Unlock The Magic Of Morning Pages
Morning Pages – what are they? Why all the fuss about them? You may already know about Morning Pages but for those of you who don’t I will fill you in.
Before I do that however, if you do know about Morning Pages my question to you is, are you doing them still? If not – why do you think that might be?
Morning pages are simply 2-3 pages of freehand writing, done first thing in the morning. The idea behind them is that they offer a place to get rid of a lot of unneeded thoughts that roll around in your head and fill up your memory space. Morning Pages allow us to write whatever we want. Since they are for your eyes only, if you want to gripe about your partner, whinge about your kids or generally feel sorry for yourself, this is the place to do it. Morning Pages allow you the luxury of being truly honest in how you feel about yourself and others. This freedom can lead to great Insights and Clarity about what is going on in your life.
I find that even if I don’t have time to write three Pages longhand that I might only do one or two. The still gives me an opportunity to get some thoughts down.
I have also taken to having a highlighter or red pen with me as I write because sometimes I glean great information as I go along and want to be able to get back to that place quickly. It is amazing some of the Insights and inspiration that can come to you when you are doing this practice.
I use the word practice quite deliberately here. It is a practice – something you need to do over and over again.As you do them you find out what is really important to you and what is not. They can comfort and prioritize for you, as well as giving you a safe place to vent.
There are only two rules really. The first is to be real and honest. Don’t pull any punches. If you feel undervalued, ignored or sidelined say so. If you are proud of your achievements, praise yourself. How often do you do that? Praising ourselves is kind of frowned upon in our culture, but why shouldnt we be proud of what we’ve done. So Morning Pages are a great place for self acknowledgement.
The second is that you must write longhand, with a pen or pencil in your hand. The reason for this is that there is some strange magic that happens when we put pen to paper. There is a tactile energy that we do not awaken when we type. Even if your handwriting is pretty bad like mine is, allow yourself to practice.
I would like to acknowledge that I was not the person to dream this process up, rather it was world-famous author, Julia Cameron. She has written many books on creative practice some of which I will review in later blog posts.
And that my friends is the wonderful tool of Morning Pages.
This Weeks Question: When will you begin your Morning Pages?
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