Do you know what it’s like to have your own inspired motivation shot dead right in front of you? I do.
If your thought process is anything similar to mine, you’re a seeker of paradoxes and dichotomies, things that contradict or could go one of multiple ways. I guess those terms would best describe the proclaimed “right” and a “wrong” way doing things because, as the saying goes, there are different strokes for different folks. In the information era where every piece of knowledge is scientifically proven so to speak, why should you or I be anyone to argue the status quo?
Maybe it’s not about the status quo as much as it is about doing things in the most beneficial way possible. When it comes down to the bare basics, everyone has a unique set of processes that might work for them and only them. I’m referring to creative processes more specifically: techniques a person uses to save time, a special dietary lifestyle, materials used in a craft project, ways to skin that cat–you know, you know.
I have had a hard time dealing with situations and habits that weren’t very effective or beneficial to the creative work I do, but there were others that I only felt badly about because of how socially taboo they were. Lately, I have begun to look at them as cultivators of creativity and inspiration rather than the enemy. You might relate to some of them too.
Ayurvedic principles state that the body goes through cycles in which all three doshas of the body predominate one by one within a 24-hour day. In the later hours, between 10 pm and 2 am, pitta (the fire element) is dominant. During this time, the entire being is in a state designed to digest residual foods and repair itself. If awake, however, pitta can result in a burst of energy that births a unique breed of creativity that just doesn’t happen during the daylight hours.
It’s not encouraged to be a night owl (*ahem* like me) because this can cause imbalance in the long term. However, a late-nighter can bring forth timely productivity or a particular revelation, just what many artists need.
If you had one too many of those late nights, then you might come face-to-face with this particular muse. Take it from me, a college graduate, when I say that exhaustion doesn’t always want to leave me with a feeling of inspiration. A “normal” person would just be tired and I used to be “normal” in college. In this season of my life, I’m talking about the kind of exhaustion that leaves me thinking that actual conversations I had were dreams and vice versa, exhaustion that makes me feel like my face is melting from how heavy the bags underneath my eyes are, exhaustion that makes me walk into walls (yes, I actually have done that). I must say, though, that the kind of inspiration that strikes in the midst of exhaustion has a healing effect as tangible as a bright and sunny morning and a good night’s rest.
Tony Robbins says, “It’s not about your resources, it’s about your resourcefulness.”
Finances are a key player in the quality of the human condition nowadays. The modern economy is structured around a fiat currency of money with, well, sadly no backing. Fortunately, there are micro communities still operating on other levels by means of tested, more effective systems like bartering. Beyond exchanging goods and services for other goods and services, there are plenty of options that can help someone counteract a rough financial patch. Having limited income doesn’t make or break a person either, even if that income is $0. Just ask those who were formerly homeless or dirt poor yet went on to become some of the most successful people of our time.
Take a look at Oprah and Richard Branson. People like them tapped into their skills of resourcefulness in order to circumvent their situations and make fulfilling, creative careers for themselves.
Keep looking around. You can find ways to create more of your own opportunities right from your own backyard as long as you maintain an open mind.
Where and how in the world have you found your uncanny inspiration in the past? Do your methods shock others. Share them with me on Twitter, if you’re bold.