What Does Inspiration Look Like To You?
Updated: Aug 9, 2018
Have you ever had one of those ideas, you know the ones… the one’s that catch your breath, make your heart skip a beat, make you feel a little giddy? But then after you think about it some more you convince yourself that it really wasn’t that great of an idea and you do nothing about it? And then time goes by and you hear that someone else took your idea and ran with it, not only that but it was a genius idea and they did very well at it?!
This has happened to me more times than I can remember. Then 2 years ago I decided it was time to start pursuing these Inspired ideas. And if you really want to get to the root of things…. the root of Inspired is “In Spirit”. Now you can take that however you like, but to me it gives me a warm fuzzy feeling, maybe even confidence and courage.
Elizabeth Gilbert would call this Inspiration “creative living” and ultimately “Big Magic”.
And once I allowed myself to pursue my Inspiration… I would have to agree with her.
The first time I gave this Inspired idea thing a shot was the spring of 2014 when I decided I wanted to become a meditation teacher. And let me tell you what a wild journey it has been since! Following my Inspiration, or as I like to call it “following my Joy” has brought me to meet so many incredible people. First with fellow students in studying lessons together, then incredible teachers like Sarah McLean and Carol Studenka just to name a couple. And all the amazing people who have showed up in my classroom since. Each and everyone of them gems through and through. <3
My next inspired thought hit me last spring when I decided to go to England to let Robert Holden become one of my great teachers in his “Happiness Coaching” program.
My most recent Inspired idea? Even though it took a year to be born it was my greatest challenge. To have my own space, a cabin to be exact. A place I could invite people to share my journey, to help them on theirs…. ultimately for all of us to follow our Joy.
Looking back this all seems very simple. But let me tell you how incredibly scary each step was. And my biggest fear?…. at first glance it was Failure.
As Elizabeth Gilbert says “Do you have the courage to bring forth the treasures that are hidden within you?”
So here’s the process:
1. The Great Idea
2. Will it work?
3. Do it or don’t do it?
And incredibly through my daily meditation practice I have found the pause in my thoughts to carefully consider all my options. And now now my fears look like this:
1. What if I fail?
2. What if I succeed? …. but the greatest fear of all?
3. What if I don’t try?
Turns out my greatest fear is getting stuck in an unfulfilling life… if I don’t try.
And one of my favorite questions from Robert Holden “Do you want to be truly happy, or do you prefer to play it safe?”
I prefer to be truly happy! 🙂
Do I have any guarantees that any of my ideas will actually work out? No I don’t, but I also know that I have never been happier in my life.
So at the end of the day, I may not be incredibly wealthy…. but wait a minute… with how full my heart is each time I teach a class and share all that I am with others… it is very possible that I am the wealthiest person I may ever know.
…. and what could be better than that?
So that’s what inspiration looks like to me….
What does it look like to you?
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