Have you ever heard of Morning Pages? They were introduced by creativity guru Julian Cameron in her book, The Artists Way, back in 1992. I have found it’s a transformational practice.
Morning Pages is simply putting your pen to paper first thing in the morning and writing a stream of consciousness that lasts three pages. There is NO thinking when you do morning pages. You literally write down anything and everything crossing your mind — there’s no wrong way to do it. Since Morning Pages are for your eyes only, you don’t need to worry about proper grammar, sentence structure, or anything at all, other than emptying what’s flowing through your mind onto paper.
Morning Pages are meant to provoke, clarify, comfort, prioritize and synchronize the day at hand. This can help you feel less anxious by putting your fears and concerns on paper, and it can also help you notice patterns of your thoughts.
The key is not to overthink it: just write three or more pages of anything at all, and continue the practice each morning. The key according to Cameron is to write first thing as “you’re trying to catch yourself before your ego’s defenses are in place.”
Believe it or not, studies have shown that journaling and getting things out of your head and onto paper can improve your health and well-being. Think of morning pages as a form a meditation, clearing your mind of negative thoughts that have the tendency to rattle around in your mind and bring you down. Getting these thoughts down on paper help you to gain fresh insights on yourself and empower you to make powerful changes.
Have you ever tried Morning Pages?
Why not try it every morning when you wake up for the next week and let me know what you think!