longing for inspiration


What is this thing we call inspiration? According to the Google-machine inspiration is "the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative." Mentally stimulated, huh? This feels off to me.

Isn't inspiration more emotional than mental? More visceral... as in taking place and felt somewhere within the body instead of the mind? Maybe it's all semantics but calling inspiration "mental" strikes of something too cerebral to me... something void of the deep, primal emotion and feeling that fills the heart and inspires the blossoming of flowers, the writing of symphonies, the birth of babies.

It's a force at work in the Universe that I dare to call a version of love itself - like kindness, compassion, tenderness, and hope. Inspiration is something like a longing.... a yearning to create in the act of being a part of something bigger than oneself. It's an awareness of something more, something hidden that can only be brought out by you. Only you. It's the Universe's first feeling - the original desire of creation - alive within your every atom.

To be inspired is to be in love with the world around you and to continually seek to surrender to that ecstasy of love again and again... knowing that the world loves you in return. Because you are the Universe looking back at itself, creating with every breath, every step, every heartbeat, every brush stroke and color...

Journal/Sketch Prompt: What does inspiration mean to you? Don't worry about getting fancy about it. Simply write down the word "inspiration" in the middle of a blank page and free associate all over the your paper with other words, phrases, or doodles that relate to that one idea. Alternately/additionally what inspires you? Try the same free association of words and images but with the phrase "inspires me" in the center of your page.

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