How watching the lake or the sea can help bring out your muse
"THE SEA IS AS NEAR AS WE COME TO ANOTHER WORLD."
Water, it surrounds us and makes life possible. Going out to a sea or lake and watching the water and all that goes on around it can be a great source for new ideas and inspirations. Next time you are looking for your muse, try going to some open water and do a bit of creative idea fishing.
Ever watch angry water? Perhaps you are at the lake or the beach and a storm is coming in. The waves get high and the sea starts to toss itself against the shore, pounding the sand and rock with its relentless fury. I remember watching angry splashing water on the shores of the Great Lakes during my travels through the Midwest. I remember watching the mighty Lake Superior throw its glacial waters with such fury upon the rocky shores of Upper Michigan that I wondered how any captain would dare sail its vessel upon her surface.
Ever fall asleep to the soothing sounds of rolling beach? Ever sit there and listen to the voices in the splashing waves, the water telling you its history and future through an endless series of crashes and ebbs? I remember how the waters of the Hawaiian Islands were capable of drowning out all other sounds of the night, rocking me to sleep. I also remember the wonderful dreams the waves gave me, dreams that later became ideas and inspirations.
Ever just look out over a body of water and watch it? Ever just watch the life on a lake or the sea? Watch the waves, the boats, the wind surfers, and the fishermen and find yourself at awe at how much of our lives tend to revolve around water? I like to walk my dog in a park that overlooks a busy bay. As he runs along the shoreline, barking and grinning, I like to gaze out at the bay and all things going on. I will watch as a large cargo ship sails underneath the bridge and find myself in awe the sight. I know the ship must be as big as a building, yet it looks insignificant in this giant bay.
Next time you are looking for your muse and are having trouble finding it, try taking a trip to some open water and see what sort of musings looking over it will bring to you. Whether it is a lake or the open sea, a body of water and all that goes on around it is bound to bring you ideas and inspire you onwards towards creativity. Watch as a storm comes in from the ocean or take notice of the life teeming around the lake and allow your mind to roam.
For example, watching the water move up onto the shore, leaving behind starfish, kelp and assorted refuse may spark up an idea for a new recycling venture. Or perhaps, watching a group of sail boats in the middle of a lake might spark an idea for a story. Or maybe the angry waves will give you inspiration for a picture you want to take. The water is full of creative resources and it is waiting for you to discover it. Allow your mind to take in all the life, all the action, all the danger and all the peace that water has to offer. Allow your mind to make connections, and form ideas. Allow your muse to dance with the water sprites and then witness all the creative good that may come out of it.