September 27

  

Today's quotation:

I learned.. . that inspiration does not come like a bolt, nor is it kinetic, energetic, striving, but it comes to us slowly and quietly and all the time, though we must regularly and every day give it a little chance to start flowing, prime it with a little solitude and idleness.


Brenda Ueland

Today's Meditation:

Inspiration is just another thing that we misunderstand because we've been taught about it incorrectly.  I used to think novelists were "inspired," until I wrote four of the things myself-- believe me, the inspiration part was gone very quickly, and what was left was a lot of work.  I enjoyed the work, but I certainly was cured of my illusions of inspiration.

The best poetry is created during the revision process-- there are very few brilliant poems that haven't been reworked over and over again.  That's where the craft comes in, and that's where the deeper elements of the poem come to be.

I like the quotation by a composer who said something to the extent of "I don't work because I'm inspired; I find inspiration because I'm working."

Inspiration is in all of us.  It's not a bolt of lightning from heaven, but a part of ourselves that lies dormant for a very long time until the conditions are right for it to make its way into the light-- and we're the only ones who can make the conditions right for our own inspiration to affect us.  We don't have to seek inspiration-- rather, we have to create conditions in which it's possible for inspiration to thrive.

Peace and quiet.  Being in a relaxed state in a relaxing place.  Being good to ourselves; loving and trusting ourselves.  Letting our minds rest from their constant stress and strife.  Listening closely to others rather than formulating responses as they talk.  Accepting things that we used to think were unacceptable.  Our inspiration lies in us like a spring of clear, pure water that can't make its way out until we prepare a way for it.  Inspiration doesn't just happen; it takes work.  And inspiration isn't for just a select few-- it's in all of us.

When are you going to let yours out and allow it to affect your life in beautiful ways?

Questions to consider:

When was the last time you felt truly inspired?  What caused it?

How might you bring more inspiration into your life?

How can you prepare your mind and heart to be fertile ground in which inspiration can prosper when you bring it into your life?

For further thought:

You need not leave your room.  Remain sitting at your table and listen.  You need not even listen, simply wait, just learn to become quiet, and still, and solitary.  The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked.  It has no choice; it will roll in ecstasy at your feet.

Franz Kafka

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