Morning Pages are one of two basic tools in Julia Cameron’s best selling book, The Artist’s Way. They are called morning pages because they are written in the morning, not in the afternoon, not in the evening. Why in the morning? Morning pages are written in the morning because our minds are like a clean slate, a fresh canvas, a blank sheet of paper in the morning. The chatter, to do lists, plans, obligations, duties of the day have yet to claim our attention when we first awaken. Why do we write Morning pages? Cameron says “To get to the other side. Morning pages do get us to the other side: the other side of our fear, of our constant negativity, of our moods. Above all, they get us beyond our Censor.”
Who will benefit from writing morning pages? Anyone who wants to reconnect with their creativity. There is no wrong way to do morning pages. They are three pages of stream of consciousness, free-flowing, longhand writing. Nothing is too small, too foolish, too odd, too insignificant, or too crazy to include in morning pages. Morning pages are private, they are not meant to be shared. They are a place to dream, celebrate, vent, dump, complain and just show up. How long do they take? On average, 20-45 minutes when first starting out. I typically spend between 15-20 minutes each morning and I’ve been writing morning pages for fifteen years.
What are the benefits of morning pages? Self knowledge, motivation, clarity, insight, direction, clutter clearing, meditation, balance, prioritizing and so much more. Morning pages provide solutions and action steps. They connect us with our inner wisdom. Morning pages may not be for everyone, but for those of us who do them, they are a powerful tool and resource.
I invite you to learn more about Morning Pages and the Artist’s Way at the October Artist’s Way Retreat at the ARC Retreat Center near Cambridge, MN. Dates are Sunday, October 19 – Tuesday, October 21. Details on my website. http://nancyjambor.com/events/