Morning Pages – Tap Your Inner Wisdom
I’ve recently rekindled my “morning pages ” practise and it’s made such a positive difference to my mood and mindset. How I begin, impacts my whole day… waking early enough to grab some time to myself, meditate, journal or choose uplifting music to soundtrack our family breakfast.
So I’m back into my morning pages practise. Any other “Artists Way” fans here? You just free-write 3 x A4 pages first thing each day – whatever comes into your head.
It’s a deceptively simple practise to clear any mental gunk…the grumbles, worries and to-dos, clearing the way for ideas and insights to drop in and onto the page. A bit like having your own internal life coach.
We’ve all heard the saying, ‘Everything you need is already within you’, but sometimes we’re so whizzed up by life, we can’t access it. Morning pages are a great way to tap that wisdom daily.
Julia Cameron, creator of the morning pages practise and author of “The Artist’s Way” is one of my heroes. Described by the NY Times as “The Queen of change” she says, “Many blocked people are actually very powerful and creative personalities who have been made to feel guilty about their own strengths and gifts.”
Here’s how she describes ‘morning pages’…
“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.
If you’re interested in how morning pages work, you can order the book or take the online Artists Way journey.
I hope you’re finding your own pockets of peace amidst the busyness of life right now. I’d love to hear what’s helping you stay centred and strong in these times of change. I know I’ve been needing every tool in my kit recently and I’m always keen to discover new ones.
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