The Power Of Inspiration: How To Find Your Passion And Live Your Best Life | By, Tony Fahkry

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Author: Tony Fahkry

Inspiration May Be Calling You

“The tragedy of life is in what dies inside a man while he lives — the death of genuine feeling, the death of inspired response, the awareness that makes it possible to feel the pain or the glory of other men in yourself.” — Norman Cousins

In his book, The Agony and the Ecstasy, Irving Stone takes the reader on a detailed journey of Michelangelo’s life, from his early days with the Medici family to his detailed sculptures and paintings at the Sistine Chapel.

The common theme depicted in the book was of an inspired painter and sculptor who lived for his art. Although Michelangelo was supremely talented, he still devoted much of his waking life to developing these talents.

He spent numerous hours working throughout the night to dissect cadavers to have a better understanding of the human form. He tirelessly sketched and sculptured the purest Carrara marble, turning blocks of stone into the finest masterpieces the world has known.

He once remarked that when sculpturing, the marble took on a life of its own and would tell him how it was to turn out. He was merely the conduit between the marble and the masterpiece revealing itself through him.

Therefore, inspiration is the call from the soul to express itself through you. It is no secret that inspired people engage in life with every faculty of their being. They are happier, motivated, and in love with their passion.

They embody their passion with every part of their being and think about it every moment they are awake. It consumes their life. Inspiration is the expression of creativity and the mind of the universe flowing through you.

And it is not just for artists. If you yearn for direction in your life, inspiration may be calling. Most people don’t know what inspires them. Let us look at ways you can find inspiration in your life.

While some artists are inspired by nature, others are inspired by humans and their ways of living. We all have different inspiration sources. Some of us need to look within for inspiration, while others have to look outwards.

There is no golden answer to finding inspiration, and there can be multiple answers for an individual. Nobody can tell you what should or should not inspire you.

Looking back at my life, I have been inspired by different things at different times. As a teenager, I was inspired by my favorite band. I wanted to be a musician like them. As times change, our inspirations and role models change.

Focus On What You Want Now

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched — they must be felt with the heart.” — Helen Keller

What interests and pursuits do you regularly undertake that bring you joy? Don’t worry about whether you can derive an income from it. Is it something creative, or do you find inspiration in tasks nobody else seems to have time or patience for?

How do you know that you are inspired by your pursuit and not just happy to be doing it? Well, inspiration is something that brings you deep joy. When you are inspired and pursuing your passion, time stands still.

When I am onstage speaking in front of an audience or writing, time stands still, and I am absorbed in the moment of my craft. Words pour forth, and I am neither attached nor invested in the exact words I write or speak.

I have often finished giving a seminar, for example, and cannot remember a single word I said despite even having rehearsed and planned the topic. I feel joy and bliss when I am present and aware of the moment. I have no desire other than to be the conduit for my thoughts to manifest as words that resonate with my audiences.

You may have a similar experience regarding how inspiration looks and feels. Connect with that feeling of inspiration daily by tuning into its frequency.

Inspired people often comment that they don’t mind whether they are paid or not to pursue their passion. They could work tirelessly for days, weeks, or years, yet the common element of their love is their joy and the fulfillment of them.

There is a well-known passage by Patanjali, who wrote the ancient yoga sutras that reads:

“[When] you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, and all your thoughts break their bonds: your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.”

I have shared this passage with audience members, and I am still surprised to discover how deeply the passage’s meaning resonates with people. Patanjali advises that when we are connected with a deeper purpose, our thoughts transcend their limitations as our consciousness expands, and we find ourselves in a new and wonderful world.

Our hidden talents come alive as they shine forth, and in doing so, we discover ourselves to be greater than we ever imagined. The passage suggests that when you align with a greater force, this is the essence of inspiration.

People who are inspired act from a deeper place within. They are not concerned with accolades and recognition from others; they strive for personal satisfaction and a sense of purpose and meaning, which derives from their work.

Motivation vs Inspiration

“ Strong emotions such as passion and bliss are indications that you’re connected to Spirit, or ‘inspired,’ if you will. When you’re inspired, you activate dormant forces, and the abundance you seek in any form comes streaming into your life.” — Wayne Dyer

It is essential to understand that inspired people view their work as play. For instance, I recall times when I have worked over sixty to seventy hours for weeks, yet when I reflect, I can see that my work was an opportunity to play.

Knowing this, how do you know you are inspired? What does inspiration look like when you become aligned with this faculty? Here are some thoughts on how inspiration may show up for you:

  1. Time stands still, and you are caught up in Flow moments
  2. You love what you do
  3. You cannot wait to wake up to pursue your passion.
  4. Time is irrelevant when you are pursuing your passion.
  5. You are energized and full of life when pursuing your passion.
  6. It does not matter that you are not getting paid since you gain a great deal from your work.
  7. Being creative is an opportunity to display and reveal your hidden talents.
  8. So absorbed in your work you are unaware of anything else in your life.
  9. You are continually looking for new ways to improve upon the work that you do.
  10. You approach your passion with a sense of humility and gratitude.
  11. You feel an inner sense of peace and security when pursuing your passion.
  12. You might notice anxiety and tension when you go without pursuing your passion.
  13. You love the satisfaction it brings you if others compliment you on your work — you do not necessarily seek approval from others.

It is evident from the characteristics above those pursuing their passion do so with a level of inspiration that is beyond the call of duty. Inspired people work from the inside out rather than needing motivation. There often needs to be more clarity between inspiration and motivation.

From the list, you can see that an inspired person does not require motivation. However, people who require motivation need an external source to keep them progressing along their path.

An excellent example of looking at motivation might suggest that to motivate someone, you would have a hand on their back, nudging them forward. When you take your hand away, the person is less inclined to stay motivated. Inspired people are their motivators.

They do not need the motivation from an external source to keep them inspired. The source of their inspiration comes from a deep place within. Inspired people are deeply aware of the inner source of their motivation, which emanates and creates the passion and enthusiasm they feel toward their work and purpose.

Knowing this, what are your sources of inspiration? What brings you great pleasure and joy? Do you devote enough time to these pursuits throughout the week? Contemplate your answers to these questions and try to make time to nurture inspiration in your life. After all, it may be the very thing that sets your world alight.

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Author: Tony Fahkry

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