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Finding Inspiration

I like to have inspiration in my life.  However, sometimes, I do not always feel inspired.  Therefore, I must wait.

I read an article explaining how inspiration and/or flashes of genius are actually rooted in science.   Because of this, we can create a system and life that allows ourselves to have better ideas more often.

The article stated everything you have read, tasted, viewed, experienced and learned over the years is stored in your brain as unrelated connections.  A section of your brain called the superior anterior temporal gyrus (right side, just behind your ear) helps connect the dots and puts them together into a cohesive idea.

However, if you are stressed all the time or have created a crazy and busy schedule with little to no down time, your brain has a harder time looking for those dots because it is so focused on what you have going on.  When your body can relax, your creativity can shine as your creativity is really your brain connecting the dots and presenting solutions.

This is why many people get their best ideas in the shower.  They are completely disconnected — no phones, no email, no computers — which allows the brain to get to work.

As a result, if you want better ideas, set the intention to regularly do something out of your norm.   Read better books and read them more often.  Go to museums.  Watch well-made films.  Go to a comedy show.  Go for a walk.  Go for a swim.  Learn to cook.  Take up knitting.

You can do it alone or make it a date with your spouse, kids, or friends.  The trick is to get out of your usual routine and allow yourself to have fun and relax.

Making time to take care of yourself is better for yourself in the long run.   I am working on simply being.

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