The Dream Diaries with Soak & Sleep
In my dream, the little girl stands at the entrance of the labyrinth and she is losing her patience a little. “Do you want the map or not?” she asks, waving the sealed enveloped in my face, or as close as her small size allows her to reach. “If I have the map, doesn’t it defeat the purpose of the game?” I ask, arching my brow. She sighs.“Suit yourself” she says, and steps aside to reveal a stony arch eaten up by foliage and convoluted decorations. I raise my arm and switch the torch on to light up as best I can the path in front of me. “Wish me luck” I say, but she has turned around already, no longer listening, and is calling out the next in line. I take a deep breath and I step inside.
Dreams are, in their own way, the only map we have to our subconscious lives. The thoughts bubbling up below the surface, the repressed emotions. They are the manifestation of our fears, yearnings and desires, things we are trying to process and make sense of. I’ve always had a vivid imagination and most nights when I go to sleep, I sink into this labyrinthine kingdom where fragments of memories from the days just past morph into each other in a kaleidoscopic fashion. As I have found out, if you let your dreams speak to you, they will tell you a lot.
This is why I’d recommend to anyone who feels a little bit lost in their awake lives to start a ritual: as soon as you wake up, before you let those thoughts of the day ahead and its meter-long to-do list creep into your brain and clog it, take a moment to be at peace in this transient state between sleep and wakefulness and try to hold on to your dreams. If you empty your mind and just let your thoughts float, you will become skilled at capturing those visions and I think it’s something really enjoyable to do, to ponder their meaning, not necessarily with the help of any book but just for yourself: why was I doing this? what does that place make me think of? what could this be a metaphor for in my life?
I know that dreams get a bad reputation but in the right frame of mind, you will never feel like a night full of dreams is a night where you have not rested enough. If rest is important to you, make sure you are sleeping in a comfortable cocoon of excellent quality sheets and remember to stay off screen for half an hour (at least) before bedtime. Don’t skimp on removing your make-up or taking a shower, brew yourself a cup of herbal tea like Chamomile or Valerian and pick up a book. We lead pretty hectic lives, so my bedroom is and always will be a sanctuary for me.
I’ve been chasing the winter light all week to shoot this series for you with the help of the kind folks at Soak & Sleep; I hope you will have enjoyed reading! There are a few more pictures below but I wanted to say that if you’re looking for outstanding quality bedding, I recommend taking a browse at their product range, which is luckily 20% off at the moment just in time for Christmas. I am sharing some of my favourites with you now so don’t hesitate to hop on over.
My Favourite Soak and Sleep Picks