Blame it on Downward Dog


Upward cattail

Upward cattail

It all started during Downward Dog.

There one is, upside down and backwards, staring at nothing in particular, yoga-stretching every limb to wake up & shine, when suddenly a thought arises out of nowhere.

“I want to blog again.”

You stretch again and ease down on your stomach and ponder that bold statement.  Of course, this assertion arises now and again.  It may appear during meditation, or perhaps while nibbling popcorn.  It may nudge randomly during a frigid November walk down the road, or perhaps in a hot tub in Florida.

This thought of blogging comes; it goes.  How seriously should one take it?  Usually I wait until the next morning and the thought has exited into the ethers.

However, this morning, somewhere between Upward and Downward Dog, excitement continued to build.

YES!  shouted something inside.  I WANT TO SHARE AGAIN!

Ice circle of life in the driveway

Ice circle of life in the driveway

Of course, this was partially precipitated by Cindy’s comment on Thanksgiving.  I was cooking the turkey in the oven, just enough for Barry and me in our Little House in the Big Woods, when the iPad sang.  When the iPad sings, one puts down baster and scurries to find out who’s dinging.

Cindy blogs from “down south” on Beaver Island in Lake Michigan.  I fly over her neck of the woods from time to time.  A month ago we celebrated a family wedding in Charlevoix and Petoskey, just across the way from Cindy’s Island in the Big Lake.

Her comment read:

You read – and “liked” – one of my recent posts, which caused a message to be sent to my inbox, with a selection of your posts that I might like. That led me to this post, which is wonderful! I just re-blogged it, this Thanksgiving Day, with this introduction:”My friend Kathy, who writes from the woods of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, shared these wise thoughts a few years ago. I think they’re well worth sharing again.”
By the way, once I was there, I spent about an hour reading things you’ve written over the years. I felt my heart swell; I laughed out loud; I smiled in recognition of my own struggles in your words. By the time I got up, I had tears in my eyes, for missing you, and your once frequent entry into my days through your writing. I hope you’re well, and happy, and continuing to spread joy and insight through your life, if not through your written words. Happy Thanksgiving!

Wow.  People say nice things like this from time to time and I’m often tempted to write once again.  Yet something about Thanksgiving and Downward Dog and Writing and the fast-approaching deep winter seemed to shift the possibility.

Nature loves circles

Nature loves circles

I was almost in agreement with paying the $96 annual fee to reinstate Lake Superior Spirit when…

NO! You’ve got to be kidding!  Kathy, get serious.  You know how badly you’ve burned out on blogging in the past.  You get all compulsive and feel obligated to respond to every commenter.  You imagine that you’ve invited fifty people for tea in your living room every time you blog.  You deeply connect with everyone…and then go back to read fifty blogs.  YOU CAN’T DO THIS ANY MORE!!

I thought for the next few hours.  Can I blog once again without burning out?  Can a quiet contemplative lifestyle be nurtured even while sharing?

So am going to start blogging again just to yak and share and ruminate, but will not be responding to comments or reading other blogs in gratitude and connection unless Spirit nudges during the corpse pose.

Until tomorrow or the next day or next week or next month, your long-lost blogger,  Kathy



About Kathy

I live in the middle of the woods in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Next to Lake Superior's cold shores. I love to blog.
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16 Responses to Blame it on Downward Dog

  1. Hurrah!!!! How very nice to see you here! You made my day!

  2. Hello, Kathy! Down and upward you go.

  3. Brenda says:

    Welcome back my dear friend from the northwoods! I hope your Thanksgiving was blessed and joyful! ❤

  4. john K says:

    What a pleasant surprise. An early Christmas present!

  5. dawnkinster says:

    Dancing the happy dance down here. I was worried you hurt yourself during Downward Dog….but said (out LOUD!) “YES!” when I read that you wanted to blog again, then read the rest with held breath worried you might change your mind by the end of the post.

    No strings. No commitment. Just share when you feel like it. Obviously we’ll all be thrilled.

  6. Elisa says:

    Stop looking at the comments Kathy 😛

  7. Barb says:

    Lovely to see you back to blogging, Kathy. I stopped and then started again, too. However, I closed my comments since starting and feel that has worked for me. People e-mail me to share their thoughts, but it’s not on the public forum. I do read other’s blogs (as I’m reading yours), but I no longer feel the obligation or compulsion to do so.

  8. debyemm says:

    A joy to see a notification for your blog in my inbox again !!

  9. Barbara Kass says:

    I understand completely; the feeling and commitment are mutual.

  10. lisaspiral says:

    I’m happy you’re back! Hoping you find that balance.

  11. Welcome back! I’m smiling and happy to read your words.

  12. Val says:

    I can’t tell you how happy I was (and still am) to see a post from you pop up in my email! I don’t mind if you don’t reply to my comment/s, that’s fine.

    My own blog has been going uphill and downhill with my moods, some days I just don’t want to – can’t – blog, so I leave it for ages. It shouldn’t have to be a struggle, but often it is.

    Anyway, hugs. xx

  13. Yay Yay Yay! Did I say….YAY? Well, Yay!
    Yesterday I decided I wanted to change the top photo banner of my blog. I had no idea with what, until I came across my photo of cat’s tails. And for some reason, I said, “Self, this is it!” And I placed it on my banner. And of course, I see your blog name in my e-mail this morning, open up your post (YAY!) and the first photo? A cat’s tail.
    Of course.

  14. Lori says:

    Glad to see you back. My dream my have been a premonition. I’m not sure I understand why blogging is a problem, though. I suppose if one is busy and it overtakes their life (like it has done for me on occasion) then I understand. Six years and I haven’t burned out yet. I still find it a joy. But, who knows what the future holds. Welcome back to the blogsaphere. Blessings to you.

  15. lucindalines says:

    Also glad you are back and I so understand the idea of that yearly upgrade. I am at the point of needing the biggest package and since I don’t want to be commercial it will be a difficult decision. I enjoy what you share!

  16. Karen says:

    What a nice surprise and welcome back. No strings, no commitments. 🙂

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