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Inspiration



When we are inspired, we often say we feel moved. Inspiration isn’t just a feeling; it’s a strong feeling coupled with an urge to do—to create or change the world around us—in response to that feeling. Whether we are inspired to create art, to act towards justice, or to love with compassion, we are moved by witnessing the world around us. Sometimes we are inspired by awe and beauty, sometimes by curiosity and delight, and sometimes even by frustration and injustice. When we lose our inspiration, we can no longer envision what we’re working towards, or can no longer feel the energy that first propelled us to act. All feelings come and go, so it’s no surprise that inspiration ebbs and flows as well. Seeing lack of inspiration not as a loss, but as an opportunity for exploration and rediscovery gives us the freedom to continually reset and reconnect with the dynamic world we part of.

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Where Good Ideas Come from | Steven Johnson

People often credit their ideas to individual "Eureka!" moments. But Steven Johnson shows how history tells a different story. His fascinating tour takes us from the "liquid networks" of London's coffee houses to Charles Darwin's long, slow hunch to today's high-velocity web.

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Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative

An inspiring guide to creativity in the digital age, Steal Like an Artist presents ten transformative principles that will help readers discover their artistic side and build a more creative life.

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Why Inspiration Matters

“When your Daemon is in charge, do not try to think consciously. Drift, wait, and obey.” — Rudyard Kipling

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FindCenterMy bounty is as boundless as the sea, my love as deep; the more I give to thee, the more I have, for both are infinite.

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The Art of Creative Inspiration | Victor Shamas | TEDxTucson

Victor Shamas, PhD, offers a fresh vision of the creative process as well as two practical tools for inducing the peak experience of creative inspiration.

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The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph

The Obstacle is the Way has become a cult classic, beloved by men and women around the world who apply its wisdom to become more successful at whatever they do.

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Sherman Alexie: Plainspoken Inspiration

We recently spoke with Sherman Alexie by phone to hear his thoughts on inspiration, and the role it plays in his creative practice.

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FindCenterThere are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.

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African American Artist Illustrates the Power of Black Women | NowThis

Artist Jamilla Okubo is using her craft to illustrate the power of Black women. Raised in Washington DC, Jamilla Okubo uses her art to give a positive visual representation of Black women. Okubo is vocal about empowering women because of her upbringing.

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Drawing Out the Muses: Find and Develop Unlimited Creative Inspiration From the Everyday World

Drawing Out the Muses is based on the premise that visual inspiration can be found anywhere; in nature, with household objects, though sound, using raw visual elements, dreams and even from being uninspired.

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