In my previous post, I closed off with these words: Woman of Southern Africa rise up in your righteousness and stand up like great oak trees and display the splendour of the Lord!
For us to be able to do this we need inspiration! If you are like me you would say yes I know that but,
- Household tasks
- Family responsibilities
these things take up most of my time – I barely have time to breathe never mind being inspirational. We all have dreams and live comes along and slowly start to erode at our dreams, hope and inspiration until one day we find that we have lost our passion for the things that we care about.
5 ways to ignite your inspiration:
Change your words!
Start to take note of the words that you use: can’t, won’t, unable, not enough time, too difficult, impossible for me, and shouldn’t. By using these words we limit ourselves and what we can do. They are inspiration drainers!
Learn to live with ambivalence while striving for perfection.
Jan Gorden writes: Inspiration lives between the two spaces of ambivalence and perfection. Inspiration speaks to the best within us – ambivalence is the messiness of our lives, the life process. Perfection is the ideal while ambivalence is its application. Inspiration is what moves us forward in life – through the ambivalence and towards the ideal.
Get back to nature
Albert Einstein “Look! Look! Look deep into nature and you will understand everything.”
Take a step outside – look at the sky, find a tree – notice the different textures, feel the springiness of the grass under your hand.
Go and buy a book, a volume of verses (poetry) and enjoy the complexities and simplicities in each sentence. We are not born with the ability to read, it is a learned skill,
Reading is a very complex task that requires several different regions of the brain to work together.
But surprisingly, we don’t use the same neural circuits to read as we grow from infants to adults. So our brains are constantly changing throughout our lives.
It appears possible that reading can improve the “connectivity” between the various brain circuits that are essential to understanding the written word. And there is recent evidence that simply reading a good novel can keep that enhanced “connectivity” working for days, and possibly longer, after we have finished the book.
Do something NEW!
Do something that you have never done! It is challenging and exciting and it rewires your brain! Our brain is a living organism and grows and changes during a person’s lifetime. Because we have to concentrate more when learning or doing something new, the neurons become more efficient and the glial cells forces the signal to jump from between axons faster!
Do something new – its improves brain health AND most of all it is FUN!
How Reading a Novel Can Improve the Brain Jan 12, 2014 COLUMN by LEE DYE