I’m starting to come to terms with the fact that my yoga mat is my teacher and my guide.
Lately, most of the lessons I learn in life start on that rubbery rectangle. And many of the creative ideas I develop start as inspiration that appears while I’m in Downward Facing Dog or Child’s Pose.
This morning, as I was moving through my practice I started feeling the excitement some new ideas percolating. When I sat down in meditation for a few minutes after my asana practice, the flood of ideas just kept coming.
This is why I keep a notebook handy when I’m practicing yoga and meditating. There’s something about moving in time with my breath, about breathing deeply and centering on the inhale and exhale, that triggers creativity. So the minute I’m done with my practice (and sometimes right in the middle of it so that I don’t lose a specific idea), I sit down with pen and paper and take notes.
I honestly believe that in those moments I’m transcribing a direct download from the Universe. I’m a true believer in the Muse and know that if I don’t take hold of those lightbulb moments, of those clear and fresh ideas, and start developing them and stretching into them that they will pass me by in favor of someone else who is ready.
I’ve been there. I’ve had amazing ideas that I didn’t delve into and before I knew it someone else was doing exactly what I wanted to do but didn’t.
There are a lot of reasons why we don’t take inspiration and run with it: lack of time, lack of energy, fear of failure (or success), to name just a few. But if we’re willing to push through all of that, to connect to that inspiring thought or idea long enough to see it through, it’s amazing what we can accomplish.
I’m telling you all this so that you understand what to do with those ideas when they come up. So that you don’t miss out on Universal downloads. So that you can recognize the Muse when she shows up and sit down with her to co-create.
Don’t wait when inspiration strikes. Get started and see what can happen!