I’ve been feeling a little lackluster in the inspiration arena this past week or so. Granted, I’ve been traveling for work and came home only to be greeted by a nasty cold, so really, I haven’t had much time to be completely inspired. I find this feeling creeps up when I’ve bitten off more than I can chew or if my energies are not really focused in the right areas. It can be a little unnerving for me but I know from experience that inspiration will come knockin’ at my door sooner or later.
I wouldn’t say I’m having a writer’s block, but more a creativity gap. I know that it will pass as soon as I get back to my regularly scheduled activities, but it often leaves me feeling anxious. I hear this little voice in the back of my mind that says “you know, you haven’t posted recently” or “when was the last time you picked up your book,” things of that nature. When this voice creeps up, I try, with as much patience and non-judgment as possible, to relax and let go. I remind myself that this blog will be here when I’m ready and I know it’s better to write about things that are important to me than to force the fluff. I feel like I’ve set some interminable deadline for myself, or rather, my overly ambitious self has set for myself, and I have to work to calm the little voice inside so that I can focus on the task at hand. Then, when there’s enough space, I start to find ways to ignite inspiration again.
Since so much of what I write is linked to what is going on in my life I like to take some extra time to sit and breathe and experience the moment. That means I’ve more than likely put down the iPod and turned off the radio or television. From there I will journal or “talk through” some ideas that have been rumbling through my mind staying away from anything that will require too much extra work. I’ve learned that at times like this, the extra work, which is usually fun and exciting for me, can quickly put out any little flames I’m working to nurture. If it’s nice outside, I might take a walk or go sit under a tree and just watch the world go by. Of course, coming to my mat is always inspirational, so I also aim to get in an extra practice or spend a few more minutes meditating. I continue to do these little things until once again I’m ready to let the creativity roll!
So, all that being said, I’m curious. What inspires you? What sparks the embers of your creativity? What activities or practices do you use to tap into your creative side?
[photo by Lars Christopher Nøttaasen]