In this post, I will tell you everything I know about morning pages, why I love them and I think you will too! They really are a wonderful way to start the day!
I have been doing morning pages consistently for a few months now and I gotta say they make a great addition to my morning routine. I really think everyone can benefit from doing morning pages.
Everything I know about Morning pages: Why I love them and you will too!
What are Morning Pages?
In her book, The Artists Way, Julia Cameron describes morning pages as three pages of longhand stream of consciousness writing, done first thing in the morning.
And it’s really as simple as that.
There is no wrong way to do Morning Pages. The key is to not overthink and to try to be as consistent as you can. It takes a little bit of time to get into a groove and to feel the benefits.
How to get started with morning pages:
-Use a pen that you love if you can
-Write about anything and everything that crosses your mind. ANYTHING.
-Write quickly (longhand works best) without judgment of neatness.
-Don’t think, just write.
-Your morning pages are for your eyes only. Be free.
-Give it at least a month really let the practice take hold
Why I love morning pages:
1. They help to clear my mind of all the clutter– Cameron says, “The pages are intended to sweep our consciousness clean.” And I believe it’s true!
2. Writing my thoughts helps me to process my feelings– Letting my thoughts flow allows me to tap into and process my deeper, sometimes hidden feelings. -Julia says, ‘The pages are a pathway to a strong and clear sense of self.” I love that
3. Doing a brain dump seems to spark my creativity– Writing and writing for three pages seems to make space for new creative ideas-which has been super helpful as I’ve been struggling with some serious creative blocks lately this past year. #2020
How I do morning pages:
- I do my morning pages as soon as I can after I wake up. I drink my water, take my meds, grab my coffee, and head my usual morning spot. Being in your happy place really helps.
- I have a journal and my favorite pen at the ready that I use ONLY for my morning pages. (and a special stash place for them since morning pages are private and for my eyes only)
- Most of the time, I listen to none lyrical music while I write my morning pages. This just helps me to relax and let go. And the words just seem to flow easier.
- I date the top of the first page, and off I go! I write in longhand as quickly as possible. I don’t think-I just write. It takes a little practice.
- When I’m finished, I stash my journal (remember…it’s for your eyes only!) and continue with the rest of my morning routine.
Morning pages take me about 10-20 minutes
Morning Pages only take about 10-20 minutes. For me, it’s worth every second!
But you don’t have to spend that long at all. Mornings can be crazy!
Decide on an amount of time that fits into your morning and set a timer. If it’s just one minute then fine. If you only write half a page instead of 3- it’s fine. Do what you can.
Whatever time you can commit to morning pages is great.
A few extra tips about morning pages:
Don’t edit your thoughts. Just let them flow. No matter how crazy or seemingly “weird” the thoughts are…do your best not to edit them.
AH-HA! Sometimes my pages include observations and thoughts from the day before or maybe even an epiphany or two! These are blessings from heaven.
Don’t worry about neatness or punctuation. When I first started, I was self-conscious of neatness (because I am a recovering perfectionist), but after a few days, I found it super freeing just to write without judgment of how it looks or even what it is that I’m writing.
No Need to go back. Even though I date my pages, I rarely go back and read them. No need to go back-you’re not going that way!
I highly suggest giving this morning practice a try!
I think you will be glad that you did!
I would love to hear what you think. Have you heard of morning pages? Do you already do them, or are you thinking you would like to give them a try?
Please share your thoughts in the comments below!
Until next time…Be well!