Morning pages – the process.

From Julia Cameron’s website:writing

The bedrock tool of a creative recovery is a daily practice called Morning Pages.

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.

Well, sounds easy enough. Wake up, sit up, and write up anything and everything that comes to mind, non discriminative dump of thoughts…

When I first heard about Morning Pages, Julia was giving a lecture at my school, the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. I thought that it sounds like a lovely idea, but that I will not be doing this, I NEED my sleep! prioritize I thought. And prioritize I did – I decided that sleep comes first, I can not be waking up early to write.

I did however place a notepad and a pencil at my bedside table, and in a few days I used it. And then again. Not every morning, not regularly, but some mornings I would be woken up by Konstantin getting ready for work (he usually starts seeing clients at 7am, so is up at 5am) and while I am a very good sleeper and never have a problem falling asleep at night, some mornings are harder. Thought start to pour into my head, I am tired and want to get some more sleep, but in vain. So I sat up and started writing. It felt good, yet nothing to write home about 🙂 However last time, when I picked up notepad on Easter Sunday morning it was very special, extremely productive and deeply moving experience.

I will copy the whole text here, I will not edit it so that the process is clear. It is interesting to note that at one point toward the end I actually was thoughtless! That is what we try to achieve in meditation, to calm the “monkey mind” and just see – I have to say that this was an absolutely clear, present and meditative experience I have ever had, that lasted that long. I could see my thoughts!

To avoid a too long of a post, I will post that morning pages text in two parts: Sample of my Morning Pages and Peace – Morning Pages on Easter Sunday Morning. This being an introduction and the other two posts are two parts of what I have written.

I wanted to share my experience with Morning Pages because I think it is something that everyone would benefit from, and it is so easy yet powerful.

To your health,

Elena

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  • Audrey Chin
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    This is a wonderful exercise I’ve been doing on and off for years. I always go back to it when my creativity is blocked. Thanks for the post Elena.

    • Elena
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      Thank you Audrey! Yes I think combined with a spiritual practice this does not have to be a daily routine, but when one is drawn to it, doing morning pages is extremely beneficial…
      Thank you for stopping by! Elena

  • sincerelywhitney
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    thanks for sharing this spout of creative wisdom. i jot down thoughts, ideas, streams of consciousness throughout my day about as unorganized as a person can get. i do it on receipts, napkins, paper bags and on and on. this is something that i do regularly on a daily basis and it keeps it creative i guess. =) definitely will have to try to make more of a routine of it. my mind is more alive when i dont feel “confined” to certain times or a seemingly “mandatory” schedule. but ill figure out a way to make this work for me.
    xo- whit

    • Elena
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      Hi Whit! Thank you for stopping by! I also think it is something worth a try…even occasionally it seems to organize your thoughts, ideas, etc. and all in one place. I tend to misplace or not being able to find what I jot down on random pieces of paper…
      I hope you like it!
      Elena

  • kelsheets
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    Hi Elena,
    Year after year I find myself repeating the process of morning pages. It is one of those steady practices that honestly I thought I would do only once. Yet, every many months I find myself needing clarity and to clean out all the extra thoughts, and the morning pages seem to be just the thing. They start by stirring up “stuff” and I don’t like doing them until I move through and new realizations bubble to the surface.
    Thanks for reminding me of this practice. perhaps it is time to get out a fresh journal 🙂
    Kelly

    • Elena
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      Hi Kelly, thank you for visiting! In my case it is also not about necessarily doing it daily, but making myself available and doing morning pages when I feel it is time! Need to go buy a new pretty journal too 🙂

  • Stef Perkins
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    I learned about this while attending IIN and absolutely LOVE it! It completely unlocked my creativity and writing. I did not think of myself as creative or a writer at prior to practicing morning pages – I now have two blogs and just released my first book! I don’t know know that my flow of creativity is entirely due to writing morning pages but I certainly think it helped to get the ball rolling. Thanks for passing along this wisdom. Blessings.

    • Elena
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      Hello Stef,
      I do love your equine blog! My daughter is absolutely passionate about horses, has always been. She did many different disciplines to only realize for herself that she is interested in natural horsemanship, building a relationship with a horse, becoming companions…but it is very hard to find that kind of mentality in New England, it is all about Dressage, Jumping, hard core training, and she has actually been told by trainers that natural approach is not effective as it takes too much time 🙁 Horses have very little turnout time…so my daughter decided that she does not want to be envolved and have a horse here, until she can have her own facility to keep horses…she read so many books, magazines…I need to get her your book! she will love it!
      Thank you for visiting!

      • Stef Perkins
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        Elena,

        It makes me so sad that there their isn’t more compassion in the horse world. I think that is slowly changing but the old ways of doing things are still ingrained in some pockets of the horse world. I am hopeful that your daughter has a vision to do it differently. As with everything, it take each person to choose a new way to make that the new reality. Thank you for sharing. I wish you both the best!
        Stef

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