LIVE ARTS FOR THE EVERYDAY – APPLICABLE THOUGHT #36 – Inspiration

Inspiration in its most literal sense means breathing in. The sense of receiving something also appears in its figurative sense, regarding the arousal of the mind, emotions or spirit that leads to discovery, creativity, flow or sacred revelation. Inspiration is not something that one can generate, but something that either comes, apparently out of the blue, or doesn’t. It is related to the non-logical right hemisphere of our brain and being inspired feels intense and harmonious at the same time. Although we can not make inspiration happen, we can cultivate a state of relaxed awareness in which we can best “hear” this inner voice that so clearly leads the way. Artists depend on inspiration, so they learn how it works and how to work with it. That’s part of an artistic practice. We can find our own artistic practices so that inspiration can find us more easily, in order to learn the language it speaks.

 


María Ferrara

 

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LIVE ARTS FOR THE EVERYDAY – APPLICABLE THOUGHT #10 – Practice

An artist’s practice keeps their creativity and tools available and ready to use. Picasso said, “Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working”. In the case of live artists, this is even more the case. Paintbrushes, chisels, canvases or clay do not degrade when they are not used. However, the performer’s instrument does and may not be ready to be used when inspiration comes. Every life has special moments of opportunity, beauty, joy and wonder. When we are in practice with our instrument, these inspirations do not pass us by and we can live them to the full.

María Ferrara