Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Effortlessly be your inspired self.

I wanted to write about inspiration, so I looked up the definition of "inspiration" in my dictionary (well of course I did because I'm such a highly intelligent brain box!)..the first definition reads, "Stimulation or arousal of the mind, feelings, etc, to special or unusual activity or creativity" and the last definition reads, "The act or process of inhaling; breathing in."
Over the years I have had the privilege of meeting folk who express their inspiration as effortlessly as breathing in.  I have come to believe that you can't force or make yourself feel or appear to others to be inspired - its either there or its not. There's nothing more uncomfortable than watching someone fake their excitement about a piece of creative work...when someone is truly inspired everyone feels it! Each of us has the capacity to feel inspired, but our busy lives often prevent us from really tapping into that aspect of ourselves.  One way to connect to that buzzing, simmering, patient part of you, is to make time to be quiet, go to beautiful places in nature or take yourself to an art gallery and just be present with your feelings.  With practice bit by bit you may start to feel a series of new feelings, and as you become aware of them you will start to recognise which direction or activity sparks your inspiration.  Living is one thing, but living while feeling inspired is quite another - and that capacity is within each and every one of us.
"One can be instructed in society, one is inspired only in solitude." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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