Where do you look to for inspiration?
Even if you are feeling blue or overwhelmed have you
identified beacons of light that can
brighten up your day or offer a breath of fresh air?
Do you turn to nature, art, uplifting quotes and words,
music, writers, websites, or perhaps a combination of all of the above?
Do you subscribe to any inspirational magazines, newsletters or video feeds?
Share in the comments some of your inspirational touchstones.
Here is a list with links and notes
of those things that have inspired me or
perhaps provoked feelings and thoughts recently.
The course Hello Soul Hello Mantras by Kelly Rae Roberts.
Kelly Rae is an artist I have written about before
or mentioned in posts here, here, here, here and also here
because I have felt a kinship with her social worker soul
and her creative mixed media artistry. Her class was something
I decided to treat myself too after simmering in the blues.
The on-line course kicked off on September 8th and I am feeling very inspired.
Are there any courses you are taking that you would recommend?
The art and designs of PAPAYA! which predominantly
features the art of Anahata Katkin.
I visited the flagship store in
Ashland, Oregon in July and again at the end of August.
The store fills the senses with scents, colors, texture,
deep dark chocolate and so much beauty.
While one won’t get to taste the chocolate, feel the fabrics
or smell the perfumes and lotions one can visit their
website to explore the hundreds of inspirational images.
Are there any particular artists that inspire you?
My own Artist Room
I recently did some late summer cleaning in my artist room.
Partly in preparation for the Hello Soul Hello Mantras course.
It felt good to dust and do a little rearranging and clearing out.
Having a beautiful-to-me inspirational sacred space is important to me.
Have you created or found an inspirational space for yourself?
I receive via email every single day an uplifting and positive article
from the good folk at Daily Good ~ News that Inspires
Some articles I read that very day. Others I read at a later time.
The team that gathers the articles from near and far,
as well as research and writes about the
wide variety of topics and people, do an amazing job.
I am impressed that it all began with a single person.
“DailyGood was born in 1998, when one college student
started sharing inspiration with a half a dozen of his friends
by sending them an enriching quote every day.
Today, DailyGood leverages the internet to promote
positive and uplifting news around the world to more than
100,000 subscribers through the daily and weekly newsletters.
Readers receive a news story, an inspiring quote, and a suggested action
that each person can take to make a difference
in their own lives and the world around them.”
Do you subscribe to a regular newsletter
or email subscription that inspires you?
If you have yet to check out TED Talks
I encourage you to do so.
I receive regular email updates for their latest videos.
This week I was particularly moved
by the video by Zak Ebrahim entitled
I am the son of a terrorist. Here’s how I chose peace.
Are you already familiar with TED Talks?
If yes, do you have any favorites to recommend?
The last topic that has been on my mind has to do with the heart.
On Thursday I learned that one of my aunts was
to undergo heart surgery on Friday.
The good news is that the surgery appears to have been very successful
and she is recovering very well.
Then on Saturday I learned that a matriarch in my creative community
is also very unexpectedly scheduled to
undergo open heart surgery this week.
I have been sending prayers for healed hearts
and my inquisitive nature had me reading about the heart.
Did you know these very interesting facts about the heart?
Inspiration is swirling all around us.
Sometimes when I am blue I can get tunnel vision.
Reminding myself of all the beauty and wonder
in our world brings me back into the light.