Tag Archives: Inspiration

brainstorming for NaNoWriMo

11 Oct

So I have discovered NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) http://www.nanowrimo.org/ which in its essence is ‘thirty days and nights of literary abandon’.  So between the 1st and 30th of November participants try to write a 50,000 word fiction novel (roughly 1,667 words every day).  And, I figured why not?

This leaves me with a few weeks to settle on an idea for a story which I can visit every day in November with motivation.  Sounds easier in theory than it is in practice.

Do you go the Mark Twain route and ‘write what you know’; or on the premise of having no time for research do you go for wild fantasy where the world is tailored to your tale?

So many ideas, so little time…  And then, you start to think “it’s all been done before” and “how can this be different” and then you reach your worst fear: “what if I get halfway through and I don’t like it anymore?”  It is astonishing how much easier it is to entertain your doubts than it is to commit to creating.

The next couple of weeks I can luxuriate in all the possibilities.  The hundred and one tales I could possibly tell.  Then on the 1st of November, one way or another, I will put pen to paper (or finger to keystroke!) and one of those stories will begin.

And really, in the end, what have I got to lose except for the disappointment of not even trying.

  

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mountain vistas

6 Oct

There’s nothing like a drive up the mountain to remind you of the magic and mystery in the world which you recognised as a child.

The winding green drive; bordered by tree-ferns and mountain ash.  And those tantalising peeks to the vast land that stretches out beyond the mountain range.  Even the light is different, charged with vitality and secret life.

I remember wonder.  I remember possibility…

simple pleasures

18 Sep

sunshine after rain

long breakfasts

a book that makes you laugh out loud

a song that gives you shivers

smiles from strangers

art that you would not have imagined

a hug from a friend

waking up to a new day

smells that remind you of childhood

the wind in your hair

the way the world looks in the light after a storm

dangling your toes in water on a summers day

the first flower to bloom before spring

getting your hands dirty

memories that make you smile

feeling loved

sharing a good meal

the sound of the ocean

learning something new and discovering your good at it

birdsong

freshly picked herbs

music that moves you

To the age it’s Art. To the art it’s Freedom.

31 Aug

I saw a wonderful quote on the wall of the National Gallery (for the Klimt exhibit) “To the Age its Art. To Art its Freedom”

What a perfect concept of the necessity and meaning of art in life.  Every age must have art, it is part of our identity and the growth of humanity.  We evolve and explore and express ourselves through our creativity.  Even if you do not create, the awareness of creation around you adds to the fullness of the world.  The capacity for and appreciation of creativity gives meaning and purpose to life.

‘To Art it is Freedom’ and we should always allow freedom in art.  Placing restrictions on art is like placing restrictions on science.  If we accepted this censure we would be without Picasso or the Impressionists (and definitely without the Secessionists who inspired this quote!) and we would also be without penicillin and x-rays!

Art (and science for curiosities sake) are an indication of our freedom, they show us that we have the capacity for thought and wonder.  Our freedom and our curiosity allow us to discover more than the universe by her nature would reveal.

So, take an extra few moments to appreciate the art around you every day.  The random sculpture in the park, the poetic phrase in an article, the lyrical chord in a song, the painting hanging on the wall of a waiting room – anything you can find and appreciate, anywhere you can get it.  Art is our expression of life, the proof of our culture and when you notice it in your every day you will feel yourself bigger and lighter and more alive.

Every age has its art. And art recognises in itself our freedom.

          

living in flux

24 Aug

A constant state of fluctuation.  The ordinary rollercoaster of life.

One day you are motivated, determined and confident.  The next day you are lethargic, procrastinating and flat.  And of course there is the whole range of emotions you experience in between these highs and lows: elation, happiness, depression, sadness, anger, frustration, satisfaction and the list goes on and on.

And this can all happen in the course of an ordinary day.  It’s the little things that swing you up and down, and then on occasion there’s big events, but it’s the little things that sneakily chip away.

How do we maintain the upswing?  How do you stay positive and inspired, how do you keep yourself trying to do better, to be better…

What else can we do but persevere.  Perseverance is the only thing which has ever really proven to be essential to success.

So, yes life fluctuates every day and we swing back and forth along with it, but if we hold true to what we believe in and keep striving for our dreams we can (eventually) achieve the life we hope to lead.  There will be days where you just don’t seem to have the stamina, and that is when you need to take a short rest and contemplate the fact that all great heroes fail and then they get up again and again and persist.

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan “press on” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race” – Calvin Coolidge

I may be living in flux.  I may be motivated one day and procrastinating the next, but I will always remember to keep on keeping on.

I believe in persistence and I believe in enjoying the rollercoaster journey wherever you can.  Every up and down and plateau in between means I am alive and living and then there is always hope.  I have hope (and a stubborn streak I am counting on!)

Water Crystals – the impact of music and intention on water and on us

20 Aug

These experiments by Masaru Emoto on the effects of music and words on water are truly amazing.  As human beings are made up of 70% water it makes sense that we would be dramatically effected as well, which explains some of those deep down reactions you have to the sounds around you and the words you listen to.

In this study water from around the world was slowly frozen to form crystals (each one unique of course like any snowflake); where the water was from would change the crystal structure.  When the water was clean and healthy it formed beautiful crystals, when it was polluted it was as if it couldn’t make any structure to the crystal at all.

Then they introduced music.  We all know music makes us feel and we naturally gravitate towards sounds that make us feel full and joyous and strong, and we flinch when music seems to grate against us.  Water does the same.  They exposed water samples to different music before crystallisation, the intricate forms of the crystals responded to the sounds; most were variations of delicate beauty, but a few like heavy metal were fractured.

As this continued they then considered positive and negative language, samples were left over night with words or phrases in various languages before being crystallised.  Positive sentiments like thanks and love formed elaborate and lovely crystals, while negative statements like killing and disgust so distorted the crystals they were like polluted water.

The next time you feel an instinctual reaction to sound or even to thought, remember you are mostly water and water has great sensitivity to the stimulus around it.

Aim to be positive, healthy and surrounded by that which gives you joy.  When this is not possible, then just give yourself as much stimuli as you can find to give you a clear and beautiful inner soul.  We do all need darkness to appreciate the light.  Focusing on things that make you feel more complete will simply help you see the world in full, and make your water sing.  Be intricate and whole, choose to think positively and enjoy beauty.

http://www.unitedearth.com.au/watercrystals.html

www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZDOPQRdxJM

Challenging beginnings

20 Jul

How easy we are sidetracked by the mundane petty events of each day.

I still believe that you make your own reality and that you can achieve anything you set out to do, which you strive for with determination.  But it has been one of those phases where the distractions of everyday things make persistence hard to maintain.

There is the initial motivation which carries it’s own momentum.  It is truly easy to believe in possibility then.  To believe in your own capacity to create, persevere, and achieve your goals.

Then the momentum wears itself down, you procrastinate or excuse yourself just for one day.  And suddenly life throws its distractions at you.

Distractions, insignificant dramas that suck you into their segment of time.  Suddenly you are just your day to day moments and all that inner glow is drowned out in just making it through another hour and the next one and another day…  Make it through all the scenes just to get closer to not being in them anymore, closer to the mystery day where it will all be better and you will be all activity and satisfaction.

Every week that mystery day on the horizon, is for me ‘The Weekend’.  Every day, to convince me to get out of bed I remind myself it is one day closer to the weekend.  Aaah, the weekend, when I can wake up the morning without alarm, and get up for myself and My Life.

I am always going to do so many things then… I tell myself this each day of the week.  Of course then it is the weekend, and you can do whatever you like then, it’s your Day Off.  So if you want to do nothing, that’s what you do.  Now, I realise this makes me sound lazy, and I wish I truly was but unfortunately that’s not reality.  I just put my energies into things which are not of true importance to my heart and soul.

I work.  For someone else.  I work at work, I work at home, I work in transit.  I think about work, sometimes dream about work.  I worry about work, I am genuinely concerned about work related things.  I am distracted by work.  And it is not of true significance to My Life.

So here I sit.  Tired, distracted, emotionally drained and feeling like I am not achieving.

And, then he reminds me..  I have love!  How fortunate I am.  What more purpose do you need in life than love?  Love, learning and whatever else it takes to support both.  Everything is better when you see it from a life with love.

So, inspiration, there you are!  Step by step, persistence, perspective, hope.

All I need is a good night (or two) of sleep, and the occasional reminder of what life is all about.  Start filling the jar of life with the big rocks, and the rest will fall in between the spaces.

Inner light

14 Jul Inner Light

We all have light inside.  A brilliant, blinding and burning light.  Mostly we hide it away, bury it deep inside our flesh.  When we focus and let it loose, it shines through the cracks.  I want to find my light again.  That inner blaze I had almost fogotten.

Inner Light

The reality of possibility

9 Jul

Is it so impossible to believe that there is more to the world than what you can see and touch?  Surely then, it is reasonable to presume that there are more things that are beyond our comprehension which do in fact exist.

And, isn’t this concept the basis of all exploration, all creative thought, certainly it is the fundamental belief which drives not just mystisism but also science.

So, then there must be some creedence to mythology too.  All around the world, throughout all of human history, there have been myths, fairy tales, ghost stories, spirits and folk lore.  They must have some truth, some basis in reality.  Why else would the same concepts of higher beings and other connected worlds exist in cultures which are completely isolated from one another.

My atheist friend would tell you that the right chemical imbalance in your brain will make you believe anything.  That anyone who believes they experience something paranormal is simply chemically altered.

A simple explanation.  Well suited to a world that believes itself to be the highest form of evolution, that demands physical evidence for any truth.  But is it really likely that so many people, all over this planet, throughout all the history of humanity have been chemically imbalanced?  Or, from a purely logical standpoint, is it not more likely that some of it is true?

I agree that such things are bigger than our normal understanding of the world.  And, it is quite likely that the stories we have told to explain these experiences are probably distorted.  But, they originate from somewhere genuine.  Where they begin and what they represent is the truly interesting part.

The reality of possibility.