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  • The evolution of inspiration.

    Posted on May 20, 2012 by in To Inspire

    A Lotus Flower

    This Weekly Me talks about what inspires us and how it can and will change without notice and sometimes unexpectedly.

    If you haven’t guessed by now a great deal of my inspiration comes from the writings of Kahlil Gibran.  I did not even know who he was until after my father died.  It was then I learned that he was one of my father’s favorite writers.  Much of what Kahlil Gibran says speaks to the deepest part of me.  What surprises me most is that the more I read his writings; I find new meaning to take with me.

    In his book The Prophet on Self-Knowledge there is a small piece that I wrote on a canvas and is hanging on my bedroom wall.  I’ve been reading it daily for a few weeks and then suddenly I saw where I was holding back with Devoted to Me.  It says, “Say not, I have found the path of the soul.  Say rather, I have met the soul walking upon my path.  For the soul walks upon all paths.  The soul walks not upon a line, neither does it grow like a reed.  The soul unfolds itself, like a lotus of countless petals.” 

    When I read this for the 100th time it was then that I realized just as I need to live with openness and flexibility to life’s flow, I must do the same with this concept Devoted to Me.  The idea came from the deepest part of me and just as I will continue to change and evolve over time so will Devoted to Me.  The foundation will not change.  The reason why I created it will not change.  The ultimate goal of creating a better world will not change either.  But I must remain open and flexible to wherever the inspiration or ideas lead me that suggests a change or enhancement.

    I was able to keep this mindset when it was suggested to write a children’s book for the younger kids. I realized along the way that this first kit is for adults and kids 12+.  The younger kids need more color and a story to go along with it.  It is my hope to release this version in late summer.  My two beautiful nieces are illustrating the book.

    I was able to keep this in mind when it was suggested to turn this into a workshop so people can learn how it can be used in their life more specifically.  I had never dreamed of offering a workshop.  Why, I have no idea, but when this opportunity was given to me it made perfect sense.  I have my very first workshop on Saturday, June 2nd at Five Sisters…a Spiritual Journey, a store in Miami, FL.

    In both of these cases I was being open and flexible and willing to expand upon the original idea.

    It seems so silly to me now but the one place I struggled with letting go was the suggestion of adding different colors to the bracelet within the kit.  My mind was set on only one color, black.  Having one color as part of the kit was a way of unifying everything and everyone. It was a one size fits all.  End of story.  But it was reading this quote overtime that I clearly see it is okay to add some color even though it was not my original idea. 

    The lesson is to understand that our soul, the deepest part of who we are, “unfolds itself like a lotus of countless petals.”  Today my soul says add a little color to the Devoted to Me kit. Who knows what is next.

    We also might be headed in the same direction but to get there, what inspires us to get there will change and evolve. “The soul walks not upon a line, neither does it grow like a reed.”  Yesterday I loved black, today I need some blue, tomorrow I’ll take some lime green.

    Devoted to Me is and always will be a way to inspire each of us to look within to know, feel and accept who we are.  We are not a one size fits all world.  We are beautiful people who can always use some extra color.

    Let us know what you think.

    Until next time…

    Devoted to Me begins with me and continues to you.  Accept it.  Pass it on.