What Inspires You?

What Inspires You

Inspiration is the moment in which the spirit within is accessed and revealed. Inspiration dawns when something in your outer world sparks a flame within you and calls forth a message. It arrives to remind you that all your answers lie inside of you and that you alone are the wisest wizard in the kingdom.

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It is often easy to miss those moments until you learn to truly hear the inner “ding” and give it the space to emerge into your consciousness. As you move toward honoring your inner knowing, you can more easily recognize those moments of inspiration – many of which can be life-transforming.

Spending time in nature can be a wonderful source of inspiration. The natural world has an energy to it that can put you in touch with the deepest parts of yourself. Thoreau spend two years alone in the woods so he could commune with nature and access the wisdom inside him. It was there that he wrote some of his most inspiring work – much of which contains timeless wisdom that is every bit as valid and true a century later. He discovered that all his answers lay inside him, just as yours lie inside you. Swim in the ocean, climb a tree, hike a mountain, or simply take a long walk in the woods. Do whatever activity calls you to that will draw you into the rhythm of nature and draw out your natural instincts.

The arts can be another miraculous source of inspiration. Beautiful poetry or literature can open your heart and soul so that you may allow your innate knowledge to flow forth. A glorious piece of music or a magnificent painting can also spark a divine place within you. Each masterpiece was created in a moment of inspiration that can lead you back to your own.

You can keep an “inspiration box”, in which you can store quotes written on scrapes of paper and objects that inspire you. You can keep everything in there from a Chinese fortune that says, “You are your own deepest fountain” to a sparkly blue marble given to you by your friends or relatives. Whenever you feel lost, or in search of inspiration, you can always reach into the “inspiration box” and draws out something to put you in touch with your own wisdom.

What would you put in your inspiration box?

All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
―     J.R.R. Tolkien

“Find a purpose to serve, not a lifestyle to live.”
―     Criss Jami

“Use your imagination not to scare yourself to death but to inspire yourself to live.”
―    Adele Brookman