conversation with me (because I do answer comments!) are people I’ve never met in person.

the strawberries are starting to bloom already!

I thought the blog might be a nice bonus…a way for family and friends to have an extra little window on my life outside of regular correspondence…which isn’t always as regular as it should be.


Maybe for me, blogging is sort of like being that annoying person who sends those sappy emails around, just to let everyone know they’re still alive.


Om is the sound that you often hear made at the beginning and end of a yoga session. In the classroom, it says “let everything outside go and be in the moment. this is your time and space for being on the mat.”

omOm represents mind, body and spirit.

It is said that Om was the first sound at the beginning of time, that the sound Om contains the entire universe.

Om written in Sanskrit has become the symbol of yoga practice. It is pronounced in three syllables: a, u and m.

Om is a powerful meditation tool. Spending a few moments of quiet contemplation with the sound of om is very restful. Listening almost immediately puts me at peace.


  1. I like reading what you have to say. I like seeing pictures of your garden, or hearing about your book, or seeing Yoga poses, or whatever you feel like relating. Then when you can come read my blog, it expands the conversation. But I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about these things. I just enjoy what I do, and I enjoy what I read, and that’s enough for me. =) I guess I’m not a really deep person. LOL

  2. I geuss it may come down to WHY you started blogging. Yours seems is was to keep in better touch with family and friends….and I know what ya mean, pretty much only my mom and dear husband follow and truly enjoy my blog. (WHen I have a low posting week…she even calls to tell me she misses my posts! LOL!) I am terribly grateful for the virtual quilting community my blog has given me though (And that is why I started one). And it’s been fun to meet friends, like you, from so many different parts of the world and get peeks into how everyone else lives. Maybe since you’ve found your writing voice it’s just a matter of changing the theme of your blog??? Just thinking outloud as if we were discussing this over a cup of tea or wine. WIth Smiles. V:)

  3. I’m not very good in the writing department. Words just don’t come out in the correct order and I omit words because my thoughts outrun the writing. But I love to read. Reading about someone’s life ( yours for instance) is like reading a novel. There doesn’t always have to be a murder or a mystery to solve.
    The yoga postings are my favourite so far.

  4. I am a very bad blogger. I seem to have lost the will with it but have every intention of writing a post but never quite make it. Saying that, I do read every post you write and find they are always interesting and honest and informative. People often ask me if I have given it up but the answer is usually no, I just seem to have lost my voice.

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I retired early and moved to a new community. I blog about my adventures as I explore a new lifestyle. I write about quilting, knitting and needlework, about learning to sew my own garments, adventures in the kitchen and in the garden, dancing, hiking, yoga...life is my playground!

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