By Stephanie Valente
Motivation can seem oh-so-out of reach at times. But once you polish your own trusty tools to make motivating yourself a mindful and even magical experience, you'll be unstoppable.
Here are three poignant writing rituals to harness motivation and up the ante with adding a sacredness to your writing time.
1. Write out a personal and unique mantra on a blank page. When you do your writing is up to you – I prefer mornings with a cup of coffee or hot water with lemon. I write out the mantra as many times feel as intuitively necessary. The act of hand writing is deeply personal and motivating for me, so I often choose this method to jumpstart motivation.
2. Write a spell-poem. Ah, this is my favorite gift to myself. I write teeny, tiny three (or five, or seven!) line spell-poems. Think of lines ripe with words that feel like the way dripping peaches taste. Think of lines that draw inner power to manifest desires, gratitude, protection, or just being mindful in the state of being. You can handwrite a spell-poem anytime in a book, on a notecard, in your phone, or random scraps of paper.
3. Keep a short but daily journal. On the daily, I try to chronicle three positive experiences, things, or events I'm looking forward to. Some of these items I'm manifesting and intuitively know will happen such as:
Getting a message from a dear, old friend.
My work meeting was amazingly successful.
My lover will ask me on a romantic date for this Friday.
Other times, I use my journal time for big asks or queries to push myself:
What did I achieve today?
What nourished my soul?
Was I still and present in my body for a few moments today?
Stephanie Valente lives in Brooklyn, NY. She has published Hotel Ghost (Bottlecap Press, 2015) and waiting for the end of the world (Bottlecap Press, 2017) and has work included in Susan, TL;DR, and Cosmonauts Avenue. Sometimes, she feels human. http://stephanievalente.com