How Can You Bring More Inspiration Into Your Life? - Dale Darley
How Can You Bring More Inspiration Into Your Life_

How Can You Bring More Inspiration Into Your Life?

How could you bring more inspiration into your life?

One thing that certainly inspires me, although I wasn’t old enough to go was Woodstock.

In August 1969, an amazing 3 day festival of peace changed the lives of many. It was a gathering like many had never seen before. It’s one of those events that I would have loved to have been at and immersed myself in. What about you? Can you imagine it?

The most important aspect of Woodstock for me is that it like many events of a similar type is the call for peace.

Right now the world is in chaos and full of fear. My mum is terrified, as I guess lots of older people would be. For me, it’s the isolation, which is strange as I love my own company and the isolation of where I live. I am craving community and I’d certainly adore to lose myself in a Woodstock.

Music takes me on journeys through time, usually back to some story of derring-do. Although the time of my life might not have been fun, it seems that with the passage of time, I usually see that time with a certain fondness.

Some songs take me on pathways through my memories and into little nuggets of clarity. When I get messages, it is often through songs, much to the amusement of my clients.

Joni Mitchell missed Woodstock but this is a song of hers I love. Mind you I could fill a page of videos of great songs from Woodstock and there would be no time for thinking we could just dance the day away…

Woodstock happened in August 1969, long before the Internet and mobile phones made it possible to communicate instantly with anyone, anywhere. It was a time when we weren’t able to witness world events or the horrors of war live on 24-hour news channels. Richie Havens

I don’t know about you, but I’d adore another Woodstock and a few days respite from the madness of the world. A festival of being and of communicating with others from a place of peace and love. But of course, we can’t and I wonder if we will ever be able to?

Imagine if we could manifest peace and love? Imagine if we could find a way to bring more peace into the lives of the people around us who are living in fear. Imagine if we could dance away the darkness?

What I wonder could each of us do to inspire others to find their version of inner peace and be able to ride out this ‘thing’?

What we will think when we look back to August 2020? I’m curious to know what I will think about when reading this blog and being reminded of what my life was like.

There is, of course, good and bad in all aspects of our lives. What has supported me and will continue to support me is being in nature which is grounding. Nature always brings me back to me. I have found myself extremely grateful that I live in such a beautiful place, where I have been able to walk with my dogs.

I am inspired by the peace around me and living a peaceful life. Being in nature is where I get most of my ideas outside of my journal.

I am truly grateful to have found a way to get out of my head and into my heart.

Even if you can’t get to Woodstock or out in nature, perhaps playing some of your favourite music and then journaling could bring some much-needed inspiration, clarity and inner peace. Here are a few prompts to take you on an inner journey.

Inspirational journaling prompts

  • My favourite way to spend an hour is…?
  • Ten things that inspire me to be a better person are?
  • My idea of a perfect day is…
  • If I could inspire one person to do…, it would be…
  • Three people who constantly inspire me are…, because…
  • What are the questions you need answers to?
  • What are the answers to the questions you are asking?
  • This book inspired me to be a better person because…

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does. William James

You may not be able to solve the world crisis, but just for a while you can find a place of peace and inspiration.

In case you are wondering, my favourite way to spend an hour would be an early morning foray into the rambla (dried river bed pathway) with my dogs. I’d lose myself in thoughts while they sniffed and explored. Back home it would be tea and cake – of course.

Other favourite ways to spend an hour include chatting with my mum. She is onto her ninth or tenth book and she will often ask me for ideas of where to take the story. Or we will talk about life experiences and memories and generally put the world to rights.

When you go to bed tonight, chose a prompt, connect with your muse. Start writing the mundane and wait for the magic. In the morning chose to take some time to be in nature and see what else arises for you.

What I love about inspiration is that it comes from the simplest of activities and I am sure it will for you too.

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Dale Darley

Personal Brand Strategist and Author. I want to inspire people to get connected to their hearts, know and do what they love. For those people to become an inspiration and show others what is possible in the world. Mum to three dogs and a family of swallows. Life without cake is a life unlived.

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