Why hello! (1/365)

There’s something to be said about creating a blog. It takes a lot of time and energy to design a space that you will be occupying for a long time. It’s a similar experience to moving to a new home; you have to organize the place before you can feel comfortable lounging around in your underwear.

At minimum, the fung shui has to feel right. Most of the free WordPress layouts are like a tiny studio apartments where the bedroom is simultaneously the kitchen / dining room / entryway. No matter how I arrange it, it’s as though the bed is sitting square in the center of the room and there isn’t another place to put it. Something feels off.

Anyways, down to business. The year has ended and, like many others, I want a fresh start. I want to believe that the beginning of a new calendar can cleanse the angst of an entire year. I imagine setting down the past and being able to move forward without the weight of ‘it all’. Whatever that means.

Meditation has been the framework I’ve used for letting go of this mental weight in the past. By dedicating time to sitting, I’ve been able to improve my life. It’s not about the ‘om’s or perfecting my posture (although both can be useful). Meditation has been about flexing a mental muscle. One which paradoxically hinges on the ability to heavily focus on the present moment while remaining unattached to it.

My stress is high, I work too much, I’m filled with complaints and anxieties. This post could be filled with them. I’m sure your life is full of them as well. Instead of focusing on this suffering, this year I’m making a resolution towards improvement.

Each day of 2016, I will meditate at least 20 minutes. As the weeks progress, this goal will evolve to include concepts that I wish to add to my life. These could come in the form of spending a few weeks contemplating the Five Kleshas or devoting a week to the Four Gates of Speech.

The details are loose on this 365 project. There is no rule on how much or often I need to write. Instead, this blog will be a journal to follow how the project is impacting my life. I hope to maintain a steady log with writings every few days.

With that being said, happy New Year to you! I wish you the best of luck on any resolutions you’ve made and a year of happiness. Let’s make 2016 a great year!

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Testing 1-2-3

This post is for test purposes only. The functionality of this particular theme is a little unusual, so I’m writing a post to see how text is displayed along with how the featured image looks on the home screen. Also, it’s important to look at how the tags and categories are displayed. While this page has a lot of work that needs to be done, I’m sure it’ll start to come about in the next few days.

Here’s a second paragraph, just to make the first post look somewhat readable. No one likes when there’s just a blob of text (one paragraph) for an entire post. Especially if that post if over a couple hundred words. Maybe it’s acceptable if it’s less but absolutely no one paragraph novels will be written here.

Oh look, more text. Let’s see how this looks now.