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“I decided that it was not wisdom that enabled poets to write their poetry, but a kind of instinct or inspiration, such as you find in seers and prophets who deliver all their sublime messages without knowing in the least what they mean.” ~Socrates
Scientists estimate that, on average, we have 60,000 thoughts every day. The majority of these thoughts are repetitive thoughts that we’ve had countless times before. But once in a while, a distinctive moment occurs in which an original or even exceptional thought crosses our mind. We have an idea or a stroke of insight that opens us to new possibilities and transformation.
The word inspiration comes from the Latin for “the creative breath of the divine,” and according to the Bible, inspiration is an act of grace or a blessing. When we are touched by inspiration, we feel uplifted, energized, and liberated. It is only natural that we would want to open ourselves to having more and more inspired moments in our lives, yet many of us think of inspiration as a flash of lightning that strikes only rarely . . . or as a muse that visits us on an unknowable timetable that is beyond our control. In reality, inspiration is both an act of grace and a process that we can cultivate. The Oxford Dictionary defines inspiration as “the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.” With a little bit of effort, we can create a process that gets our ideas flowing and leads to inspired thoughts.
Here are a few suggestions to help you develop your own inspiration process:
As unique beings, we get inspired in diverse ways and by different means. Therefore, it is important that we take the time to explore and create our own process that fits our individual needs and nourishes our mind, body, and spirit.
“Our moments of inspiration are not lost though we have no particular poem to show for them; for those experiences have left an indelible impression, and we are ever and anon reminded of them.” ~Henry David Thoreau
We are pleased to announce the launch of the Chopra Center University Advisory Board. For the first time ever, Chopra Center University has created an Advisory Board of experts in the fields of yoga, meditation, Ayurveda, and Vedanta.
The Advisory Board members include Dr. Deepak Chopra, Dr. David Frawley, Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar, Claire Diab, Roger Gabriel, and Brent BecVar. CCU Advisory Board members will provide ongoing inspiration and support to certified instructors as well as to teachers in training. At our onsite teacher certification programs, Advisory Board members will teach special workshops in their areas of expertise so that students can benefit from their wide range of skills, knowledge, and experience. In addition, the specialists on our CCU Advisory Board will participate in monthly webinars for certified teachers and those on the Teachers Path, contribute feature articles to the CCU and Chopra Center newsletters, and provide fresh, insightful online content.
We are grateful to each of these wonderful teachers for helping us continue to elevate the knowledge and wisdom traditions we share.