Be Well Be Happy

In order to be inspired, we have to feel things deeply. Get into the layers of our inner selves, deeper than the superficial stuff provided by our living day to day. Focusing on what is right in front of us, taking it all in and feeling stimulated by it. It is not a thinking experience; it is much more a feeling experience that kind of just happens. And when it does, there is that brief glimpse of awareness, recognition and knowing. 

Getting to that space is just a matter of being open to it. Not closed-in and regimented in what happens every day, and what needs to be done. Through conscious choice, no matter what is going on, we can open up to allow the coming in of inspiration. The Latin root of the word "inspire" is “spirare,” which means “to breathe.” No surprise to me because when I feel inspired, I feel full and expanded. The miracle of breath fills us and expands us. 

Inspiration has been attuned to artists to create their art, and can be extended to create something meaningful in any way. You can be inspired to care for someone, or begin an exercise, or create a new delicious dish for dinner, or put together an arrangement of plants that are pleasing to the eye, or make someone who is down feel uplifted by some kind words.  These are words and acts of inspiration that breathe life — energy = life force — to action. 

Acting on inspiration is the most natural and comfortable of any actions I have experienced. It just feels right. There is a spark—an idea that springs forth from a gut feeling, which is light and positive. Do this. Start that. Help that one. Be there for this. And on. These often come forth from another living entity: human, animal, bird, insect, plant life. 

So, there is the question, “What inspires me?” And then there is the question, “I am inspired to do what?” You can look at the first butterfly you see in the year and be inspired to create something or do something meaningful for someone. These are the experiences of inspiration we have from day to day life experience and the start to get to the inner layers. We take in a beauty or visual stimulation and translate that vision to one positive action. Beautiful.

As we integrate these deeper more thoughtful moments and these inspirational moments, more and more of our day-to-day lives become more meaningful. Little by little, everything is inspiring and meaningful. 

During my quest in younger days, I searched for the “meaning of life.” Bought books, read what I could, always asking whoever, esteemed or not, had something to say about it.  Never had blind faith, so needed the confirmation, so to speak. Not knowing at the time, that the answer was not out there, it is within me. In my inner self where inspiration lies comfortably, where balance and peace cradle, where spirituality is founded in this one self—one body, one mind, one heart and soul. 

May you be happy. May you be free. May you be grateful. May you let go of things that do not serve you. May you have inner peace. 

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