Passion as a Creative Force by Wendy Betterini http://www.wingsfortheheart.com How passionate is your life? Do you feel passionate about your work, your relationships, or your hobbies? Or has your life become an exercise in boredom and obligation? We usually envision a steamy romance when we think of passion, but passion can be present in any type of situation. Passion is that great feeling of excitement, joy, and intensity you get when you truly love what you're doing. Whether you just started an exciting new job, or met someone special, or discovered a fun new hobby, you feel alive and happy and fully engaged with life. However, you may not have considered the biggest benefit of passion, and that is its potential as a creative force. We already know that our thoughts can influence our experiences, but emotion (passion especially!) has the potential to take this concept to a new level. Why is that? Everything we do is infused with our energy, and the type of energy we put out is usually reflected back to us in some form. If we go through our days feeling bored or uninspired or stressed, guess what type of energy we're putting into our work, our relationships, and any activity we perform? And guess what type of energy will be reflected back to us? If we don't feel passionate about something, we won't give it the same level of effort and attention, and our results will be less than stellar. On the other hand, doing something with passion and joy brings forth powerful energy that literally gives LIFE to anything we do. Whether we're working at our jobs, interacting with friends and loved ones, or creating a work of art, passion makes those things come alive. Is it possible to create passion where none existed before? Can we take control of this creative force and use it to make our lives better? Yes! Like so many other things in life, it just requires a shift in thinking. Here are 5 ways to create more passion in your life: 1) Make time. Most of us are so busy rushing around that we don't have time to feel passionate about anything. Generating a little passion doesn't take a lot of time, but we do need to be willing to slow down our pace and make room for it. 2) Be present. Even if we slow our pace, we still might be distracted and scattered so we miss out on opportunities to feel passionate about something. If we're constantly thinking about the future, or the past, we can't focus fully on the present, and we miss it. Take time to be in the present moment. Several times throughout the day, pause and awaken your senses. 3) Tiny details. Being present in the moment is a great start, but we can intensify our experience by paying attention to the smaller details. Rather than simply walking through a park and enjoying a sunny day, pause to admire the way the sunlight plays on the flowers, listen to the sound of children laughing, and engage more deeply with the moment. 4) Be interested. Most of us go through our daily routine on autopilot, and we don't make an effort to feel interested in what we're doing. Rather than mindlessly driving to work, make it an enjoyable experience. Put on some good music and sing along. Listen to a book on tape. Repeat empowering affirmations to lift your mood. During your daily routine, pay more attention to the things you do, and find a way to make them interesting. Ironically, if you take a greater interest in everything around you, everything will seem much more interesting. 5) Get interested. Equally important as expressing an interest in your usual activities is developing an interest in new activities. Take some classes, join a club, take up a new hobby. Seek out things you've always wanted to do but never found the time. Get your juices flowing! Finally, remember that like anything else, feeling passionate is a choice. We simply need to make a decision to feel more passionate about our activities, and seek out activities that make us feel passionate. Before long, our lives will have become a beautiful, passionate work of art.