You have a blog post to write, or a party to plan. Perhaps you need to come up with an essay topic, or solve some work-related problem? You know what you need, and it seems to be alluding you, hiding out like some child who doesn’t want to do his chores – out of sight, out of mind. And out of heart.
If you’ve been following this series, you’ll know that the not-so-big-secret to addressing and undressing your stress has to do with the heart – when you learn to improve your heart rate variability—see H – Heart—inspiration just seems to bubble up. It does for me.
It wasn’t always that way, though. Decades of an ever-narrowing, self-imposed, stress-induced prison had extinguished that flame of inspiration that burns within all of us. Ideas, if they came, were never good enough. Writing was something I didn’t do, unless it was for Christmas cards, a report, or other work-related scribing.
That all changed when I was nudged into writing a newsletter and a blog for my business. I was surprised that I could do it, and do it consistently. It is a labour of love. In fact, it’s not labour, at all! That bubbling up I was talking about – well, it feels like the ideas effervesce up from my heart through to the ends of my fingers – almost as if I don’t have to think.
Inspiration is that feeling of being in the flow. The great news is that it is available to you, at any age, at any time, when you begin to balance your nervous system. But, the key is that you have to start, and like any skill, you need to put the time in to develop it. The great news here is that you don’t need a lot of time because once you learn the techniques and know what it feels like you can do them on the operating table, in rush hour traffic, or just before you sit down to eat.
Next time you need a helping of inspiration, go and do something totally unrelated, something you love, if only for a few minutes. See what happens next.