3 Pages to Start Your Day
I began the practice of Morning Pages in the 90’s when I read Julia Cameron’s book. I was recovering from chronic fatigue and the pages were one of the tools that helped me recover…. and rediscover mySelf.
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 meant to be grammatically correct, not even “writing.” They are your first thoughts for the day about anything and everything that crosses your mind – and they are for your eyes only. Morning Pages provoke, clarify, comfort, prioritize and synchronize the day at hand. Do not over-think Morning Pages: just put three pages of anything on the page… anything at all like, I need to buy dog food, I didn’t call my friend back, the car needs washing, I need to get that email off before the meeting. They seem to be rambling thoughts. But what they do is clear your mind. It’s like de-fragging your computer. Clearing hidden thoughts from the corners of your consciousness, spilling them onto your page. Beginning this practice of morning pages will be a farewell to life as you knew it, and an introduction to life as it’s going to be. They are meant to be whatever thoughts come up when you first open your eyes…. I don’t want to go to work today, I’m tired, I want to stay in bed, I need a holiday.
Yours may start out differently. Just write down what passes through your consciousness. It’s like you’re writing down, in meditation terms, what is called cloud thoughts that just move through our consciousness, and your you’re becoming acquainted with all the dark corners of your psyche. In Jung terms, you are meeting your shadow. When you put any negativity on the page it isn’t on your consciousness during the day.
Morning pages are a clearing exercise. They are an exercise that raises your consciousness as you step into your day.
Ref: The Artist’s Way, Julia Cameron