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Where do we discover it? What is the source? What do we do when we are not feeling
it's presence? Inspiration comes to us in many forms, venues, genres, disguises even. I
often feel inspired by those around me, friends, family, community, environment, art in
every genre (life is art, art is in everything when you choose to see it) which awaken,
nurture and evolve my soul. I turn within to absorb these experiences, connecting all that
I am exposed to, as it all fits together.

This breeds a whole other species of inspiration, that derives from this collaboration.
There are instances we look within ourselves, or outwards, how about within the very
word. The origin of inspiration: (c.1300) "immediate influence of God or a god,"
especially that under which the holy books were written, from O.Fr. inspiration, from L.L.
inspirationem (nom. inspiratio), from L. inspiratus, pp. of inspirare "inspire, inflame,
blow into," from in-"in" + spirare "to breathe".

Yes, to breathe. A definition of inspiration is the drawing of air into the lungs. This is a
miraculous gift presented to us upon our entrance, the breath of life, instant inspiration.
Our own nature, our existence is creation itself. We breath everyday, therefore we are
truly inspired with each of those breaths. When feeling the absence of inspiration, a
moment of focus on the Breath may deem incredibly potent. A basic Buddhist meditation
mantra is "I am breathing in, I am breathing out". That very phrase utilized by David
Byrne, coincidence?

Perhaps. This brings awareness of ourselves, our existence, our gift of life and nothing
else. Filling lungs with oxygen provides circulation of this breath throughout our
creative being, igniting our presence. It is our fuel, and refueling crucial to our
sustainability. This practice of conscious breathing is a loving reminder of our precious
life. Allow the wind to carry you, and you will find true inspiration.

"And the day came when the risk it too to remain tight inside the bud was more painful
than the risk it took to blossom". Anaïs Nin

From the heart, Jeanne Gigi
Deconstructing Inspiration
By Jeanne Gigi