I – Inspiration

Day 11

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 yet 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, 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 enoughWriting 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. 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.

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One Reply to “I – Inspiration”

  1. I have found that mindfulness meditation has increased my creativity… I thought that this was because it helps you become more aware of your emotions but now that I’m reading your post about the connection of heart rate and inspiration, it sounds like the relaxation component may also be playing a role.

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