Wednesday, 11 July 2007

The Yin and Yang of Inspiration......

Inspiration is a dynamic force. Patanjali, the great Indian sage, many centuries ago said 'When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break your bonds, your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world.'

On the other hand inspiration is nurtured through space and a slow pace. Inspiration cannot be forced. It needs to breathe. It needs space. For instance The artist Degas grew up in a wealthy family where he was able to fully indulge his love of painting. When he hit 60 he looked back on his life and concluded that his work had been a waste of time. He retreated to his studio determined to re-inspire himself. Over the next 20 years he produced some of his greatest masterpieces. A wise person would ponder on this.

All great projects are born in moments of pure inspiration. It is no coincidence that some of the world's most higly paid people are in the business of inspiring others, namely film stars, performers, and sportsmen and women. Financial consultant and author (of Getting Rich your own Way) Srully Blotnick studied over a thousand men and women and broke apart the then popular myth that money comes to a person by doing the things they least want to do. He found that the most successful people were doing things and work that inspired them. Does this say anything to you?

Your independent yang/masculine side seeks activity and challenge in the world. Your relational yin/feminine side seeks stillness and reflection in the world. Inspiration is generated through either yin or yang. How about immersing yourself in something inspirational today? You could read an inspiring book or poem, listen to some uplifting music, or go for a walk in nature. Or you could do something more dynamic like go and meet some inspirational people, start a new project or change your life in some way. Fancy a little inspiration today?


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