5 Ways to Move Toward Inspiration

{Etsy print by SpoiledRoyalStudios}

{Etsy print by SpoiledRoyalStudios}

Not many people realize it. But inspiration takes work. If you’re feeling uninspired, read these top 10 ways you can lift your spirit, nourish your soul and dig into what really matters. You may find it’s surprisingly easy to get your inspiration on. Jump in and be inspired!

1) Move your nose.

One way to get inspired is to tickle your senses. Smell is a powerful memory keeper and maker. A whiff of suntan lotion can take me back to the beach while the smell of plumerias returns me to my youth.

Try it: Visit a tea shop and breathe in the various subtle scents. Linger at a perfume counter. Revisit an old relationship through a past fragrance. Before you eat a meal, close your eyes and inhale deeply.

2) Move your toes.

Thank you Jack Johnson and Colbie Caillat for bringing attention to this often neglected part of our bodies. Toes are fun, playful, and can inspire us if we let it.

Try it: Wiggle out of your shoes for once and walk barefoot at home or outdoors. Feel the dirt or sand in between them. Get a pedicure to celebrate them.

Blue toes

*UpDate – Yes my foot looks like a hand. It’s pretty freaky actually! But try not to think about that. I really wanted to show you my bold new blue nail polish. I had fun with this one and for a good cause too. The Hoala spa at Ala Moana did a spa-a-thon tonight and participated in the cut-a-thon a few weeks ago. All the proceeds to these pampering services went to the local chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, which helps improve water quality on the island of Oahu.

3) Move your ears.

We take our hearing for granted. Traffic, ear buds, the news, all can desensitize us to the beauty of sound.

Try it: Go on a sound fast. Shut off your television and computer. Turn off your smart phone. Leave your e-reader on your nightstand. The best thing I ever did for myself was go on a silent retreat. It was so quiet, the frogs outside appeared to be croaking in stereo sound. If you can’t go away on a formal retreat, create a silent weekend, day, hour or even a moment to let your ears fast.

4) Move your mind.

Puzzles have been shown to prevent memory loss. But if it’s not your thing, don’t do it. There are other ways to sharpen the mind and welcome inspiration.

Try it: Take that class that you’ve always wanted to try. Be bold. Be courageous! Remember what it was like to be a babe when everything was new. Do something that would make your friend look at you in awe and say, “You! You did that?!”

5) Move your body.

Dance, play, build, create. Do something that involves your entire body. Shake off what’s bothering you. Loosen what’s tight.

Try it: Get a massage. Take a dance class. Do tai chi at home. Try yoga. The more ridiculous you feel, the better. You’re not trying to win an award. You’re trying to release the fears attached to making a fool of yourself. You’re trying to let openness in. Move your body and you will create more flow and zeal in your life.

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When Creativity Stops

{by The Inspiring Bee}

You might have experienced a flow of creativity in the past. Ideas were popping. Creativity was flowing. And then zilch. Just like that the river’s run dry. Does this mean you pack your bags and fly toward a new career?

Nope. Not quite.

Like anything else, creativity has its ups and downs. Just because you’re soaring on creativity Cloud Nine doesn’t mean you won’t end up in a valley somewhere. Similarly if you’re stuck in a creative rut, don’t give up just yet. You’ll eventually get back to the mountains.

The thing is we only ever hear about the triumph, the success stories, the grand accomplishments. We rarely hear about the failure, the surmounting challenges, being in the midst of defeat.

Most people want to glorify the former and forget about the latter. Either that or like labor, we forget about the pain it took to birth that beautiful baby.

In Jonah Lehrer’s new book Imagine: How Creativity Works he magically says the following. Yes I said magically. More on that later.

“Every creative journey begins with a problem. It starts with a feeling of frustration, the dull ache of not being able to find the answer. We have worked hard, but we’ve hit the wall…”

It’s a normal part of the journey. But as Lehrer points out. Here’s where the magic comes in.

“When we tell one another stories about creativity, we tend to leave out this phase of the creative process. We neglect to mention those days when we wanted to quit, when we believed that our problems were impossible to solve. Because such failures contradict the romantic version of events-there is nothing triumphant about a false start-we forget about them…Instead, we skip straight to the breakthroughs.”

The magical part is two-fold: 1) He reveals the truth no one likes to talk about-that all creative success involves failure. 2) It’s a natural step in the course of creativity.

The answer lies not in doing more work, forcing yourself to become creative or even giving up completely.

It’s in taking a break from finding out what’s next. It’s the unknown that holds your answer.

So the next time you feel frustrated and catch yourself in the midst of a difficult problem, don’t sweat it. The answers will come. Creativity will flow again.

Your biggest enemy toward your creativity isn’t outside yourself. It’s your own negative, critical thoughts and fears that hold you back.

When creativity stops, rest. And rest assure, the floodgates will eventually open again.

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