Today is the one-year anniversary of my first ever blog post on Maybe Mindful – YAY! And first and foremost I want to give a HUGE thank you to everyone who has stuck with me so far. I have connected with some wonderful individuals who follow my blog and/or my Instagram page and I am grateful for each and every one of you.
I am grateful for my amazing readers from more than 50 countries all over the world that have taken the time to read my blog. I am grateful for the bloggers who have allowed me to write guest blogs for them. And I am grateful for my mindfulness and meditation practice, which I have written about over the last year. (I have linked many of my previous posts in this blog post, so do feel free to browse!).
So what have I learned from this experience?
I have not become a mindfulness expert
One year of blogging has also meant one year of (mostly) regular mindfulness and meditation practice. Surprisingly, I am not an all-knowing, enlightened being of the universe yet! But I have experienced some wonderful benefits already, in what actually seems like a very short time. And I am grateful for every one of my mindfulness teachers that have aided me in my practice along the way, ranging from my PhD supervisor and my mindfulness teacher to my friends, family, and even strangers. As my yoga instructor reminds me after every class, it is important to give thanks to two things. Give thanks to your teachers, whoever they may be, and give thanks to your intention to return to your practice each and every day. And it hasn’t always been easy, but it has been an incredible journey, filled with ups and downs, slumps and peaks, and, most importantly progress. Which leads me to my next point.
Perfection is the enemy of progress
In the last year, I have had days when words flowed openly, and I have had days when I couldn’t write a sentence. This is as true for my blog as it is for my PhD thesis! But I have learned that my blog posts do not have to be perfect – they change and evolve with me, much like my own meditation practice and self-development. My blog posts reflect my mood, my state of mind, and the amount of time I have on my hands. Sometimes I have the time and space (mental and physical) to write and sometimes I don’t. And that’s OK! This will be my 63rd blog post, and I am proud of what I have achieved so far. The most important thing that I have discovered over the last year is that no matter how often I write, I will keep writing. And here’s why.
Keeping the conversation going
Despite the “short” amount of time that mindfulness has been in the mainstream, it has already had peaks and slumps of its own, not to mention criticism and debates surrounding its effectiveness. But mindfulness is not a fad or a trend. It is not here to make us thinner or more productive. It is not here to solve all of our problems and make us superior human beings. And it is not here to remove all of our sorrows. Therefore, it is important to keep studying mindfulness scientifically, and to ensure that it is taught and applied in a way that is beneficial, safe, and true to its roots. More research is needed both about the good and the bad of mindfulness meditation practice, and it is imperative that we keep the conversation going. Knowledge is power, and it should be accessible to all.
But ultimately I write for ME, and that is what it has been about from the start. I write about my binge eating, I write about my practice, and I write about my research. And if my blog has helped even a single person over the last year, then that’s just wonderful!
On a final side note, I have also learned that each blog post takes much longer time than I think it will, which is why it is now past midnight on the 10th of May, instead of the true one-year anniversary of my first blog post. But hey, at least number 63 is done and a new year has begun.