You're My Muse.

You’re my Muse…

…my worst distraction, my rhythm and blues.  

In love, we have felt this.  The dichotomy of being completely taken off course, while also completely inspired by the one we love.  Many of us have also been this muse for someone else.  A mirror, a voice, a piece of inspiration for another.

In my most intense relationship, I was moved by the idea of “MUSE”.  To be the inspiration for creativity, expression, a work of art, in another person’s soul.  What a compliment!  Yet what responsibility to be held in such high regard.

This concept takes on a new meaning when we apply it to ourselves.  Through self-love, we can find and honor our inner muse. We no longer need to rely solely on others to ignite our fire of inspiration.  The closer we come to being the ideal version of ourselves, the more self-love we have.  

Consider the times you’ve told yourself you are going to elevate your health, but kept slipping back to old habits - and in turn, you beat yourself up over your setbacks.  Consider the impact of the negative self-talk you inflict on yourself while in that state. There is not enough room in your soul for this negative energy. The decline in your self worth just leads to more drinking, more cheetos, and more time engaging in the vicious cycle of sabotage.  

Now compare that to the times when you set clear health goals and took the personal responsibility to actually get there.  The process becomes fun, your setbacks become few and far between, and your internal dialogue becomes one of self-love. You now enjoy how you feel, your confidence increases and you love yourself more.

You are riding this high because you are “living your muse” - our term for aligning with who you are meant to be and showing up as your highest expression of self. You are meant to be powerful, healthy, and strong. There is an immense amount of responsibility that comes with living your muse.  It takes attention, work and accountability, but when we are aligned, we know it.  We feel it.  And it translates to self-love, which in turn emanates into the world around you.  Be that light and live your muse.

Rashanna Moss
Executive Visionary, Moderna Muse

The Bridge

It is a long and sometimes treacherous journey that leads to life’s sweetest rewards. Think of this journey as nothing but a bridge that can serve you and guide you to exactly where you are meant to be - if you let it. The bridge has been my metaphor for years in regards to thresholds; the act of crossing over from one side to another. 

For some of us, the bridge between who we are and who we want to become might be as long as the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, and for others, it's closer to the length of Austin’s South Congress Bridge.   The length of the bridge isn’t what’s important.  It’s all about the ability to connect to your muse and take responsibility to conquer what’s on the bridge.  

With many of life’s challenges comes the question, “where do I start?” The answer is simple if you visualize yourself standing before your bridge. You have no choice but to begin exactly where you are. What do you do for a living? What have you accomplished? Where do you call home, and what’s your level of wellness? What role does your spirituality play in your life, and how much of your truth is portrayed through self expression? Who is in your inner circle, and in what ways is this circle affecting you?  On the other side of the bridge is the person you dream about being, your highest expression of self…your MUSE. How do her answers to these questions differ from yours, as you stand at the beginning of your bridge?

On the right side of the bridge, you will find all of the things that move you closer to your muse. On the left, you’ll find all of the things that push you back toward where you started.  It’s up to you to stay close to the things that serve you – the proper training, self work and connections - and reject the things that turn you back. It can be difficult to sidestep fear, hold yourself accountable for your actions, or remove yourself from a toxic inner circle. And this is where the challenge begins – staying steady on the right side of the bridge, ignoring the distractions on the left side, and moving toward your muse every day.

We have all mistakenly taken on things and people in our lives that push us backwards.  The left side of the bridge is full of noise and interference.  And although we have the power to strengthen the right side, the left side will get louder and louder as the right side gets stronger.  Not until you take the responsibility to step into your power, establish boundaries and sweep out the left side, can you truly live your muse with the peace, clarity and creativity that is required to reach your highest expression of self. 

Rashanna Moss
Founder, Moderna Muse