Lesson 7: How Do I Find Inspiration?
Dear persistent poets,
You are awesome for coming this far. You've really been digging deep and working to understand more about yourself and the way your mind forms impressions and ideas.
This is amazing!
This is worthy of celebration!
Come back when you're all partied out and you can finish reading my letter to you.
Did you have fun? Good. Let's continue.
Have you ever had a poem just come and tap you on the shoulder? It's a rather once in a blue moon experience. When it happens, it's tempting to think it's the way it should always be and anything else is a lack of inspiration.
Inspiration may seem elusive, but there are many ways to discover it!
Sometimes an idea likes to play "tag, you're it!" and then run off laughing, hoping you'll give chase.
Other times you have to sit very still and toss little tempting morsels of invitation to a timid Muse.
Trying out different strategies can be a whole new world of fun!
Step into the atmosphere of new experiences by following your senses. It's a timeless trick employed by countless writers.
We are not just heads and hearts walking around; we are bodies that can taste, touch, hear, etc. Our senses are aligned with memory. They are allied with curiosity. They are wellsprings of potential for experiencing wonder and delight. Drink in the energy.
Becoming mindful of your senses can throw the window to your imagination wide open!
- You can try new flavors.
- Buy a scented candle.
- Watch a nature documentary.
- Listen to the ocean.
- Feel the sun, rain, or wind on your skin.
Possibility abounds. Dwell in the delight of it.
Your First Assignment:
We’re going to make a list poem. Let’s start with a question:
How can you encourage mindfulness through your senses?
If that seems too broad, choose one sense for now, and think about all the information it is communicating to you in this very moment! Make your list!
1. Commercials are too loud
2. It is hot enough for air conditioning
3. Someone is typing
4. My children are asleep
5. My breathing is calm
6. The neighbors are up late
7. A car horn is beeping
8. Music is playing through it all
Your Second Assignment:
Once you have made your list, practice making lists for the other senses.
Mindfully engage in the present, noticing movement in the world:
how it affects you and how it flows around you.
Inspiration can be found in being attentive to details.
What details are your senses bringing to your attention right now?
Or, what is your attention craving?
Make another list poem.
1. Light is everywhere
2. Voices are joyful
3. A soft carpet soothes my feet
4. Keys clack beneath my fingertips
5. Flavors of tea linger on my lips
6. Flowers dry and wilted still look beautiful
7. A wispy breeze chills my skin
8. Smoky air wafts in through open doors