Separation of Concerns (SoC)
Why start another blog? My original blog was a deeply personal therapeutic outpouring of my mental journey recovering from the unexpected divorce from my starter wife. Whilst very cathartic, it became apparent that it was no longer serving me well to have that journey in public so I deleted it a decade ago. Since then I have maintained a kayak focused blog, more specifically one about Greenland style kayak rolling.
Presently I find myself needing an outlet for thoughts. Writing for me sometimes is the process by which I can expose and examine my thoughts. The process of peeling back the fog within, to discover the neurosis, to clarify the origin and let go, is not only healthy and necessary step for me to survive the current societal gestalt.
Of late, I have found myself blogging about subject matter that is irrelevant for my rolling blogs audience. Rather than dilute or pollute the purity of that destination, I have established this blog as a project to see if the separation of kayak rolling from my sharing my introspection allows both to flourish. I don’t know if this will survive, or indeed provide value to myself or others, I hope it will.
The name Conscious Strokes came to me this morning as a combination of two of my foci Mindfulness through meditation and yoga plus paddling through kayaking. The merger of the two, the incremental benefit each gives to the other is the locus of my focus, right here, right now. They are my Yin and Yang, through which everything is connected.