I admit, I was not always able to carry this knowing - not at first. In my early days, I suffered the shadow of the starving artist. I was constricted in lack. The shadows had me and didn't freely offer the illumination of creative wisdom. Through determination I expanded my knowing and ultimately preserved, freeing
myself of the negative stereotype and mindset the archetype of the starving artist represents. In so doing, I now know + experience inspired living.
I take joy in collecting art pieces and found that by giving, I receive exactly what I desire - the experience of inspired living! I don't give to receive but the act of giving with integrity seems to perpetuate my ability to be touched by inspiration.
Using this model, I CAN afford (everyone can) to invest in art, creativity and inspiration. In so doing, we invest in artful living. They’re not lofty concepts but real experiences I live everyday.
It’s through investing my energy and resources that grounds living creatively as an everyday experience.
If I am unable to purchase an object then I choose to give gratitude to the artist by leaving a comment on their blog or writing an email expressing how their work touched my heart.
There are many ways to extend our resources to another. We never know what kind simple deed may represent to another, especially when that other is in need. After all, it could be your kind word that softens the despair of a hard day. It could yield the courage to persevere and endure with a dream or to continue the fight of an illness or worse still - monotony.
In investing creatively, in creativity, I sustain my need to live an inspired life. How do you sustain your need for an inspired life? How do you live creatively? Do you feel a need for inspiration?
Everything that surrounds me, which I interact with and adorn myself in is infused with the infectious energy of the muse – of its creator. I love that!
It's inspiring to live in an environment where all the objects are various products of inspiration. There’s nothing more uplifting than that! And whether it came from me or another doesn’t lesson its magic.
Not at all.
NOW that’s downright magical.
Thanks Kristen for sharing your thoughts - priceless.
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