I’m not exactly a morning person.
In fact, sometimes I wake up feeling a bit jarred because the sun has actually risen and another day has begun.
Most days I make the transition from dark to light fairly well, but other days there’s a pressing feeling that accompanies my waking. It could be tension. Or a sense of the blues. Usually, though, it’s rather shapeless and undefined.
When that shapeless feeling arrives (like today) the very best thing I can do is draw, write, move. And then repeat.
DRAW. For me it’s mostly about color, so I like oil pastel crayons. They help me draw the feeling out. But you could use any medium.
WRITE. Now, let the drawing speak by using any combination of these writing prompts: I am, I have, I feel.
MOVE. Let your body move freely, dancing into the feelings and sensations, expressing the drawing and words you’ve just created. Notice if the movement begins to shift or change the feelings (it usually does).
DRAW AGAIN. Let whatever is present now show up in your drawing.
WRITE AGAIN. Give voice to your most recent drawing with the same writing prompts: I am, I have, I feel.
MOVE AGAIN. If you feel like it. Usually by this time I feel much more centered and ready to start my day.
By the way, I first learned this activity from a great Natalie Rogers book: The Creative Connection. It works best for me if I complete the whole thing fairly quickly, usually in no more than 10 minutes.
So. How do you make the transition from dark to light?
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