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Inspiration comes forth from within. It is what the light burning within you is about, as opposed to motivation, which is doing it because if you don’t do it, there will be negative repercussions. Motivation is making oneself do something one doesn’t really want to do. Inspiration is having the clear picture of what is wished for and letting Universal forces come into play to get the outcome. This helps bring perspective why some change or habits may last and others not.
For example, take exercise. If the reason that you exercise is because if you don’t you will have poor health later on – that may motivate you to keep exercising if health is something strong enough to keep you motivated long-term or it may not be enough. You may keep it up for awhile and if the motivation is lost, you will stop. On the other hand, if you can dig deep into the source of inspiration for the change, and connect this change to the core being – your soul – your inspiration vision, the change may stick. Using exercise again, if you change the “why” of your exercise regimen to exercising because your body is a temple and source of your creativity, you then exercise because it is part of your core being, not because of external motivation. In other words, when you are looking to adopt a new habit, or a change in your life, examine why you are doing it and the reasons behind it. Try and frame it in a way that fits into your overall inspiration vision of yourself and your life.
This requires spending time to assess what your overall “why” is to begin with. For some, it may be helpful to start at the end, and work way back. Look at the end of your life. What do you see? What are you doing? Who are you? Who is with you? What have you done with your life? In doing this, you can create an overall vision map of how you get to the end. Why you do anything you do each day when you get up. You then have choices each day, all day long. With each choice, you can ask yourself, how does this fit into my inspiration vision? Does it fit at all?
For many of us, some of what we do fits, but there are still many things that don’t. The challenge then is to decide if you stick to your overall vision, modify it, or ignore it. But if the inspiration of this vision, or whatever vision you create is truly what inspires you, then it will also inspire what you do along the way and your changes will stem from inspiration, instead of motivation.
Presence is the thread that weaves the rest of life together. Through this change, life takes on a hyper-awareness of actions, interactions, and thoughts. Presence goes hand in hand with awareness and acceptance. Spend a lot of your time just watching what you are doing or thinking, and trying to not be too attached to what is happening. This change is a way of being and a practice in progress. Catch yourself being caught up in emotions and reactions to situations that are not going the way you would like them to, and realize that the inner need to want to control everything so that it is perfect. Insight does not equal wisdom. One might have gained a lot of insight, but not yet wise to let go of the emotional response.
Synchronicity is being in tune with everything around you to draw something to you that is directly in line with what you are asking for, needing, or wanting. Synchronicity is like a Super Power when you are tuned in. It is one of those powers that quietly hide when your connection is corroded, so you don’t realize it’s not there. But when the connection is repaired, it is all around you. Not chance, or coincidence, but synchronicity.
How much we actually neglect mindfully practicing gratitude! Start a practice of writing down 5 things you are grateful for every day. It kind of may irritate you that you need to make this a practice in order to do it. Let it become part of your morning inspiration practice: Write down 5 things, set an intention for the day, and then meditate.
Dieting is not connected with inspiration, only with motivation. When feeling motivated, we may not put crap into our body. But when one is not motivated, one is mindless about what goes into one’s body. Focus on connecting health and exercise with vision and find out if this works.
Being vulnerable is what allows us to make new connections and deepen existing connections. Do you act from motivation, inspiration or a combination of the two? What works for you?
We only have one shot to make our world the place we want it to be. To make it something we can be proud of and something we would proudly hand over to the next generation. It is time we all looked at our everyday life and ask, "What can I do today that will help the next generation so they can live the life I envision?"
Each one of us can better this world. It is our accountability to strive to find solutions to the problems we inherited. We should see opportunities to inspire the next generation of leaders so that they too can enjoy our world and its entire splendor. We are all stewards of His creations. We have the liability to care for ourselves, our environment and for each other. Each day is a new opportunity to create a difference. We should become conscious of our personal talents and find ways to apply them to affect change. Take the time to show others how important it is to get involved and then lead by example. Problems can seem overwhelming on the surface, but if we address it with a sense of commitment and purpose; we will promptly see that we are not alone and that together we have what it takes to change the world.
Dwelling on the "how did this happen" deprive us of prized time that could be spent on creating the solution. Each one of us has the ability to envision the type of world and environment we would like to live in; it is within our reach to fulfill that vision. Anybody can make a difference… if I can, you can too. Ask yourself, "What would I like to see changed in my world?" and then ask yourself, "What can I do to make the change a reality?" We care about our environment and about all the living creatures in it. Seek ways to protect what we hold dear to us and ask others to do the same. Think about others first, including all the animals, before thinking about personal gain.
There is more to life than just you, try to see beyond the reflection in the mirror and look deeper and try to find a way to help those that are less fortunate. Anything is possible if you believe.
Breathe in the mountain air and gaze out over expansive grounds glistening and dewy from the sunrise. Observe silence during breakfast hours. How one can manage with our friends together without talking and laughing … impossible! We might not make it through the next 15 minutes. We work around noise all day. Isn’t silence what we want? Why do we always have to talk anyway?
Hold the food on tongue a bit longer and notice the flavors in a refreshing way. During this time don’t converse, read or watch TV. You can feel the textures and the tastes fill the taste buds. Silence overflows from body, mind and soul as if it were always there; as if it was always your way of being. Just notice the view of the sky, mountains and valleys, our own mind-chatter and to-do lists rest blissfully now. Pure silence while eating with friends feels amazing. Many feel discomfort in silence, especially when with friends.
I wonder what we are all always chatting about! What level of our most authentic selves is being covered up because we so rarely sit together in silence? What levels of anxiety are we frequently releasing and soothing, back and forth, among one another? Which silly jokes can go left unsaid here and there to let in a little more truth in silence?
By sitting in silence, alone or with others, we give the brain a rest and allow our deepest selves to just be. We move and behave differently in the world when we are coming from a place of simply being. We are scared of the feelings that come up in silence. We feel uncomfortable in our insecurities and our fears. We live in a society filled with distractions to choose from. Happy thoughts fill us in silence. Sadness, nervousness and fear also fill us in silence. When we sit as conscious observers of our own feelings, we are allowing our whole selves to just be, without judgment. We are awake and peaceful. Tranquility fills us in silence. Enter the silence of your deepest self and truest self will ease into you.
To feel wholeness and connectedness from silence, choose one meal a day that you will eat in complete silence, without any distractions. Allow thoughts, to-do lists and feelings to pass by like logs floating away, down a river. Simply observe what comes up and allow it to pass on by. Plan to walk in silence from one point to another, and then back again. Observe any uncomfortable feelings that emerge, and observe how you feel once you have eased into your own silence.
When something really exciting or positive happens in life or work, stay in that place of blissful silence before telling others about it. Stay with the feelings you have about this positive occurrence. Bring your happy energy into your day, knowing you will tell the good news once you are ready. Observe when you are eating, shopping, watching TV or engaging in other behaviors for the purpose of distraction. Be the compassionate mother to yourself, and allow all of your feelings to be without judgment.