Updated: Mar 1

Hi. If you're awake, welcome to the night. Let's talk about why you're up. (There is a reason.)

One night my “battle” with insomnia changed into something mystical and creative. I’ve always been a night owl, but staying up wasn’t always by choice. Maybe you have this too: it’s sort of a mix between insomnia and getting so used to the night that you gravitate to it. It may come in waves: sometimes you sleep “normally” all night for weeks on end, and other times, not.

Sometimes you feel so shit in the morning you want to try drugs and melatonin and drink warm milk. You can get frustrated to tears by insomnia, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

Let the night direct you

I think those sleepless times are really rich and there’s something there for you. A lesson, a message, an answer. A creative thing that wants to be born through you: your writing or your art or whatever it is you do.

Listen to your heart’s true yearning.

Don’t sleep. –Rumi

Last year I felt like the night was calling me and I couldn’t escape it. It was like the night had a voice and I had to listen and once I gave in and gave up, I stopped trying to sleep and trying to ignore this presence, so many messages came through, beginning with a video of Rumi’s poem called “Don’t Sleep.” Listen here:

So, I wrote Midnight Pages: A Mystical Workbook for Writers, Insomniacs and Night Owls and it launches on March 11th, Insomnia Awareness Day. Because I want to say insomnia isn't just some medical condition you need to fix. It's a sign. An opportunity. A calling.

The night wanted me to write this book for you who are searching, worrying and frustrated and just crave sleep. I think there’s a reason you’re not sleeping. And it’s okay.

If you just let it be for now, stay up and listen you’ll see what you need to see to move you to the next phase of your life. Give it a few nights. It’s not always quick. If you listen to the night, you’ll get some answers. Writing can help you capture them.

Here's a way to practice Midnight Pages

Free writing is exempt from judgement, editing, self-criticism and sharing with others. Just don't do those things.

Put your pen on the paper (or fingers on the keyboard) and start. No censoring, no worrying about whether you're doing it right. If you're sitting there, pen in hand, you're doing it right. Even if not a word flows onto the page.

Sit for five or ten minutes. Maybe twenty. Set a calm little alarm. Stop when it goes off or when you reach two pages of words. That's it. See what it says. Then do it again tomorrow. It's a practice, and your success with it, the discipline of it, and the magic about it, will add up.

Blessed be, sleepless friend,


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