Especially lately, I think it's so important to stop and take moments to just burn your surroundings and corresponding feelings to your mental hard-drive, as it were. This is especially lovely to do when sitting outside (to which the fiery Hades of Texas Summer is not entirely conducive, but still); there is something so calming and wonderful about nature. (Potted plants and patio misters? Not nature. Sorry.)
Humor me, if you will...
Grab a giant blanket/towel, your iPod, and head to the nearest park, clearing, lake/river bank, etc. Sit for at least 30 minutes. (Alone, if you can swing it.) Keep the volume on the music contraption down low enough to still hear the birds chirp and the waves churn (if you are lucky enough to have a water view), and just look around.*
And, if you are feeling stifled on the inspiration front, here are some lovely ditties I recommend for said occasion...
"Delicate" - Damien Rice
"Moon River" - Patty Griffin
"Quiet Town" - Josh Rouse
"Hideaway" - Karen O and the Kids
"Jesus Was a Crossmaker" - Rachael Yamagata
"Revelry" - Kings of Leon
"Clockwork" - MuteMath
"Keep the Car Running" - Arcade Fire
...or add the Ray LaMontagne station to Pandora and let 'er rip.
If you are moved to tears, I'm not responsible. Well...maybe a little. But it's good for ya.
*Side note from Mama Nat: tell at least one person where you're going. Don't be those co-eds in Zodiac.