Water: The Magic Element
“If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.” Loren Eisley
Before our move to Nova Scotia, our home backed onto a quiet lake in Ontario. Living by the water was something I’d dreamed of as a kid and we enjoyed that lake for almost 20 years. I especially loved watching the weather move across the water and the sunsets on the far shore.
Peace of the ocean
However, since moving here to the Bay of Fundy, I honestly feel I’ve traded up.
Anytime of the day I can step out my door and the ocean lies just around the corner, always different, always fascinating. Walking the dog is always an adventure. In the fall an eagle pair hunt along our shoreline. Yesterday, a pair of seals bobbed just offshore, watching us watching them. Fishing boats come and go, while the weather has its way with everything.
I’m so grateful to be living this close to powerful tides and the sound of waves and wind. The smell of salt and seaweed keeps me aware of the invisible. Beach-combing for interesting rocks, fishing floats and driftwood has become my new form of meditation.
And honestly, how many people have a lighthouse almost in their backyard?
Water and Creativity
Studies show we are hard-wired to react positively to water. We become calmer and more creative (which is a definite plus for this artist). Being near water gives our brains a rest from all that stimulation around us. And who doesn’t need that these days?
Apparently this preference for water is even responsible for those Aha moments many of us experience in the shower.
For me, there is definitely magic in the water here. There’s just no other way to explain why my life is more peaceful and my art more heart-centered living here on the shore.
Where do you go to feed your creative heart?