Sharon Saltzberg on Connection, Compassion and Loving Kindness

“As we go about our ordinary day it’s easy to overlook how vulnerable we all are to change. In some ways I think our society is built around the notion that if we accumulate enough, or get that one, special experience, relationship or object, it will serve as a totem against change. It’s a powerful […]

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Find Your Motivation & Increase Energy with These Ancient Techniques

Find your motivation and boost your energy levels with these ancient tools and techniques. Every writer and artist has days where their drive dips or motivation flags a little, when instead of being filled with creative splendour, they find themselves creatively stuck, unable to express much less motivate that expression. If struggling to find that discipline or drive, attending […]

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Acupressure to Ease Creative Doubt

Creative doubt can affect every aspect of the creative process, from confidence in your craft to your passion for a project. Try these acupressure points to alleviate creative doubt, no matter the medium of your art. As a prequel to the post on writing doubt, these acupressure points can be used to alleviate creative doubt. Every artist, just as every writer, experiences […]

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Pema Chödrön on the Moment, Not Taking Things Personally and Liberation

How to taste the quality of the moment by Pema Chödrön It could be the main koan of your life. How to taste the quality of the moment, of the week, without the labels of good and bad, or succeeding and failing. But really just get used to tasting or knowing or experiencing the quality […]

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Release Creative Anxiety and Stress with Acupressure

Release Creative Anxiety and Stress with Acupressure Our creative expression is so intrinsically linked to our self-worth that when we create — no matter the medium — it is far from rare for creative souls to become a little anxious about our work. “Anxiety is part of creativity, the need to get something out, the need to be rid […]

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Barefoot Doctor’s Healing Sequence for Attaining the Transcendent State of the Taoist Sage

Delighted to welcome Barefoot Doctor onto Inspire Portal. Barefoot’s healing sequence for attaining awareness, calm and the transcendent state of the Taoist sage can be used when needing to rebalance, ground and calm yourself. It’s ideal before a writing session or creating your art as your body will feel loose and with it, your creativity loosened too. This site is about […]

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Ajahn Chah on Beginner’s Mind

About this mind—in truth there is nothing really wrong with it. It is intrinsically pure. Within itself it’s already peaceful. If the mind is not peaceful these days, it’s because it follows moods. The real mind doesn’t have anything to it; it is simply an aspect of nature. It becomes peaceful or agitated because moods […]

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The Tao of Creativity: Taoist Techniques to Help Your Writing and Art

Taoism at its core is about living life with harmony and ease, and with as much joy in the process as possible. Most people have heard of Tai Chi and Chi Kung but there are numerous techniques within the Taoist system that can help both you and your creativity to flourish. The following extended offering […]

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7 Reasons to Meditate if You Write or Make Art

A consistent meditation practice infuses and informs everything life, offering you a creative freedom quite unmatched by any other practice. Through stilling your mind and relocating your centre, in as little as five minutes a day, meditation offers a plethora of benefits to both your life and creativity. Even the greatest authors and artists can experience […]

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How Tai Chi Can Improve Your Writing

Mobilizing and maintaining energy plays a vital part in a writer’s success. The process of writing takes tremendous concentration and perseverance. I have found that Tai Chi exercises can enhance my energy while inducing a pleasant state of relaxation, and help me develop my ability to let my thoughts flow naturally. Relaxation means slowing down […]

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