In order to be inspired, and thus creative, I need to achieve both inner and outer stillness, something incredibly hard for me, because I love "doing." I crave action. (My parents trained me well.) Yet, I know that when I am still, an inner spaciousness develops, that makes room for new information to arise. I also become aware of a deep, sacred part of my inner self. By being still, I become a witness to my inner self -- to my soul and spirit.
When I am busy constantly doing rather than being, there is no room for inspiration to occur. Instead I will be using all of my energy on tasks: making the beds, doing dishes, answering emails and checking the news. Granted, we all have multiple "half-to's" in life. But, as I grow older I realize I usually have a choice. I can use my energy to do routine tasks, go to lunch with a friend, or I can create something in my studio. It took me awhile, but I eventually learned to do tasks during my least creative times of the day. And, although meeting with friends is incredibly important to me, it does not take the same creative energy my art and writing take -- both highly introverted processes.
There are so many life events that pull us in multiple directions. In my book Break Through: Coping Skills for Chaotic Times, in the chapter "Stillness in Motion", I describe watching a hawk hovering high in the sky, despite the force of the wind. It appeared to glide effortlessly in one spot, for its wings didn't move. Yet it seemed intensely focused on the water and finding its next meal. It was a perfect picture of stillness-in-motion. In that moment the hawk became symbolic for me, of stillness in the face of the stiff winds of life. Like the hawk, we too can achieve stillness in the midst of our complicated lives, and in turn feed our creative spirits.
I also say in my book "...to see life from the still-point gives us peace. Only with internal and external peace can we become inspired and in turn creative." I agree with author Gore Vidal when he said, (I am paraphrasing) "Writers who choose to be active in the world lose not only time, but also stillness -- without which literature cannot be made."
This is so true of any creative venture.
How do you access inspiration?
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