This month I’ve been pondering the idea of Inspiration.
There have been a few things that have really inspired me and so I got to thinking about Inspiration itself, the word, the meaning and it’s origins!
inspiration definition and etymology
- Inspire in-spīr′ to breathe into: to draw or inhale into the lungs: to infuse by breathing, or as if by breathing: to infuse into the mind: to instruct by divine influence: to instruct or affect with a superior influence
- Inspire to draw in the breath
Chambers’s Twentieth Century Dictionary
in – (Latin) in
Spirare – (Latin) to breathe
inspirare (Latin) – to blow into, breathe upon; inspire
inspiracion (old French) – inhaling, breathing in; inspiration
inspiration 1300 – immediate influence of God/Divine
What I do know is that Inspiration has the ability to move us from a place of apathy towards a place of new possibility. It has the potential to provide us with the dynamic motivation needed to take action and to rise above current thinking, opening up new creative channels of divinely inspired possibility.
So in the current climate it seems we need inspiration more than ever before!
Different things inspire different people. Stepping out of the everyday mundane creates opportunities for inspiration. Exposing ourselves on a regular basis to new experiences and new ways of thinking is an important part of inviting inspiration into our lives.
I’ve been actively inviting inspiration into my life this last month or so and I’ve realised that for me inspiration and creativity are so often intertwined. When I’m in a creative space I’m often inspired and when I’m inspired it feels like creative energy or energy from source runs through me.
So… I’ve been stepping out of the daily ‘to do’s’ and the ‘should do’s,’ and all those things that come with running a business, in order to create space for more inspiration and creativity in my life. At the end of the day everyone around us benefits when we operate from that place of being divinely inspired to take action.
I’ve really enjoyed the shift and I’ve noticed that it’s actually helped me to take more action and has allowed me to be even more productive in my work.
However, I quickly realised that I needed to be kinder to myself, we are often our own hardest taskmaster aren’t we, and I needed to give myself permission to take time to enjoy the things I love to do in order to allow inspiration and creativity to come visit and play with me.
From a bigger picture perspective, if we are to create the recipe for a new, beautiful and sustainable way of life, inspiration is an important ingredient.
I hope that I’ve inspired you to think more about the role of Inspiration in your life and about what new thing/s you could do today or this week to invite
inspiration into your life. The more that we all live our lives from a place of inspiration rather than fear and apathy, which I truly believe is the ‘dis’ease we
face right now, the more our beautiful planet will shift into a place of higher vibrations of love, peace and connection.
Here are some things that have inspired me this month:
Book – The midnight Library – Matt Haig
An utterly beautiful book, read it, savour it and share it.
‘Between life and death there is a library,’ she said. ‘And within that library, the shelves go on forever. Every book provides a chance to try another life you could have lived. To see how things would be if you had made other choices…Would you have done anything different, if you had the chance to undo your regrets? The Midnight Library
Film – My Octopus teacher (Netflix)
A filmmaker forges an unusual friendship with an octopus living in a South African kelp forest, learning as the animal shares the mysteries of her world.
Films – Climate change crisis
It’s so easy these days to despair about climate change and to feel powerless as an individual. What can we actually do to make a change and is it even possible to halt or even reverse the damage already done. These two powerful documentaries give a history of how we have ended up in the position we find ourselves in but also simple strategies that could make a huge difference. Both inspired watching!
A life on our planet – David Attenborough in his own words, his witness statement. (Netflix)
Kiss the ground (Netflix)