Last week I wrote I was inspired to create by Pink Snow. I made a piece of jewellery that I hope will invoke cherry blossoms and all that cherry blossoms mean for the wearer.
It started me wondering – what is inspiration and where does it come from? Is it the same as motivation? Or are they more like a pair…inspiration leads and motivation follows? What about when we are inspired by a person?
To me, there are nuances in meaning. I can seek inspiration in many ways – through nature, by doing something fun, by trying something new, by reading or listening to music, or even seeing someone else’s creative work. And when I say I am inspired by someone I admire or who succeeded at something I’d like to do, I am really speaking about motivation to be a “better” me; to reach for goals and aspirations; to uncover more of my character, of my self.
Of course I had to turn to Wikipedia:
Inspiration may refer to:
- Artistic inspiration, sudden creativity in artistic production
- Biblical inspiration, the doctrine in Judeo-Christian theology concerned with the divine origin of the Bible
- Creative inspiration, sudden creativity when a new invention is created
- Inhalation, the movement of air into the lungs
Wait a sec….What was that?????? Inspiration can mean Inhalation as in breathe?!
Indeed, under artistic inspiration, good ol’ Wiki offers this:
Therefore, the invocations of the muses and the various poetic gods (Apollo and Dionysus, in particular) are earnest prayers for inspiration, for the breath of the god. (emphasis mine)
There it is: Breath of the god = Prana – life force; Pranayama – control of life force through the control of breath. Yoga.
Inspiration is yoga
Yoga is inspiration