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Is Inspiration yoga?

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

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Inspired by: Pink Snow

Here in Victoria, we have blooming cherry trees cycling through the city in March & April.  It’s one of the first signs of spring. 

Pink Snow, it’s been called, for the way the fallen blossoms carpet the land.

Cherry Blossoms in Victoria

Pink Snow

I love the appearance of the blossoms.  It gives the place a cheery, cherry glow, a welcome sign after our winter, which usually consists of wind, rain and sometimes all too grey days.  The pink pompoms perk me right up. 

I was inspired by the pinkness of this dichroic glass cabochon to create a cherry blossom pendant.  Here it is – in process and all finished.  You can see the glass and the small pink cubic zirconias placed in the branches:

Ready to fire

After firing, before polishing

  

  

Cheery Cherry Blossoms

 

 

How do flowers inspire you?

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Inspired by ~ Life

Everyday there are the small things that inspire us to live better lives.  Inspire hope.  Inspire creativity.  Inspire us to be ourselves.   To go for it.  Or even just give us a small smile. 

These are the moments to collect and string together.  To wear proudly and to use in whatever endeavour you happen to be undertaking that day.  Or the next. 

Inspiration is all around us, all the time, if we only open our eyes.

What will inspire you today?

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