Monday, February 10, 2014

The Art of Journaling: Morning Pages

Every once in awhile I'll take a break from my work and walk the 3 blocks to our local library. Sometimes I peruse the shelves for a certain topic and other times I just browse to see what catches my eye. What's funny is that both of those things happened at the same time this past week. I was looking for The Artist's Way and what caught my eye was The Sound of Paper. They were both on the same shelf. It never occurred to me to notice that they were both by the same author!!

I checked out the books and strolled home.

That night I picked up The Sound of Paper and started reading. I was enthralled with her encouragement to "undertake" 3 creative tools: Morning Pages, Artist Dates and Walks. I thought yah, I have time to do all that.

A couple of nights later I started reading The Artist's Way and guess what (that's when I noticed that the books were by the same author).....she mentions it again. You don't need to tell me twice!  Well, I guess she kinda did.

What are Morning Pages? Author Julie Cameron describes them like this:

~ 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. ~

I've been an on-again off-again journaler most of my adult life. My latest journal is a tangle of chapters on things to do, inspirations, doodles, blog ideas, and daily thoughts. In response to Julie's encouragement, I purchased a journal JUST for my Morning Pages.

Good habit are sometimes just as hard to start as bad habits are to break. I am still working on being consistent with this morning practice. It's not that making the time is hard. It's the distractions that get me side tracked.

Like meeting the morning sun streaming through my living room windows that make me feel good about starting a new day. That is what my Morning Pages are about. I love how Emily Freeman puts it.

~ If prayer is a deep breath in, the Morning Page is a cleansing breath out. ~


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