Thursday, June 16, 2011
“Without inspiration the best powers of the mind remain dormant. There is a fuel in us which needs to be ignited with sparks” by Johann Gottfried Von Herder.
Inspiration is the topic of the post on the blog ‘Thought for the day’ today. It is one of the essential things in our daily lives. We need it wherever, whenever, whoever we go with and are. We need it at our work, in business type relationships, creative activities, daily routine, families and even our leisure time. Most probably you are aware of the fact how difficult it is to start a new working week and how badly you need inspiration to go to work and do the best job you can. I personally like reading inspirational Bible verses to push me up: http://bible-verse-of-the-day-blog.blogspot.com/p/inspirational-bible-verses.html. You need to find inspiration each morning to do mundane things of life and feel joy at the same time. I have good news for you, it is possible to lead an ordinary life and be inspired daily.
How I define inspiration
Firstly I want to tell you that I see difference between inspiration and motivation. I hope to talk about the latter tomorrow. I define inspiration as an aroused emotion or a feeling that moves you to do things according to the nature of the feeling or emotion. This feeling can be aroused by some understanding, revelation, illumination, good weather, nice music and very many other things or people. As highly emotional states cannot last for a long time, inspiration is usually short term. Depending on your reaction to the stimulus and the power of your stimulus you may even feel tired after being inspired for a longer period of time.
Positive and negative effect of inspiration
This may sound negative, but it is not. It adds you extra energy, allows you to enjoy your activities more and most important it gives you pleasure to do those mundane things in life. Problems start when you don’t do anything without inspiration. You should not get addicted to it. There will be days when you feel it more, and days when you feel it less, or do not feel at all. It does not mean you don’t have to go to work or go only when inspiration comes back. No, you should learn to combine it with logical thinking and your responsibilities. You should also learn how to attract inspiration.
How do you attract inspiration?
Morning is the time you want to get it. Reading some inspirational thoughts in the morning could be a good place to start. Thinking about good things that have happened in your life is also recommended. Listening to calm and inspiring music is another thing you might try. A cup of black coffee helps me to arise some positive feelings too. Doing light physical exercises will keep your blood running faster and this will help you to feel better and more open for inspiration to come. You could try a piece of black chocolate or any other thing for ‘self indulgence’. I would recommend mixing those activities. Try thinking, doing, listening, eating, drinking, praying and etc. This would affect your whole personality, not just one piece of it. And you will get inspired much faster. Good luck.