"Although the rhythm of the waves beats a kind of time, it's not clock or calendar time. It has no urgency. It's timeless time. Because, I know I am listening to a rhythm which has been just the same for millions of years. And it takes you out of the world of relentlessly ticking clocks. Clocks for some reason or another always seem to be marching. And armies never march to anything but doom. But there is no marching rhythm in the motion of waves. It harmonizes with the breath. It does not count our days. Its pulse is not in the stingy spirit of measuring, of marking out how much still remains. It is the breathing of eternity..."
You worry that there are too many images, too much art, too much content; you believe the world has become too heavy, and therefore you musn't add to it, musn't make it heavier. Of course, when your mind is always filled with the work of other people—what room remains for your own? What reason is there to create anything yourself, when you have access to a constant stream of riveting music and moving poetry and beautiful images and captivating design.
It's tempting to simply live out your creative spirit vicariously through other people's creations—which have become ubiquitous thanks to the computer, and which you can compulsively hoard into your files and folders, never to be out of reach. But that is exactly the problem: you never allow anything to be out of reach. With everything at your fingertips, and with nothing to yearn for, why create? What void is there to fill?
Please, close your laptop screen. Close your eyes, and against a backdrop of darkness, the images of your mind will come out to play. Turn off the music, and you will hear melodies compose themselves out of the silence. Longing is the fertile soil of creativity; it was Rumi's longing for his beloved friend Shams which transformed him into the mystical poet we know of today. Allow yourself too to be transformed by longing.
But when you really look at it, when you are your most comfortable self—at dinner with friends for example—you have all that stuff. You have the charisma; you have the gestures; you have the way of words.