At this time we are being bombarded with constant information with regards to health. There is an overflow of articles, blogs, radio pieces, books and television shows telling us what to eat, how to exercise and which supplements are currently in fashion. We are worried about GMO’s, BPA, gluten, pesticide, hormones, DEET, vitamin D, calcium absorption, osteoporosis versus rhabdomyolysis and much, much more. However, we have a shortage of articles circulating on a topic that I consider to be possibly the most important element to real health, and that is inspiration. I think of health as the ability to enjoy the richness of life through learning and inspiration. I have spoken with at least three people in this week alone who know that what they are missing is true inspiration in their life. Now, I give these folks a lot of credit for recognizing this. If I had to grossly over-simplify the current state of things, I would say that the smallest group is comprised of people who have found and recognize true inspiration. The next rarest group would be those mentioned above: the people who know they need real inspiration but are searching to figure out what that might be for them. And then there are all the rest- masses of people living in varying states of monotony and stress. Many people constantly seek to fulfill their unmet needs with simple comfort-based pleasures such as food, alcohol, drugs, sex or media. I’m not saying that these things are at all wrong when enjoyed in a healthy way – but I recognize an overarching pattern of running to these things blindly over and over again, without any true pleasure or engaging in real richness, real meaning, or gratification.
So what is inspiration? I believe inspiration is when some activity or realization adds meaning and connection to life. I believe this can manifest in as many different ways as there are people and circumstances. For me, it means being able to use spiritual experiences and explorations to help people. I have developed a very unique holistic health practice where I am able to provide outlets for any combination of physical, emotional, energetic and spiritual healing and exploration. I have a big focus on educational experiences and small group sharing regarding metaphysical topics. Now, because I am constantly enthralled with the possible experiences that can occur on the energetic and spiritual planes, I feel intense gratitude and awe when I am able to share those ideas and outlets with others. But that is just me- other people find inspiration through the realization of an amazing creative outlet they never realized they had, or simply by diving into an area of study that they find incredibly stimulating. There is nothing like longing to learn, and realizing that learning is so fulfilling that it could provide you with a lifetime of gratifying intellectual work. Some people find inspiration by learning how to work on bettering themselves in new ways. Many people stumble upon a source of inspiration through a connection to nature… if you are wondering where your own inspiration lies, I suggest taking regular walks alone in a quiet, natural setting. If you have no access to a place like this, you might consider having shamanic practitioner or holistic health expert lead you on a guided meditation or journey that allows you access to nature on another level of consciousness. In any case, it warrants some kind of personal examination. I would love of any of you reading this would share what really inspires your life- the sharing you provide could prove to be incredibly helpful to someone else. As you round out this week and head toward the weekend, I hope you have some personal time to look forward to that includes a source of true inspiration. Peace and love to you on each of your amazing and unique paths.