In working with Morning Pages for the last 15 years, here are a few of my insights. The morning pages help me to get specific. They help me to sort through my real feelings and the feelings that are on display for the public. Here’s the difference. Instead of saying “I feel okay or fine” which could mean I am feeling, detached, sleep deprived, resigned, cranky, comfortable, joyful, excited or content, I am now much more specific, thanks to the morning pages. Okay can cover all kinds of squirmy, uncomfortable feelings and is not specific. Morning pages help me to identify my feelings and accept and acknowledge them.
For those of you unfamiliar with morning pages, here are some of the highlights. 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 or retreat.”
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
Morning pages are a powerful tool and if done on a daily basis can totally reframe how we view the world and ourselves.
I invite you to join me at my next Artist’s Way class starting in September. Details are on my website.