Live Inspired

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Often this week my mind has turned toward what inspires me.

in·spi·ra·tion

  1. the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.

  2. the drawing in of breath; inhalation.

Isn't that interesting that this word also has something to do with breath?  Yogis love it when this happens. When one feels inspired, our hearts feel full, our energy level increases, and our creativity is unleashed.  I remember the high level of life energy (prana- as we say in yoga) in me as I worked to create Ease Yoga & Cafe. My creative juices were flowing. I needed very little sleep.

My children inspire me every day to be a better mom and a better person.  I love to celebrate all the wisdom they are soaking up in school and from friends and in extracurricular activities. The teachers @ Ease inspire me as I grow and learn from them. When I see how much of themselves they give to our clients in every class, I well up with pride. People gathering together in a peaceful way for what they believe in also inspires me. People voicing what they deeply believe in  feels so real.

Yoga has taught me to notice my levels of prana and to notice what fills me up and what depletes me. Recently I have been working toward deeper levels of noticing and working to surround myself more with what fills me up, with what inspires me.

This idea of being mentally stimulated to not only do, but to "feel" something is also very interesting to me. This again is about making a mind body connection. When were are inspired we are stimulated to feel. To be outside of the mind and to be more in our bodies, our hearts and our guts lead us to authentic living.

When we feel more, we live more fully. We notice more of the beauty of life and we are are not cut off from the everyday miracles that are all around us.

So, this week: Draw in your breath deeply. Sink into your heart and your gut. Find a way to feel more, think less. See what it does for your energy level and your creativity. Live Inspired.