Living an Inspired Life
v. in·spired, in·spir·ing, in·spires
1. To affect, guide, or arouse by divine influence.
2. To fill with enlivening or exalting emotion
a. To stimulate to action; motivate
b. To affect or touch
3. To draw in (air) by inhaling.
a. To breathe on.
b. To breathe life into.
What is meant by an inspired life? Is an inspired life lived only by saints and prophets? Is inspired living the sole domain of Enlightened Ones?
The English Dictionary defines ‗inspire‘ as ‗to affect, guide, or arouse by divine influence’. It also means ‗to fill with enlivening or exalting emotion’ and ‗to stimulate to action’. Another meaning of the word is to draw in air.
But an archaic meaning of the word ‗inspire‘ is ‗to breathe life into’! So Inspiration implies a breathing in of life, as well as to give life to others. For ordinary individuals and for everyday life, it means breathing in and out better. Simply put – Living Better.
To live an inspired life is to walk with an enhanced awareness of everyone and everything around you, to see divinity and delight in everyday people and events, and to infuse your environment with the same magical energy.
Again, that sounds mystical and out of reach, doesn‘t it? But an Inspired Life can be inculcated through little steps every day – by reading, listening, talking, touching and breathing in only the best and beautiful of experiences. We are conscious beings, constantly being fed by our five senses. Immerse your senses in the inspiring creations of Man and Nature and you will feel the difference.
In these chapters let us explore ways and means of getting that extra special glow of inspiration. How do great people get inspired? What is the raw material for an inspired mind? What blocks the high ways of inspiration? How do we recharge our inspiration? How can we inspire others? Let us embark on a journey to breathe life into ourselves and others!
Qualities for Inspired Living
What does it take to live an inspired life?
Qualities of Inspired Living
―If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them.‖
- Henry David Thoreau,
American author and philosopher
Many qualities are spoken of by the few people who live a truly inspired life. But what do these much bandied qualities actually mean in everyday life? Take a quick look at 5 prized qualities that are the hallmarks of inspired living and how they can be expressed in your actions:-
Honesty and Conviction – Be yourself and believe in yourself. Ask for what you want and express yourself clearly. See everything clearly for what it is. Seek and follow only the truth.
Love and Compassion – Care for the less fortunate and love your fellow human beings as much as you love yourself. Love your work passionately too or find your true vocation where love of work comes naturally.
Courage – Follow your deepest and highest dreams. Dare to jump out of the box of conventional thought. Clobber your bad habits. Defeat your deepest fears. Never say never to even the most impossible ideal. Persevere even in your darkest hours.
Efficiency – Optimize your work, but remember to also smell the flowers. Stop complaining and start working. Exploit every hour of the day. As the Romans say, ‗Carpe Diem‘! Seize the Day! Get rid of the weeds in your mind. Dream of the future, but live in the present
Inspiration and reflection- Mentor someone weaker than you. Utter an uplifting quote and smile all day. Appreciate the good around you. Meditate and explore the farthest corners of your heart and mind.
The opposites of these qualities are always lurking around to overpower the weak willed mind. But stick to it and make these sterling qualities your own. And you will have surely started laying the foundations under those dream castles that you have built!
Gardener of the Mind
The mind needs to feed on a few things. Unless there is good nourishment, there’s no development.
Gardener of the Mind
―I have never had so many good ideas day after day as when I worked in the garden.‖ – John Erskine, American author How do you prepare a garden for growing flowers and fruit trees? Do you just plant the seeds and water them straight away? After a while, the f