What prevents us
from tuning into the muse of inspiration more? Are we perhaps lulled into
complacency by our routines and the constant push to get things done and get
from here to there and take care of this and that? Are we too distracted by internal chatter – our shoulds and
those we pick up from others – and the noise of social media and media in
general? Inspiration can often strike in a moment, so it isn’t necessarily that
we need more time but instead a certain
quality of time. We may need to carve
out space internally, to invite moments of reflection and the courage to ask
the hard questions. Here are some ideas to invite inspiration:
1.Pay attention to
what intrigues you. What kinds of books, movies, biographies, television shows do
you find most fascinating? Why? Is this perhaps a rope extended to you from the
universe, beckoning you forward? A friend in her sixties recently signed up for
a local improv class. She had never done anything like it but felt intrigued by
the class when she saw an ad for it. She signed up before her reason or fear
could talk her out of it, and now, four weeks in, she loves it!
2.Pay attention to
what excites you– especially your most outlandish dreams. If you won
the Powerball tomorrow, what would be the first thing you would change about
your life? The second? What new adventures or activities might you pursue? Where
would you live? Where would you travel? What is stopping you from pursuing that dream now?
Look for signs to pull you forward into a new reality. What steps
can you take now?
3.Cultivate a sense
of whimsy and play. When was the last time you did something truly silly – for no
reason at all? Think Monty Python’s Ministry of Silly Walks, cartoon voices,
and fun-loving practical jokes. Seriousness can be heavy, and inspiration
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4.Be a beginner
again. It’s easy to stay comfortable in all we know, but our life may
be inviting us to step outside our comfort zone and try something new. Have you
always wanted to play guitar? Learn to tango? Speak Italian? Experiencing what
it is to be a beginner again may open the gates for inspiration to enter.
5.Dare to dive into
mystery. Watch a foreign film without
the subtitles. Take a road
trip to a town an hour away where you’ve never been, just to explore. Open a
book at random to see what sentences leap off the page for you.
new ways to expand your social circle. Other people’s perspectives widen our own.
Familiar faces often mean familiar conversations. New people can bring new
ideas and new insights. Consider volunteering, joining a group of people with
shared interests on Meetup.com, or joining a team at a local sport and social
“inspiration routine”.Kristi Hedges in
Harvard Business Review suggests people pick a new activity and then create
a structure to build it into their weekly, monthly, or yearly routine. Make
your inspiration-seeking activities a part of your non-negotiable schedule:
yearly writing retreats, a new museum every quarter, a different professional event
every month, reading graphic novels every Thursday morning. Whatever calls to
you – create a devoted space for it in your life. William Faulkner has been
credited with saying, “I only write when inspiration strikes. Fortunately, it
strikes every morning at nine.” Showing up and honoring our commitment to our
inspiration routine opens the door for inspiration to enter.
8.Be curious. Elizabeth Gilbert
believes that curiosity is the secret to creative living. She invites: “Do
whatever brings you to life. . . Follow your own fascinations, obsessions, and
compulsions. Trust them. Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart.”
Following our curiosity can surprise and delight us.
Venart is the Founder of The Resiliency Center. She is a Licensed Professional
Counselor, Certified EMDR Therapist, and EMDRIA-Approved Consultant who
specializes in providing counseling and mentorship to other therapists and
working to empower Highly Sensitive Persons to heal the wounds of the past so
that they can embrace their gifts more fully and experience greater joy. Learn
more at www.elizabethvenart.com.