When Inspiration Strikes

 "Passive Thinking" not only taps into the creative mind, but also allows for deeper subconscious thoughts and feelings to surface
“Passive Thinking” not only taps into the creative mind, but also allows for deeper subconscious thoughts and feelings to surface

I don’t know about you, but I find sometimes that I am so busy doing stuff- the next appointment, the next trip, the list of chores- that I give myself no time to sit back and look at my life and ask the question: where am I going and how am I getting there?

We live in a society of rushing and frenetic activity.  More often than not you may feel guilty for stepping out of the race.  This may include taking time to enjoy the view, to contemplate and reflect. You may feel you are not doing enough unless you are active in mind and body.

In spite of all this activity, it can still feel like you are not moving towards that fulfilling life.  If indeed you know what that fulfilling life may look like.

A little less action and more reflection

Action is important. Without it, nothing gets done. And yet, if not done in reference to a bigger picture, a greater context, a larger goal, you may do much and achieve a lot and still feel like you are treading water rather than moving forward along the river of life.  Quiet contemplation can give you the space to think in this larger context. Sure, meditation can be a great way to have time and space to allow new ideas and inspiration to bubble to the surface. There are other means of allowing that:

  • journaling is wonderful for jotting down ideas and reflections;
  • movies, documentaries, music, art and literature can offer ideas that spring board you into new creative directions;
  • walk in nature gives space for more open thinking;
  • good conversation with someone to bounce ideas off can be inspirational;
  • a spa day;
  • a retreat;
  • a holiday;
  • a day trip.

Noticing Inspiration

So you have a three stage process: the inspiration, the planning and the action- here I am talking about creating the opportunities for noticing that inspiration. I believe that inspiration is bubbling away beneath the surface of the mind- you just need the time and space to notice it and hear it. There is the “active thinking” of planning and working out the plan.  There is the opportunity for “passive thinking” which also has great value.  For as well as tapping into the creative side of the mind, it allows for deeper subconscious thoughts and feelings to come to the surface.  These are often the forces that bring us most joy yet we work in conflict with them because we do not give ourselves the opportunity to reflect on them and allow them time and space to grow and develop.

Coaching using the co- active model can offer that opportunity.  In coaching there is the chance to find that inspiration.  You can work out how to use it to drive your life in a fulfilling and meaningful way.  Towards greater personal and professional potential.

Over to you

What place does inspiration have in your life? How does it drive your goals and habits? How do you set time aside for creating space and allowing inspiration? What methods of contemplation and reflection work for you and what hasn’t worked? I’d love to hear from you. Please share your experiences and offer support and inspiration to other people in our community.

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2 thoughts on “When Inspiration Strikes

  1. What a beautifully written and yes, inspirational piece. It is so true that we are so focussed on “time and things” that we often do not take the time to truly think about things!
    How much humankind has achieved is incredible; how much more could we achieve if we simply took the time to think?
    Over the years and despite the demands from various parts of my life, I have held onto the belief that my “me time” -for which I even block out space in my diary- is not wasted. Rather, it provides me with the space to consider, think, contemplate- all before I take action. (This, despite my natural personality/tendency to just jump in!!) The words of Socrates emphasises that this, “age-old thinking” still in its infancy with most people.
    Socrates: “The unexamined life is not worth living”.
    Let’s LIVE!!
    GERRY

    1. Yes! Blocking out time in your diary for ‘me’ time is a great idea. I remember you mentioning it to me before. It also reinforces to your self that you are just as important as the other people and events that take up your diary space- a strong empowering message that may have many unforeseen positive effects. Thank you for the reminder.

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