How seeking new sensations can help you find your muse
Doing the same old things over and over again will result in you feeling the exact same sensations and feelings over and over again. Not really inspiring at all. In order to properly recharge your creative batteries, you need to go out there and try new things and seek new sensations. If you are a homebody, do something exciting, or if you are already active try something relaxing and watch as these new feelings help bring your muse back.
That new sensation
When we go for a ride somewhere, my dog loves to stick his head out the window and let his slobbery cheeks flap in the wind. I have never stuck my head out of a window of a car while it is speeding down the road, but as I watch my dog thoroughly enjoy this sensation, I feel an urge to try it out for myself. (Of course, I will first have to get someone else to drive me around.) I bet if I were to do this, I would probably gain better insight as to why my dog does this. Perhaps the feel of the wind pushing back the droopy folds of his face makes it seem like he is running really fast, or perhaps he does it to take in all the smells of the outside world as they come rushing at him. Or, maybe it just feels good.
While sticking your head out the window of a car like a dog may seem a bit silly, the concept of willing yourself to explore new sensations like this one is actually very serious stuff, especially when it comes to finding new ideas and inspirations. Whether it is sticking our head out the window of moving vehicles, riding a bicycle down a challenging hill, or engaging in an intense game of online chess, we all have things that we like to do. The only problem with these things that we like, is that if we never change them up and try to feel new and different things, we can end up becoming a bit stagnant creatively. By actively engaging in different experiences and trying new things, we can then open up the door for new creative ideas.
For example, let us say that what I like to do is to go out to the coldest deepest lake in the area and dive right in. At first, the experience of swimming in the cold, deep lake might fill me with new sensations and ideas that I can use in a number of creative ways such as writing a poem about swimming or describing a scene in a novel and so on. But, after a while, the novelty wears off and eventually my little routine of jumping in the lake becomes pedestrian and uninspiring.
What we then need to do is try something else and seek out new sensations. Instead of swimming in the lake all the time and making it boring and uninspiring, I could try something different such as hiking through the woods or even boating on top of the lake. I could even forgo the outdoor activity altogether and do something contrary such as visiting a city. By opening myself up to the new sensations that come along with these experiences, I will no doubt find myself newly inspired.