Who's Your Muse? Taking a Tip From the Ancient Greeks

I remember Rama, my Dad’s Tai Chi student. She was a muse for me. I totally adored her. She was one of the most elegant women I had ever met, dressed in all black in winter, and all white in summer (I kid you not). She moved through life with grace and presence.  She taught me to slow down, to breathe, and to meditate.


Who has acted as a muse in your life? Who has personified grace and beauty for you? 


The following exercise describes ways to invoke your own muse, so take a peek. It’s easier than you think.



1) Remember to Remember  

Memory is the mother of the Muses. Make a practice of writing down 5-10 things you want to remember each day. Memory is the muscle that must be flexed every day. 



2) Read and Study History 
Recall Seneca’s prescient words that those who don’t know where they came from remain children. Read a biography or novel about one of your favorite creative people from times past.



3) Memorize Love Poetry 

Start by simply belting out your favorite song. The breathing and emotion involved in singing stirs the smoldering embers. Sing a song out loud. Go for it!



4) Speak up!

Revive oratory. You don’t know what you think until you’ve had to declare what you stand for. Give an impassioned speech.



5) GO DANCING. THIS WEEK!

Dance your truth and get grounded. Patronize and support a local dance troupe. Make your words dance on the page. 



6) Lighten Up. For Reals.

Leaven your next business meeting with some jokes; focus on the light side. Be silly. I mean it. It makes a difference.



 7) Gaze at the Night Sky

This is a time-honored tradition for learning the long view. And man oh man is it powerful. Look Up.



So how goes it? I hope this has been helpful. Go out and find your muse!!! Tell me about it; I would love to hear.


PS This list has been inspired by the brilliant creative genius, Phil Cousineau, “Stoking the Creative Fires; 9 Ways to Rekindle Passion and Imagination


Rachel Fleischman