Questing for Inspiration

Looking to the quotes of others to wake my creative mind

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One of the Pinterest boards that I maintain is nothing but inspirational quotes.

As of this writing, I have 749 quotes pinned here. These quotes have been a source of comfort, inspiration, or general notions to which I nod my head and think, Yes! I agree with that statement.

I pull from a lot of different sources and many cultures. Each quote I find has a different message, and I know that while one may apply to this given time, another may apply to a different time and place.

I am awaiting information in order to continue with one of my projects and trying to figure out what topic to write about. It occurred to me that I have not taken a close look at this Pinterest board recently, so maybe that would be a great source for inspiration.

Your mileage may vary. In my quest for inspiration, my ideas and interpretations of these quotes could be massively different from your own. But one of the reasons such quotes stick out is because I believe that they speak not just to a general idea and people, but to you and me as individuals.

Quotes applied to my world-view

“Truth is not what you want it to be; it is what it is, and you must bend to its power or live a lie.”

- Miyamoto Musashi

With the current political climate in the United States, this quote rings way too true. Many of our so-called leaders are living a lie because they refuse to bend to multiple truths that are not what they would want them to be.

That, in turn, is being followed by many ordinary people, too. This is causing a lot of strife in society today.

That’s a general example. But have you ever held onto a deep belief that you utterly wanted to be true but you knew was not? One can only live a lie for so long before it impacts your psyche, as well as your life in general.

“Change is never painful. Only resistance to change is painful.”

- Buddha

Along the same line, for many people, the changes they see happening in the world at large terrify them. So they allow lies to be their reality, and in trying to avoid pain actually accentuate and further it.

Change is constant. It cannot be stopped because it is a central tenet of the nature of the universe. And yet it unnerves people because it is so unpredictable. As such, they resist and allow certain lies to define them and their world.

Living in the fear-based society that we do, too many leaders exploit this to their advantage.

“Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.”

- Dalai Lama

I know a lot of people who are unable to disconnect from the problems of the world. Whether it’s healthcare matters, climate change, Trump and government, or what-have-you, they are unable to be calm or at peace.

I know how hard this can be. Further, it’s not necessarily just these people far outside of ourselves and the circles of people within our lives directly. Friends and family can also cause distress that will impact your inner peace.

The key is to recognize this and apply mindfulness to work with it.

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Quotes applied to my life-journey

“The inspiration you seek is already within you. Be silent and listen.”

- Rumi

In addition to the quotes I save on Pinterest for inspiration, I also gather images related to sci-fi, fantasy, and Steampunk. Basically, all the topics I write about. These images can help spark my imagination and creativity when I work on my fiction projects.

But the truth is that it’s already within me to be inspired. I just need to stop letting my mind wander all over the place, unchecked, and allow myself to listen to the ambient atmosphere.

The images and quotes are simply focal points to draw out what is already within me. They are the equivalent of listening, albeit with visual sensory input instead of sound.

“Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter.

- Yoda

The bodies you and I occupy are temporary. But what we are, at our core, is pure energy. I am not just a heavy-set, small-statured guy living this life doing the things that I do. There is my soul, deep within, that is ME in my purest form.

It’s too easy to lose sight of this. Particularly when I am feeling a bit out-of-it and looking at a dull, grey, cloudy sky.

But I know that my inner light shined brightly.

“No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow your progress, you’re still way ahead of everyone who isn’t trying.”

- Tony Robbins

I cannot tell you how much I need to remember this particular quote. Good days or bad days, as I am working to improve my life, when all is said and done I AM doing that work.

It can be really frustrating to be just shy of the goal I imagine, and yet keep pushing forward. When it feels like I am just getting nowhere fast and spinning my wheels, at least my wheels ARE turning.

Everyone gets stuck in the mud from time to time. Because of my nature, I will beat myself up about this. Yes, I am my own worst critic. But that’s not so atypical…many of the people I know and care about are similar.

When all is said and done, I am taking action to consciously create reality. Even when the progress seems non-existent, I am working on it.

The mind awakens

I started out really uncertain about what I was writing here, but now I have come to a useful conclusion.

Just like everyone else, I am a work in progress. My life is constantly changing, growing, evolving, and shifting. Even on the days when it feels like no progress is happening and I might be feeling down, I am still working on it.

This final quote I think sums up the intent I have for what I desire my life to be.

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive, and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”

- Maya Angelou

You are worthy and deserving of using your mindfulness to find and/or create the reality in which you desire to live. When all is said and done you and I matter.

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I am a practitioner of mindfulness, positivity, philosophy, & conscious reality creation. I love to inspire, open minds, & entertain. http://www.mjblehart.com

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