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what? a monday mediation on tuesday?

i must apologize, i seemed to have done something wrong when setting this post to publish at a later time. but here it is, i hope you enjoy it…

a meditation on inspiration…and breathing. at first glance this may seem a bit odd, but it will all make sense shortly.

as writers (creative individuals) we seek outlets for our ideas. on occasion we find ourselves stuck and seek out the “thing” that will inspire us. we may read a book or magazine, go to a movie or museum, take a walk in nature or through a busy city street. we look “outside” ourselves to find that something that may ignite a spark.

but maybe we should consider what is within. there is something very important to consider when seeking inspiration, truly understanding its meaning…

inspiration |ˌinspəˈrā sh ən|
1 the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, esp. to do something creative : Helen had one of her flashes of inspiration | the history of fashion has provided designers with invaluable inspiration.
• a person or thing that stimulates in this way : he is an inspiration to everyone.
• a sudden brilliant, creative, or timely idea : then I had an inspiration.
2 the drawing in of breath; inhalation.
• an act of breathing in; an inhalation.

did you catch that subtle way i highlighted the secondary meaning?

yes, inspiration is within us, in our every breathe!

i don’t know about you, but when i am feeling stuck on a project, or stuck for an idea, or stuck trying to motivate myself to do laundry or dishes i don’t breathe consistently. i sporatically hold my breath and my breathing becomes somewhat irregular. then i lose my focus. my mind begins to wander and i think of all the other things that need to be done. i watch the clock and remind myself that my “writing time” is almost over and so “i need to write now.” and suddenly i am not in the moment, and so the urgency of now no longer allows me to be fully present.

on a good day, i catch myself doing this. it is really a form of self-sabotage. but if i am mindful of it, i can stop it. how? easy, i just breathe!

breath |breθ|
an inhalation or exhalation of air from the lungs : she drew in a quick breath | take three deep breaths.
• the physiological process of taking air into the lungs and expelling it again, esp. the ability to breathe easily : she paused for breath.
• the air taken into or expelled from the lungs : I was gasping for breath.
archaic the power of breathing; life.

there, i did it again. breathing = life. a simple truth. but an important one to consider. because for creative individuals inspiration is everything. so here is an important “math” example to remember:

inspiration = breath = life

stop for a moment. breathe, full complete breaths. fill your lungs, close your eyes, then slowly exhale.

welcome back to the present. now write!