"The muse strikes 365 days 24/7. Ignoring the muse because it doesn't appear at first glance to sing in lock-step with the rest of the world tune is the real challenge for most artists, designers, entrepreneurs." - This is Not a Marketing Blog post
Over the forty days I'll share tips for everyday inspiration. This won't be philosophical, but practical. Here and now, this moment, this day, this week are we attuned and thus creating inspired products, inspired films, inspired paintings, inspired marketing campaigns, inspired suppers, inspired friendships, inspired lives?
Why forty days? It's long enough that we can get into some depth. The forty days that Jesus spent in the desert has been personally symbolic to me, and this line: "I shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God" is the inspiration for the book I started last May. Also today's Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the 40-day Lent period (here's Wikipedia, however I resonate more with this "New Meaning to Lent") which extends through Easter.
"Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) is the high point of Carnival followed by the quiet of Ash Wednesday...It is a time when the flesh and all of the material pleasures that it apprehends are set ablaze in the passion of the moment. The fat, so to speak, is in the fire and one is left with the ashes on Wednesday." - from Mardi Gras page, New Orleans Voodoo Spiritual Temple
For me, it's hard to hear the word ashes and not think of creativity rising from the ashes like the phoenix. I once wrote: "Experience everything in your life, witness from the heart and it'll be fodder for self-expression and growth and poignantly reaching into other's hearts."
"Poetry is just the evidence of life.
If your life is burning well,
poetry is just the ash."- Leonard Cohen
Following threads of inspiration yesterday, also known as web surfing, I land at: "Note the fact that the Greek word for Spirit, πνευμα which can be translated as "air in motion" or wind)." Basically I'm in the mood to delve into the source of creativity and cater to its whims.
So in the spirit of Lent, which is more about a deepening abidance in that sweet wind, I'll explore practical ways that we allow ourselves to be swept off our feet and bring that sensitivity into our lifework. This video helps us get started:
image Marc Chagall's Promenade
Bonus: Delving into the creative mind... The Friends of the Western Buddhist Order has two articles Mind creative and Mind Reactive and Fields of Creativity on the creative mind ("spontaneous, the mind that is aware") versus the re-active mind ("doesn’t originate anything, it just re-acts, and the reactive mind is therefore the dependent mind; it is the repetitive mind, it is the mechanical mind")
The Science of Getting Rich (entire text online) was the impetus for the movie The Secret. The author continually reassures that the creative mind is not the competitive mind. For instance: "The mind that seeks for mastery over others is the competitive mind; and the competitive mind is not the creative one."