The Sleepy Brain

June 26th, 2012

I have my best ideas on long car trips, but since I don’t take many long car trips, I can’t rely on that technique for breakthroughs or epiphanies. I’m trying not to force ideas lately since that has proven not to work and then it just makes me feel like a loser when it doesn’t. I always keep a pad and pen on my nightstand just in case I wake up and remember a dream (which doesn’t happen too often), but a few nights ago I was drowsy, floating on the edge of sleep — that gorgeous dreamy DMZ when you are almost ready to go under — and I couldn’t stop writing down ideas, reminders and random thoughts. It gave me such a buzz to have all those thoughts fighting for the center stage of my mind. Not that they were at all profound, and frankly some of them made no sense in the morning. It was the same night that I dreamed the answer to a problem that has been tormenting me for months. It was a genius insight! I finally had the answer! And I promptly forgot it on waking. So not much of what I wrote down or dreamed proved useful, except that it reminded what free associating with my own brain felt like. It was playful, happy and hopeful. And now I figure that if it happened once, it can happen again. Where/how do you get your best ideas?

8 Responses to “The Sleepy Brain”

  1. Often they hit me when I’m out walking the dog, listening to music, or (no lie) commenting on someone else’s post.

  2. nikki says:

    I should get a dog.

  3. Jackie says:

    Oddly, it has been at my day job working at a Law Firm. My job responsibilities are redundant, therefore, it allows me to multitask. I listen to pandora and dream up ideas, which are stored on post-its notes and in my array of notebooks I have acquired over the past two years. I often wonder why I fell into this position and also, why I have stayed for so long. Lately, I have been seeing more clearly. I have been evolving in my craft and in my dreams. I now know what I truly want to do and be. In a few weeks, I will be moving from West Palm Beach, FL to Miami, FL, where I will be implementing all those ideas and turning them into tangible dreams. I am ready to take off and become a full time creative professional.

  4. nikki says:

    Good for you! Keep me posted on your progress.

  5. Jackie says:

    🙂 Will do! “*Let ideas grow in the dark before you expose them to the world.*” This one line in your manifesto has helped so much. Thank you for being an inspiration! ps. I wish their was SKIRT in Miami? Maybe, one day?

  6. Monkey Mind says:

    Ideas? I haven’t had many of those lately. (Well there was that idea to start a business using…never mind, don’t want to give THAT away!)

    Really, I don’t get many creative ideas – I must have the mind of an amoeba. (Although, apparently they are pretty smart – know how to avoid pain which is something I’ve never managed very well.)

    I do have interesting dreams sometime but that’s more like watching a movie, not a source of inspiration.

    Damn, I’m such a loser. I’m going back to the garden and hang out with the other mindless creatures. ( I hope the painted bunting comes back to the feeder!)

  7. nikki says:

    I am trying NOT to work on getting an idea because it will just run away if I do. But maybe we both will stumble across some good ones if we let our right brain do the driving!

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