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What Does It Mean to Live an Inspired Life?
I love the phrase “an inspired life.” It sounds musical and rolls easily off the tongue. Just to say, “I am living an inspired life” makes me feel more expansive. It is a feel-good phrase, but what does it really mean?
Inspiration originally meant to receive an idea or truth from a divine power. In other words, something bigger than yourself steps in and gives you the answer, solves the puzzle, or plants a big glowing arrow pointing you to the best path. Awesome, right? I bet you have had at least one quandary in your life that left you stumped until the answer dropped into your lap, came out of the blue, or just appeared in some unexpected way, place or time. What if you could receive that sort of guidance whenever you needed it? When you are living an inspired life you create an atmosphere that welcomes divine intervention, you know how to recognize it, and you use it to move confidently toward your dreams.
Welcoming Inspiration Everyday
Traditionally, inspiration has been viewed as a rare gift parceled out to a lucky few. In creative fields, it’s often cited as that one special ingredient and that makes an artist an Artist. It’s the difference between the sketch artist and Michelangelo, the greeting card writer and Maya Angelou, or your brother’s garage band and Prince. In the old worldview, inspiration is perceived as the exclusive privilege of the one percent. That seems like a mean way for the universe to work!
Rather than thinking of a higher power randomly doling out wisdom on a whim, imagine a life where inspiration is always there, a line of energy ready for us to tap into it. We live daily in the potential for inspiration. When we tap in, miracles can happen. The connection is always open and flowing, all we have to do is listen and allow.
So how do we tap in? The simplest, and often most powerful way is to ask in the format that resonates with you: prayer, meditation, affirmations, Body Talk, journaling, etc. It can be general (I welcome inspiration into my life) or specific (Please help me communicate with the new boss.). A clear SOS to God, your higher power, the universe, the angels, will give you a chance to lay that burden down and move on.
I invite you to create a fun ritual. Some of my favorites are:
1. Everything’s a sign day: Just for a day, look for the deeper meaning in whatever you encounter. Is the song playing when you turn on your car relevant to a current situation? Does the weather match your mood or is it coaxing you out of it? Give a casual conversation attention as if it were a secret message just for you. Are there colors, words, or images that repeat? Can you use any of this to help resolve your issue? Keep it fun and you may find some amazing tools to get you unstuck from a stubborn problem. Caveat: Use this sparingly and with tongue firmly in cheek. If it feels obsessive or anxious, give it a pass.
2. Say yes to everything day: This is great if you are struggling with making a choice. For a day or a week, say yes to every opportunity that comes your way. This exercise can shake you out of indecisiveness and lead to new experiences. Personally, “yes days” gave me unexpectedly rich experiences like a trip to Tuscany and taking an art class that ignited my creativity.
3. Say no to everything day: Conversely, if you are feeling overwhelmed, give yourself permission to pass on everything for just one day or any set timeframe. You will find that the world will keep spinning even if you miss a lunch meeting or defer a household chore. Trust that the universe will not send that one chance to finally learn salsa dancing on your “no” day!
These exercises all share a sense of play with the concept of destiny, chance, or divine intervention. Finding light-hearted ways to connect to this energy invites inspiration into your daily life.
Have fun and do let me know what you’re discovering as you live your inspired life.
Next time: Using Inspiration to Enrich Your Life