Morning Pages are one of the basic tools in Julia Cameron’s book The Artist’s Way. Morning pages are three pages of stream of consciousness writing, done in the morning upon awakening. Why in the morning? In the morning our mind is free and clear of all the chatter, busyness, to do lists and distractions that take up space in our heads every day. Morning pages get us to the other side of fear, negativity, judgement, our inner critic and all the rest of it. Morning pages are a powerful tool and if written on a daily basis can change our lives. They provide a place to dump and vent all the self limiting, petty, critical thoughts that block us from our creativity. They allow us to stop listening to our Censor. The one that says “Are you kidding, you can’t do that” or “Get real, you’ll never write that book, paint that masterpiece, create that workshop.”
I have been writing morning pages consistently since 1999. Here are some of the benefits I have gained from this wonderful practice.
- connecting to my creativity
- creative problem solving
- developing a regular meditation practice
- finding my voice
- starting my day in a centered, positive direction
- tuning in to my wise inner voice
- learning to play
- identifying problem areas
- exploring my dreams
Moring pages are a powerful tool and if done on a daily basis can totally reframe how we view the world and ourselves. If you are interested in learning more about morning pages and The Artist’s Way, please consider attending my fall Artist’s Way Retreat. Here’s the link:
12 thoughts on “Morning Pages”
Nancy, I have found morning pages to be very helpful in clearing out my energy and my thinking. Thank you for this post.
Morning pages has given me my voice back. Nice article!
Susan, you are welcome. Sometimes all we need is a subtle nudge to get us back on track.
So many things I used to do are finding their way back to me now. I’m taking this post as a sign I NEED to get back to morning pages again. And meditation. And morning exercise. There’s a connection between all of them that I’m feeling I can no longer ignore. Thanks for the reminder.
Well said Patty! Morning is my favorite time of day too:)
So true…..morning is my favorite time of the day! There is nothing better than waking up before the sun, and watching it rise up over a beautiful landscape. Talk about unleashing the creative energies!
Good for you Vickie! When I first started writing Morning Pages 15 years ago I used a beautiful fountain pen. Glad to hear the Morning Pages are working for you. They have definitely made a difference in my life:)
I have long struggled with my morning pages – so I recently went and purchase – invested in actually – a fairly nice pen. Games we play!!!!! They do make a tremendous difference! I recently recommitted to them and I can tell a big difference in the way I spend my time, the choices I make, and the things I freely let go of!
Morning Pages are a given in my life. I have times when I don’t do them, but when I hit a bump, one of my first thoughts is Morning Pages!
Morning pages have been a given in my life for 15 years Linda. They are the Best! Thanks for your comments.
Ok so I needed this. I believe I vowed to do morning pages back at your first posting. Hmmmm. Have I? Uh no. SO! Thank you for the nudge, push and a shove.
Kelly, sometimes all we need is a gentle reminder:)