Get inspired to look inside

We all need a little of bit of inspiration now again. A few words to the wise which connect to something we feel or make us look at life a little differently.

I find this helps me to practice Svadhyaya (self-study or self-reflection) – sometimes you need to look outwards for inspiration to go inwards to reflect.

And I try to experience this daily, which is very easily done with the internet! Or I’ll take a book off my shelf and have a flick through. I have many books which I haven’t yet read – I believe when I’m ready to learn from them my eye will be drawn to them and I’ll take them down off the shelf and begin to read them.

So, here are some of my sources of inspiration…

Online

  • Tiny Buddha  – a daily dose of wisdom in my email inbox.
  • Dru online blog –  tips and reflections for positive health and wellbeing.
  • Rita Goswami’s blog –  Reflections on meditation.
  • Planet SARK –  inspirations to follow your dreams.
  • School of Life on Facebook   “good ideas for everyday living” – I love the inspirational quotes which they regularly post.
  • You Inspire Me from Corinna Gordon-Barnes – includes a blog and newsletter with tips and inspiration to “turn your passion into a profitable business”. Helpful for the aspiring yoga teacher!

Books

Here are a few key books I’ve found powerful and insightful and have helped me enormously on my spiritual journey.

  • “The Artist’s Way – A Course in Discovering and Recovering Your Creative Self” by Julia Cameron.I followed the 12-week course found in this book back in 2007 and found it really shifted blocks within me – I started painting for the first time in my life and it was then that I first planted the seeds in my consciousness of training to become a yoga teacher.
    January Sunset, Southampton
    January Sunset, Southampton

    I’m now using the follow-up book “Walking in this World” and I’m painting again, making jewellery and blogging. My first painting in 3 years is pictured here… (I should probably add ‘sunsets’ to my list of inspirations as I love nothing more than to stand and watch the colours changing…)

    You can find out more at juliacameronlive.com

  • “Full Catastrophe Living” by Jon Kabat-Zinn – using mindfulness meditation to cope with the trials of everyday life.
  • “A Path with Heart” by Jack Kornfield – how to integrate spiritual practice into your life.
  • “The Power of the Breath” by Swami Saradananda – how to breathe well. Full of wisdom, insights and practical examples on the power of the breath to transform your wellbeing.
  • “Wheels of Life” by Anodea Judith – an invaluable guide to the chakra system.
  • “Buddha’s Little Instruction Book” by Jack Kornfield – I ask a question and open the book at random for instruction and inspiration.

I also subscribe to OM Magazine  I’ve subscribed from the start and find it a lovely source of ideas, reflections and inspirations.

Music and Mantra

Mantras I love to chant include the Ganesh Sharanam mantra, the Gayatri mantra, Om Namo Bhagavate and the Shanti Path prayer as given to me by my Dru yoga teachers.

I’ve recently discovered Deva Premal and her beautiful mantras set to music. The first time I heard ‘Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya’ I was transported to a serene place…

Looking inside

But never lose sight of the fact that the deepest source of wisdom is there inside ourselves.

Taking time to sit and listen to the true feelings in our heart is a wonderful form of consolation and inspiration.

Over to you

These are just a few of my inspirations.

Where do you look for inspiration? I’d love to hear from you – pop a comment in the box below. Thanks!

2 thoughts on “Get inspired to look inside

  1. The night sky on a clear night is inspirational to me – the infinity and mystery of it, and of course the sheer beauty when in a dark place untouched by street lighting. Snowdonia is good for this – the first place I saw the Milky Way above me for real, and its light was almost blinding!

    “Points of Balance” by Chris Barrington and Dr Mansukh Patel – Yamas and Niyamas in a ‘modern’ presentation. Accessible, and the cause of much reflection.

    And the stillness inside me that my yoga practice brings, amidst the busy chaos of my life – that still point that is so central to Dru!

    Lovely post… inspirational! :)

  2. I meant to comment when I first read this but I went off to look at some of your sources of inspiration and spent ages looking at Tiny Buddha. I just loved it and now I’m signed up for their daily email. Thanks so much for that, I’m enjoying receiving the messages.
    As for my own inspiration, it mostly comes from my gardening. I think nature can teach us so much. It helps me to realise I’m not in control when the weather interferes with my planting. Sometimes when the wind ‘prunes’ my carefully tended plants but then they often grow back stronger. Its a great message.
    I also love the Hippie Peace Freaks on Facebook.
    Thanks for your lovely blog – have a great weekend.

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