“Wake up an artist; be an artist each day. Do what is before you to do. Be still, open and willing” ~ Aliye Cullu
Do you ever think about your day ahead and decide to get some writing done. However, you don’t end up getting started? You then decide to write tomorrow, but often tomorrow comes and goes; you still haven’t written as you hoped.
This scenario is common. We have all been there. The reason is, it is difficult to take action on an idea when we haven’t set a foundation to stand solidly on and follow-though with our creative goals.
Luckily we can set ourselves up to get writing and we have a beautiful opportunity to do so before bed.
At night, before drifting to sleep, we can capitalize on the time when the veil between our unconscious and conscious worlds is thin. In this space, we allow our intentions for the next day to sink in, we allow for new creativity to come forward, and we get ourselves moving on our creative work.
I invite you to follow this simple routine before going to bed. Doing so will help you get writing the next day with energy, determination, and inspiration.
- Before going to bed, set your intention.
Setting an intention may seem simple but doing so holds power and influence over your future actions. When you focus your thoughts, distill your ideas and create an intention, you start putting your writing into motion.
Decide what you want to write, why you want to write, and what your goal is for the next day.
Write it down. Get specific.
For example, last night before going to bed, I wrote down the title of this article. I got clear on my intention to bring it to form, why it was important to me to do so, and thought through the logistics of how, and when, I was going to write.
By bringing clarity to my writing goal, I was able to work on it “behind the scenes.” As I was going through my day, ideas for the article world pop-up, phrases would come into focus and the organization of the article would happen organically.
This experience happened because I planted the seed with my intention and it had space to grow.
- Let inspired words float you to sleep
I like to keep a book of poetry by my bed. I absolutely love Rilke and love falling asleep to his words. When we read poetry, or other work that constellates our inner divine creativity before sleep, we carry this momentum into the next day.
I invite you to read a poem before bed. It is short and lyrical, it invokes the senses. When I read poetry, I find my breathing often synch to the cadence of the words. This creates an embodied experience that puts me, in a deeper way, in the writing frame of mind.
You can read what feels right and has energy for you. Keep the books and authors that inspire you by your bed. These are the ones that get you thinking and wanting to create.
Allow yourself to fall asleep to these words.
- Experience what reaching your writing goal feels like
As you allow the words you read to float into your depths, and as you fall into the beautiful liminal space between waking and dreaming, feel in your body the experience of reaching your writing goal.
Ask yourself what it would feel like to have followed through with your intention.
Maybe you breathe deeper, relax more or you feel a smile cross your face. Maybe you uncurl and feel open and alive.
Allow this feeling to grow and catch fire in you.
Breathe here, love this feeling. Fall asleep to this feeling. It will grow in you overnight.
- A new day
When you wake up. Take a moment and remember. Remember your intention; remember the feelings and words you went to bed with. Hold this as you enter your day and your writing practice.