The irony of being a writer without an audience trying to help other writers build an audience struck me in a new way this morning as I reviewed my less-than-stellar blog statistics. Granted, like most people these days I’m working so hard to survive that the things that I truly care about sometimes get neglected. Promoting my own writing is one of those things.
I have tried to be faithful to the content, stick with what I’ve been taught, to “write what you know.” With that in mind, it seems connecting with other people who care about the same things I do shouldn’t be so much work. But often it is. Precisely the dilemma of my clients. Knowing what you care about is not being shared can be painful.
Then among my statistics I noticed one blog post had significantly outperformed the others by nearly seven times. Creative Letting Go: Experiencing Dakini Bliss was spawned by a phrase from a favorite story by Buddhist teacher Pema Chodron. It talks about how we unconsciously label what we experience and how often a simple shift in perception changes everything.
And as I thought about the popularity of this particular blog post, the unconscious label I was placing on myself hit me. “Those who can, do…those who can’t, teach.” How marvelous. Dakini Bliss.
Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel, Buddhist teacher and author of the new book The Power of the Open Question talks about the pain of self-rejection and the unconscious embellishment of situations we can choose to experience as Dakini Bliss.