Inspiration is a sudden, profound wave of joy that washes over us when we feel fully connected to the world, and everyone in it. This powerful feeling can transform us, because it feels like all of life’s pieces have clicked into place, and the meaning of our lives has suddenly become clear.
The challenge with Inspiration, however, is that we can’t summon it. Inspiration happens suddenly and without warning. Yet, even though we can’t will it to happen, we can put ourselves in a position this summer to make experiencing this life-changing joy possible.
WHAT YOU CAN DO THIS MONTH
Now that summer is upon us and the days are longer, July gives us many ways to open ourselves to the possibility of Inspiration. With this abundance of light, we get outdoors more, reconnect with friends and family, travel more, and feel excited to try new things. Start tomorrow, with Independence Day—one of the most inspiring holidays of the year:
Attend 4th of July festivities—especially the fireworks
If you’re able, attend your town’s Independence Day parade, and go out to where your community is hosting fireworks. Celebrating with the nation, and seeing the awe-inspiring fireworks together with your community will help inspire feelings of patriotism and connect you to something larger than yourself.
Visit a museum
If you have kids, try bringing them to a museum on a hot day. As you move through rooms of art, history, or science, take a moment to become aware of how your children are reacting to the exhibits. Recognizing the discovery and wonder they feel may inspire awe in you as well.
Host a block party
Throw some hotdogs on the grill and invite your friends, family and neighbors over for a meet and greet. Being a part of a group that helps you feel Grounded and linked to your community can help encourage a feeling of connection to something larger than yourself.
Go to an outdoor concert or movie
Outdoor concerts in the summer are a great way to combine the outdoors and a feeling of connection with your community. When you go, take a few moments to become fully aware of the environment with each of your senses. Feel the warm breeze, hear each of the tones and notes in the music, gaze at the stars. Afterwards, reflect on the entire experience. How did it make you feel?
Go for a hike
Like witnessing the beautiful colors in a piece of art, exploring nature can help you feel Inspired. Try going for a short hike one weekend. If you find a scenic overlook that inspires feelings of awe in you, pause there for a moment. Try to become deeply aware of your surroundings with all of your senses to increase your chances of Inspiration.
Summer can be a busy time, and these are just a few examples of some of the many ways you can look for beauty and connect to the world around us. If there is a summertime activity that inspires you, we’d love to hear about it in the comments below. It may just help someone else become inspired as well!
Share with us in the comments below: What summertime activity inspires you?