Waiting around for inspiration to “strike” is like anticipating the next bolt of lightning so you can see where you’re going. There isn’t anything you can “do” to make it happen, so you stumble along on your own.
What is inspiration, anyway?
Inspiration is: 1) an inspiring or animating action or influence; 2) a divine influence directly and immediately exerted upon the mind or soul; 3) the drawing of air into the lungs; inhalation. Therefore, to inspire yourself is a divine action.
Most importantly, inspiration is a breath away.
Here is why this is important. Imagine what would change if you could be inspired whenever it was needed. Have a project that has gotten stalled? Your kids’ clamoring for a bedtime story that haven’t heard before? Size has no bearing on the call for inspiration.
How Can You Inspire Yourself?
Ever notice how when you are working hard to solve a problem, the solution seems elusive? Then answers come to you while sleeping, in the shower, taking a walk, or cooking dinner. They come when you are relaxed.
Here is the key: Inspiration is rooted in the act of breathing. In being relaxed. Breathing not only keeps your physical body alive, it energizes you. Remember that the breath has intelligence. Think about it. Even without your intervention, your body knows exactly how to work with the chemical interaction needed for your breath to keep you alive.
Yet there is far more taking place than a simple exchange of gases. The breath has an energetic charge that your body is decoding all the time.
When you bring your awareness to your breath with your body relaxed, you electrify it. Your thoughts expand so that you are able to connect with fresh possibilities. When you breathe with a feeling of appreciation for receiving, you open the door to connecting with your divine inspiration.
When you breathe with a feeling of appreciation for receiving, you open the door to connecting with your divine inspiration. @TheBacaJourney (Click to Tweet!)
Life is so much bigger than you realize.
How Silence is Connected with Purpose
Physicists continue to discover previously unknown dimensions. Think of the vastness of all there is, including what is yet-to-be discovered, as Universal Mind. When you quiet yourself, and enter into the deep inner silence, you are able to connect with Universal Mind. With this connection alive within you, you connect with aspects of life that are outside the realm of what you already know. You are connected with the flow of life. This is how you inspire yourself.
In the silence, dimensions that were outside of your conscious awareness can come to your attention. As you bring these into your life, your intellect is not abandoned; it simply moves into an expanded relationship with these dimensions.
In the silence, as your breath brings calm to your body, a renewed connection with purpose comes alive.
The breath has the potential to connect you with your purpose. Remember, purpose is not static. It is not something you “discover” once and then you’re done. It’s something you feel, a dynamic that is always unfolding.
Stay Aligned with Purpose
So, how do you stay aligned with purpose? That’s what we all want to be able to do, right?
It happens through the breath. When you bring consciousness to the breath, you are able to feel the ongoing support of your inner connection.
Each interaction in the quiet brings you to trusting and knowing more about your intimate relationship with Self.
Moment-by-moment you can engage with life in the present. When you are present, the past disappears. As you stay in the present moment, life becomes more of a dance. You have a gentle participation with life that is inspired.
You are connected with the pulse of life.
Do you pay regular visits to yourself? Start now. ~ Rumi
Because 2018 is the time for you, isn’t it? And that’s right here.
Laurie Seymour is a mentor/guide, #1 best-selling author, host of the Wisdom Talk Radio podcast and founder of The Baca Journey. She helps women and men who are in the midst of great change to have a direct experience of their inner wisdom, dissolving self-doubt. Then she provides the strategies to sustain their inner connection so that they live the life they know is possible with confidence. Start now with a complimentary exploratory session (virtual tea!). Let’s explore where you’ve been and illuminate where you’re heading.
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