Inspiration is a force of energy that drives, motivates and pushes us to grow, be open and think outside of the box. It can move us so much that we may turn our lives around, change direction or discover a new way of creating and living. I like to think of it as the never-ending muse and one that manifests in so many forms from art to connecting with new people and life experience.
Some days, months or years may feel more exciting and inspiring where other times it’s may feel as dry as a desert.
Even for me as a writer and creative thinker I sometimes find myself feeling stuck as if I hit a wall that feels impossible to climb. It’s a feeling so overwhelming that I don’t even know where to begin or what to do to be inspired again.
This happens to all of us at one point or another in our journeys of discovery, creating and soul-searching. We start off riding this phenomenal wave and then sometimes crash and burn wondering where to go next.
You may feel completely lost and oblivious on where to find your muse of inspiration again which can last for a brief time like a few hours or longer to months or years. Feeling uninspired can affect someone’s overall ability to create, think outside of the box or enjoy life again. You may feel blocked or as if you are on autopilot just doing the same thing every day.
Personally, inspiration is something I purposely seek out when I am feeling stuck. There are days when I let the pains of life get to me but then I force myself to move past it, to allow light into my life by taking baby steps forward.
Inspiration doesn’t always come as easily as we’d like it to. Sometimes we need a fresh perspective or experience to propel us to move through these blocks.
You may feel stuck emotionally, creatively, spiritually or in another area of your life without a compass pointing to what’s next. How can you break through these blockages and find inspiration again?
Here are a few things that have helped me in my ruts that may be helpful for you:
- Act– Finding inspiration requires us to take action. Do something, anything that interests you or peaks your curiosity. Do something out of the ordinary of your routine and interests. I had a friend who recently did an AIDS and found inspiration through a simple act of just signing up and doing something for a good cause. You can find inspiration anywhere at any time. Just be open to new possibilities and experiences.
- Nature– Take a walk outside, travel to a new destination or check out a natural attraction in your neighborhood or city. There are tons of new places to discover and beautiful landscapes to see and be inspired by. Nature is a natural magic in itself and one that is free. You can create your own garden, grow your own herbs or buy flowers to bring some color into your home.
- Observe– Pay attention to the little things around that intrigue you. Watch a film or movie on something that draws your attention. Go to the library or bookstore and find some new material to read or learn about. Walk around the city and observe the buildings, window displays, color schemes and life interactions.
- Heal & Let Go– Practicing forgiveness or letting go of an old grudge can be a huge catalyst for change and inspiration. Sometimes the best inspiration comes when we release some of the old blocks or cords to the past.
Seek out ways to heal some of your old wounds whether through creativity, exercise, meditation or find a practice that works for you.
One ritual someone suggested to me was to write a letter to the person or part of your past that hurt you, then burn and bury it in the ground as a way to release and let go. Find ways to start healing those parts of yourself that hold you back from feeling inspired and begin to let it go.
Inspiration is everywhere around and within us. Allow yourself the opportunity to be open and see the world with new eyes.