First we felt the air, cold, wrap around us and inside of us. In between cries, we took in the world. Our little peepers started to become aware of all the shapes and colours and faces that surrounded us. We started to make sense through connections and patterns of this mysterious creation in which we found ourselves. So much movement, so many changes, everything in an unbounded flux of colors, smells, forms. There was much to transfix the senses—an endless evolution of sensations. We became innocent spectators in awe. But slowly we started to realise that in all this magic we play more a role than the watcher. We realised that we could create with this magic ourselves, and that the dance we saw unfolding in front of us not just included us, but yearned for us.

Issue Four of Sea Stoke explores the creative relationship of the moment and our surroundings. In the pages that follow are ideas, stories and people that inspire us to take time to receive what is being offered in the moment. These moments can come from years of experience or from an instant spark that ignites years of inspiration. They can come to us through careful observation of our environment or from immersion into the countless stories weaving their way through our days. They can permeate through the most seemingly mundane of times in flashes of brilliance. But the more we listen, the more we remember that there are only these moments, the brilliance is a constant hum in the background, sometimes we pay attention, other times we ignore the music.

We hope that whatever you’re doing, wherever you are, you take a breath, slow down and embrace what is being offered to you in these moments. Let the world inspire you, mold you and change you so that you may imprint your own unique experience on world.

“The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves”.

Carl Jung

Photograph by Nic de Jesus