As I write this article, I am sitting in my living room at 5 o’clock in the morning. It’s pitch dark outside and most people are still tucked in their bed sound asleep. Why on earth would I get up at such an ungodly time to work? Well, it seems that early morning is when I can deeply tap into my creativity and inspiration.
There is something special about being awake when the rest of the world isn’t. There’s a stillness that exists before the day starts. And I’m not the only one that feels this way. Wayne Dyer, the father of motivation, often shares this quote by the poet Rumi:
“The morning breeze has secrets to tell. Do not go back to sleep.”
Morning is the time when my mind is the clearest and ideas seem to flow through much more freely. Now, I am not saying that starting today, you have to get up at the crack of dawn to get your creative juices flowing. This is just one of the ways I realized I was able to tap into inspiration.
The topic of inspiration is often associated with artists like writers or painters but inspiration is actually in every one of us. I used to think that I wasn’t really the inspired type. I worked in the corporate world and was known for my mad planning and budget management skills. Not exactly the pinnacle of creativity. But because my job didn’t allow me to fully explore my creative side, I started searching for ways to connect to it outside of business hours.
My first encounters with inspiration were in the kitchen. I noticed a feeling of pure joy when I was baking a cake or whipping up a healthy dinner. I wanted to share those happy moments, so I started posting photos of my culinary creations on social media. People immediately responded with positive feedback, saying that my pictures were inspiring them to make a good meal and they wanted me to share my favourite recipes.
That eventually led me to start this blog. The initial idea was to feature food-related content but it quickly evolved into something bigger. I wanted to create a space where I could share what inspired me from cooking to spirituality. You see, inspiration isn’t just composing a grandiose symphony or creating a sculpture that will sit in a world-renowned museum. Inspiration is about creation, period. It can be creating a masterpiece in the kitchen, building a business or following whatever wild and amazing idea that comes into your imagination. Everything you see around you started out as an idea is someone’s mind.
So why should you bother trying to find your inspiration? In my opinion, when you feel inspired, it’s because you are in touch with your true self, your purpose. At one point or another, as human beings, we all ask ourselves what we are meant to do during our time here on earth. So what if inspiration was a way for you to find what your role, your contribution is supposed to be? That’s pretty major. This quote from Martha Graham summarizes perfectly why I believe that following your inspiration is so important:
“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open…”
If you want to learn more about how to get inspired, read this post to discover fun tools that can allow you to experience inspiration, even if you aren’t sure what that feels like just yet. Have a great day my lovelies!