Morning Pages and Why I Do Them
This past week has been a week of firsts for me - first time I actually completed a schedule and stuck to it, mostly and first time I have added journaling to my morning routine. I've been reading and hearing through wonderful podcasts and YouTube videos, the importance of keeping a journal - whether it's a gratitude journal or a regular journal where you write down your feelings. I had one back in my days and still have one on my iPhone where I journal days that I'm feeling the most anxious or something is really on my mind and I want to get it out of my head and on to something so that I can reflect on it properly late and see the reasons why i feel the way i do but I've never really journaled every single day for consciousness. It's just not something i was comfortable doing. Not every day is going to be interesting and not everyday is going to be something to talk about.
As i went on my research on this topic, i came across a video on morning pages. It is a book by Julia Cameron called the Artist's Way and one of her techniques is called Morning Pages.
So what are Morning Pages?
Morning Pages are a stream of consciousness that you routinely do every singe day. As mentioned by the author, this is a way to push out all those mundane ideas that are getting in the way of what's behind all that crap which is your creativity.
How do you them?
According to the author's website:
"Morning Pages are three pages of longhand, stream of consciousness writing, done first thing in the morning. *There is no wrong way to do Morning Pages*– they are not high art. They are not even “writing.” They are about anything and everything that crosses your mind– and they are for your eyes only. Morning Pages provoke, clarify, comfort, cajole, prioritize and synchronize the day at hand. Do not over-think Morning Pages: just put three pages of anything on the page...and then do three more pages tomorrow."
Don't think you have anything to write? Write anything. Write "I don't have anything to write" as many times as it takes to fill the page and I guarantee you that something will come to mind. That's the beauty of this practice.
As I mentioned before, I've only been doing this for a week so I can't attest to the fact that it changed my life but I can tell you how my week has changed:
- I’ve come up with ideas that changed my businesses
- I’ve worked through issues that were bothering me and seemed overwhelming
- I’ve been better in tune with my intuition and listening to my heart
- They have shown me what’s most important in my life and helped me to focus on that
- They have helped me to leave situations and people that weren’t good for me
- I’ve been able to unlock a lot of the chains of my mind and open up the dam so that creativity can flow
- They bring me more serenity and help to quiet my overactive mind each day
Every morning, after I wake up and stretch and before I work out or do anything else really, I sit down at my desk and take out my notebook and start writing whatever is in my head at that very moment. What's funny about these morning pages is that sometimes nature calls while I'm writing and I just take my notebook to the bathroom - because, well i'm disgusting but more so, i don't want to lose the crap that's in my head. Pun intended.
What I've discovered with morning pages, is the amount of stuff that's roaming around in there. But doing this for the past week has helped me come up with the goals of the day. That's what has been wanting to be pushed up to the surface and by writing all the other junk in front, it made way for my creativity. I've gotten so many ideas from this simple practice, so many things I've added to my calendar and scheduled.
I highly recommend this if you're a creative like me - or really anyone. It's such a smart idea. I only have one con or gripe against it - my arm really hurts after writing 3 pages but on those days, I just write a little less and stop when it's no longer doable.