key to inspiration

Passionate Perspective — The Key to Inspiration

Our perception of the world and our experiences should have a passionate bias. And this passionately-skewed sense of perspective occurs quite naturally.

My passions mold my perspective in everything I witness.
This is how we all interpret our surroundings, according to the fuel to our flicker. Some view everything with a scientific or political emphasis while others may always put on their musical goggles.
 
Passionateperception is the greatest and most consistent author of inspiration.
 
The artist sees a tree and finds the inspiration to draw it. The designer sees the leaves and desires to manipulate their fabric in the same form. The poet is compelled to write metaphorically about its branches and leaves.

That tree inspires the political activist’s conservation efforts. And with that same tree, the dancers mimic the branches duet with the wind. 

This type of perspective is the key to inspiration. It is instrumental when we hit the inevitable creative block. When we mold our experiences according to our passions, inspiration is always within reach.


A Key to Inspiration: 6 ways to always passionately interpret and inspire your world

 Always wonder and always wander.

Your inquisitiveness, imagination and sense of adventure are some of the most useful tools in inspiration. When your mind has an imaginative curiosity, it can propel you down paths that reveal and revive your mind’s eye.

Of course, the most obvious sources of inspiration are within our chosen realms, our comfort zones. The writer ought to read, the artist to frequent galleries, the musician to attend concerts. And once equipped with inspiration souvenirs, return to each of their respective workspaces to create. 
 
But often it is only a matter of time before this logical comfort zone leaves its inhabitants jaded and uninspired, making it the culprit for creative blocks.
 
A creative block may simply be a wake-up call for an adventure outside of your normative realms. There is something unique to be found among unlikely sources of inspiration, from a change in scenery— the kind that would never appear in your comfort zone. These unlikely sources expose uncharted potential and ideas, catalyzing a new wave of creative action and illuminating corners of your field that you’d yet to wander into. 
Keep your goals at the forefront of your experiences.

Frame your world with your intentions. Perceiving your experiences with a purpose initiates a plethora of possibility.

If your goals frame your experiences, anything becomes an opportunity. You can make a productive situation out of anything. This frame of mind keeps you in a constant state of preparedness. 

Read and Write

Inspiration is often a page taken from another’s book and rewritten in our own. You do not have to be an avid reader or writer in order to employ this intrinsic and thoughtful source of inspiration.

The visualization of words, whether your own or another’s, can slow your intake of information and calm your train of thought to a pace where you can more productively observe, assess and utilize it. Whether you type up a dissertation or scribble on a napkin, writing helps record, reorganize and make sense of jumbled thoughts. 

Pay more attention; slow down appreciate the smaller things

Life begs us to slow down and appreciate the oft taken for granted simplicities. A million different things compete for our attention on a regular basis, causing us to leave common beauty overlooked. Notice the chirping bird or the sunset, even if just for a passing moment. These simplistic and normative beauties are rich with inspiration.

Change scenery. Change Mediums.

Many blockages are chalked up to little more than the necessity for change. Comfort zones are atrophying sanctuaries of familiar scenery and comfortable mediums that sometimes just need to be vacationed from or shaken up a bit.

Go outside. Trade your Word document for a Moleskine. Try charcoal in place of acrylic. Travel. These shifters in your experience alter what has likely become monotonous. It refreshes you in the subtlest of ways and places your mind in a new element. 

Be patient.

Accept the inevitability of creative blocks. They have afflicted every creative mind literally ever. It’s simply a necessary part of the cycle. We often approach these blocks with panic or desperation, as they can seem so abysmal.

However, sometimes this is simply a quiet urge to be still and be patient. Your lack of productivity in these moments are potentially full of positive outcomes. Your mind may be imposing a pause so that it can refuel or re-envision, reassess or retry.

We can get so caught up in the perception of work, that we sacrifice our serenity. If we indulge our blockage, we may reemerge more prepared and ready than we were before.

 

Do you have a go-to key to inspiration? What helps you keep your mind fresh?


Also published on Medium.

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