Inspiration

As one of those strange people who love to know where words came from I have to share the origin of the word inspire.   It is from the Latin inspirare meaning to breathe upon or into… Oh wow… I love that!  Even when our intentions are good and we really want to make a change for the better we may lack the energy, the emotion or passion to follow through.  Inspiration breathes life into our dreams and plans; it is the magic, the animating force that moves us into action.  Sometimes it shows up unexpectedly but more often than not we will have to look for it.

“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.”  ~ Jack London

The word inspiration has been rolling around in my head nonstop over the last few days.   Much like the relationship we have with our Higher Power (maybe EXACTLY like that relationship) I believe that inspiration is always there but we do have to seek it with intention if we want to feel it working in our lives.  It is true that I am often amazed by the ways in which inspiration mercifully appears in my life at exactly the right moment seemingly through no exertion on my part but that isn’t always the case.  Most (not all but most) of those moments occur in relation to some action that I’ve taken in the past to expose myself to something that motivates me, something that changes my state and puts me in an open posture to receive the gift when I need it.  Whether through books, through people, nature, meetings, physical practices, music, art or any of the other almost unending resources I must have made the connection.

Most recently I have found an incredible amount of inspiration through the internet and in particular through social media.  Now this is a great example, I used to get on the computer and find very little that didn’t either make me angry, make me sad or basically disgusted with the state of society in general.  I feel safe in making the blanket statement that we spend far too much time with our faces buried in devices and for many of us places like Facebook and Twitter are energy vampires.  By the time we close the laptop we’re exhausted from the drama and negativity that can be found out there with almost no effort whatsoever.  So what changed for me?

Well, I decided to get rid of everything that was dragging me down.  I deleted every “friend” that made me frown, I “unliked” and “unfollowed” everything that stressed me out and replaced it all with exactly what I wanted to see…things that make me smile.  Much like the destructive habits and behaviors that we seek to overcome in recovery it is unbelievably helpful to fill the void with something that motivates and inspires.  We must intentionally cultivate exactly what we would like to see expressed in our lives.  If we want to feel good we will most likely have to look for what makes us feel good on a regular basis.

This new page for inspiration will surely evolve in time but for now it’s a place holder for whatever inspires me at the moment.  I apologize in advance if I misquote, fail to credit or in some way infringe on someone’s copyright.  I promise I’ll only take credit for what I’ve produced on my own but I do have every intention to share anything and everything that is beautiful, inspirational and uplifting whether it belongs to me or not in the interest of the greater good.  I truly hope that no one minds… I so appreciate and rely on the talent and generosity of strangers.   Thank you in advance for all that motivates and inspires!

Keep looking for love, light, peace and joy.  Go after miracles “with a club” and you will surely find them.

~ Jane

 

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Quotes

“What you think upon grows.”  ~ Eastern Maxim “You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.”  ~ Jack London “Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.” ~ Hippocrates “Positive thinking won’t let you do anything but it will let you do …

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Hope

Stories

Sharing Experience, Strength and Hope I have heard some crazy stories…  Some wonderfully incredible and miraculous tales that have encouraged me greatly in my own recovery.  Sharing our experiences is powerful stuff.  Sharing hope with others who walk in our shoes is medicine for the soul. “Hope is the companion of power, and mother of …

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  • http://www.facebook.com/judith.schjorring Judith Schjørring

    Beautiful – your article! Had to share it on https://www.facebook.com/LucidMindCenter. Blessings to you, Judith

    • Jane

      Thank you Judith! For being here, for your comment and for sharing <3 Jane

    • http://janedoerecovery.com/ Jane

      Hmmm, tried to reply to you but I don’t see it! Just wanted to say thank you for your comment and for the share :) Happy to have you here!

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