I’m a morning person, I’ve always been. I love the possibilities that the start of a new day brings and to help me start my day right. I have a morning routine – yes a morning routine. Where I wake, drink a large glass of water, meditate using my mindfulness app, drink a cup of hot water with lemon water or Apple cider vinegar (depending on what I have on hand), read an affirmation and then write my morning pages.
What? What are morning pages you ask? Well, back in summer I was reading ‘Big Magic’ by Elizabeth Gilbert, and she recommended this book on creativity. Yes, the same woman that wrote ‘Eat, Pray, Love’. She wrote about how the book had helped her uncover her creativity to take the first steps in writing Eat, Pray, Love. I thought if it could help her with her creativity, well it could help me with mine.
The book was ‘The Artist’s Way’ by Julia Cameron. I read it and loved it. The morning pages are what the author describes as ‘a pivotal tool in creative recovery’ in the book.
The book is a 12 week’s course of sorts that guides you through actionable tips about how to be more creative. How you can live a more creative life no matter who you are.
It’s a book for the blocked artist in you waiting to come out.
I can’t recommend this book enough, for anyone trying to reach their full creative potential. You don’t need to in a creative industry, to read this book. You, just need to want to live a more creative life, and this book helps you to unblock yourself creatively.
The morning pages are basically three pages of longhand writing, stream of consciousness or a brain dump. And sometimes that’s all my morning pages feel like, a good old brain dump.
I ramble, I get repetitive, complaining about something for days on end, or I whine about my life and the perceived ills of the world. I write what I’ve achieved, what I’m grateful for, or what I’m happy about or something profound as stumbling upon some sudden insight about myself. Sometimes I reflect on what the day may have in store, and sometimes I Strat writing about one thing and end up writing about something else altogether by the end of the page.
Regardless, I show up each morning, with my coffee and write whatever is on my mind until I fill the three pages.
Some days I struggle to write anything. Other days I feel the words and thoughts rushing from my mind to my hands and unto the pages (like a broken dam), and I feel like I could write for hours. It doesn’t matter, the important thing is just to sit down and write whatever is on my mind.
All this is normal, Julia refreshingly re-assures us in the book, stating that this is just the mind’s way of working through the top layers, trying to get to the core of what really is blocking and stopping us from doing our creative work.
Why three pages? Because the author says by the third page, that’s where things get juicy. You’ve reached the levels of your innermost thoughts. The buried artist. Each page is like peeling back the layers of an onion to get to the core.
Why is morning pages apart of my routine?
Well, if you have a very active mind as I do you’ll want somewhere to put the millions of thoughts occurring in your head. It helps me get clear on my life and what I want.
If this sounds like you, then you should add the morning pages to your morning routine.
Some benefits of morning pages are:
- Reduce anxiety
- Morning pages help you tune out your inner critic
- Promotes creative
- Assists with clarifying unmet desires you may struggle with
- Promotes happiness
- Decluttering your mind
- Fosters a sense of self
- Helps with problem-solving
So, whether you’re a budding blogger that wants to write more creatively, a writer that wants to write more, a photographer seeking inspiration or a lawyer that wants to create beautiful pottery when you’re not in the courtroom.
The morning pages will help you uncover the blocked artist in you waiting to come out.
Have you tried morning pages? Or do you use another journaling method? Let me know your tips!