I have finished Bird by Bird by Anne Lemont, I also read Eats, Shoots and Leaves by Lynne Truss, and I am now reading Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg.
She says, "Inspiration means 'breathing in'."
I love the imagery of this statement.
When I think about breathing in my lungs are filled up and the air wants to be released out.
Creativity is so much like this for me. I get obsessive about things I am interested in doing and learning about and I totally immerse myself in it. I breathe in the inspiration and when I have learned or gathered what I need to I stop inhaling, I then begin exhaling and begin creating.
The inspiration; the breathing in, becomes the creation; the breathing out. We can follow that just as in meditation.
That breath I draw in releases into something new, something potent in my life, some birth. It might be a new way of thinking or a new quilt or a new skill it doesn't matter. It always starts with the breath in. The inspiration.
Creation is meditation. It is following the breath.