If you’re waiting for inspiration – you’ll never get it without taking action to clear what’s in your way.
Let’s look at the definition of Inspiration (Dictionary.com)
What is also interesting is the origin of the word: c.1300, “immediate influence of God or a god”, especially that under which the holy books were written, from O.Fr. inspiration, from L.L. inspiration (nom. inspiratio), from L. inspiratus, pp. of inspirare “inspire, inflame, blow into, “from in- “in” + spirare “to breathe” (see spirit).
I find it interesting that the metaphor of wind or breath is always used when discussing inspiration.
Take a moment to breathe. Close your eyes and notice what happens when you breathe.
Air passes into your lungs, automatically expanding them to create room for oxygen to enter your bloodstream. Your exhale forces breath out of your body and carries with it all the used air. Your lungs expand again as air enters, effortlessly. It is a reciprocal process.
Now try this: take a deep breath in. Hold it. Now breathe in again. My guess is that, unless you’re an athlete, you cannot add more to your already full lungs. You must exhale to create space. In this way, becoming inspired is connected to creating space.
When your lungs or constricted, collapsed, or already full – it is difficult to breathe. Similarly, when your life or mind is cluttered and constricted – or TOO full, or busy, you are in essence closing yourself off, restricting your ability to be open to that which you need to survive.
Whether your clutter is mental or physical – inspiration comes naturally when you create space for it.
What actions do you take to find inspiration? Please share your wisdom in the comment box below.