Monday Musings: Motivation VS Inspiration!

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Recently someone asked, what motivates you?  And our answer (Ron's and mine) is nothing.  We are more likely to wait for inspiration to strike us.  We referred to that as "inspired action."

 

We also call it "muse mail!" Why, because inspiration comes from our very soul.  It is a high and a manifestation of our soul's intent., When we are inspired we are at peace with our lives.

 

We definte motivation as ego driven (the desire to compete, work hard, succeed and be better than______(fill in the blank).  And when many achieve their goal, we have seen them ask themselves, "Is that all there is?" And then, they get back to motivating themselves to that next level.  Of course, there is nothing wrong with that, it works for many! 

 

We are in the process of writing a book that we would like to see published in 2020.  However, we are relying solely on inspiration to write, not on motivation which would mean a deadline, writing a 1000 words a day or any other concept that many find helpful in writing. 

 

Thus far we have written four chapters in less than a week.  The words came rushing like a river into our fingers tapping away on the keyboard. 

 

We both love that feeling, it is heady and satisfying...When writing blog posts, I will wait for that inspired thought to guide me as I have this morning in writing this post. At these times, there is nothing else on my mind, no thoughts, no worries, just being in the moment enjoying the flow of words through my fingertips.

 

What helps inspiration flow?  Mindfulness, being in the moment, the here and the now. I often think of Thich Nhat Hanh's example of drinking a cup of tea which he explained in an interview with Oprah:

 

"Suppose you are drinking a cup of tea. When you hold your cup, you may like to breathe in, to bring your mind back to your body, and you become fully present. And when you are truly there, something else is also there—life, represented by the cup of tea. In that moment you are real, and the cup of tea is real.

 

You are not lost in the past, in the future, in your projects, in your worries. You are free from all of these afflictions. And in that state of being free, you enjoy your tea. That is the moment of happiness, and of peace. "

 

"With mindfulness, you can establish yourself in the present in order to touch the wonders of life that are available in that moment. It is possible to live happily in the here and the now. So many conditions of happiness are available—more than enough for you to be happy right now. You don't have to run into the future in order to get more."

 

Take a moment to be inspired.  Inspired action leads to great results--not just great, but outstanding.  It is a moment of creation with no holds barred, and we can assure you, it feels great!

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Joe Pryor Thank you for your answer, I am delighted you took the time to answer, and this is inspiring.  A

Jun 24, 2019 04:18 PM #24
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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First off let me say the vibrant hue of those lilies absolutely knocks my socks off.  And, like you, I'm not looking for motivation, but I am often moved once inspiration takes hold.

Jun 24, 2019 04:58 PM #25
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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CONGRATULATIONS Ron and Alexandra, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Jun 24, 2019 04:59 PM #26
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I find that I motivate myself through helping or inspiring others Ron and Alexandra Seigel 

Jun 24, 2019 08:13 PM #27
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James Dray
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Morning Alexandra.

I'll be looking for that book, once it is published. have a great week, now get to work writing four more chapters

Jun 25, 2019 02:41 AM #28
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Kat Palmiotti
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Those are gorgeous flowers!

I am trying to be more mindful; I do find happiness increases by enjoying (or at least appreciating) whatever is going on at any specific moment. 

Jun 25, 2019 04:19 AM #29
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Richie Alan Naggar
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Your quest is going somewhere....

Jun 25, 2019 05:49 AM #30
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Grant Schneider
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Good morning Ron and Alexandra - here is my take on this.  Motivation is from within and no one motivates other.  Outside stimulus can create your inter motion.However, inspiration can come from the outside.  Congratulations on writing a book.  It takes discipline.

Jun 25, 2019 10:36 AM #31
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Grant Schneider thank you for adding your take on this.  That outside needs a honed inside to hear it.  Years ago we went to what was then known as Yugoslavia on the recommendation of a client.  Although our hotel and surroundings were beautiful. we both felt uneasy, so much so that we felt we had to get the heck out  of the country.  The next morning, we left for Italy and the moment we crossed the border into Trieste, war of some sort was breaking out. 

Thank you for your comment...A

Jun 25, 2019 11:28 AM #32
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Richie Alan Naggar we are going along for the ride, it is the next logical thing for us.  A

Jun 25, 2019 11:29 AM #33
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Kat Palmiotti we both take time to do that daily.  Weeding has been very successful as a result of our mindfulness...A

Jun 25, 2019 11:30 AM #34
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James Dray We now have an outline also, so it is moving on its own volition.  A

Jun 25, 2019 11:31 AM #35
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS good for you, and we all have our ways of doing things that work uniquely for us.  A

Jun 25, 2019 11:32 AM #36
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Myrl Jeffcoat exactly, and it like a wonderful dance to the rhytm of the universe!  And a big Thank You for the feature.  Always appreciated.  A

Jun 25, 2019 11:33 AM #37
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Congratulations on the gold star. I just returned from the garden - there is inspiration everywhere as I'm lost in the beauty of plants and nature.  I prefer your method of getting something done. :) 

Jun 25, 2019 12:01 PM #38
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD it has worked  for me my whole life and the same for Ron.  Those inspired actions are so much more effective, and as far as we are concerned there is nothing wrong with just hanging out and waiting for that perfect moment to come and not missing it thanks to mindfulness.  A

Jun 25, 2019 12:29 PM #39
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Beautiful and meaningful post, Ron and Alexandra Seigel.  I agree in that there is a Soul/Inspiration depth connection. For me, it is where Enlightenment, Synchronicity and Miracles conjoin in a higher consciousness. Will look forward to 2020 and your published book.

Jun 26, 2019 07:42 AM #40
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Jane,

Absolutely well said in your comment.  We love when those moments happen!  Synchronicity and Miracles are the fuel of our souls.  Thank you so much for adding this aspect to this discussion.  A

Jun 26, 2019 07:56 AM #41
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Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
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Oh yes! Thanks for writing this inspired post! As I sit here in silence, I can envision that cup of tea and the REALNESS of the moment.

Jun 28, 2019 11:49 AM #42
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Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty thank you for taking the time to comment.  And Thich Nhat Hahn does this for an hour with his students.  Wishing you a great weekend.  A

Jun 28, 2019 12:04 PM #43
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