morning pages - the gift of presence

Morning Pages – A Gift of Presence

Dearest Friend,

It’s that time of year when a lot of people have gift giving on the mind. Which lead me to think a lot about the gifts already in my life. Not in a physical sense like a new watch or video game but more along the lines of blessings. One of the biggest blessings in my life right now is something called Morning Pages.

If you are a writer, you’re probably familiar with Julia Cameron’s book, The Artist’s Way. It’s one of my favorite books on the creative process and helps me when I’m feeling a little deflated in this area of my life. One of the practices Julia prescribes in the book is called, Morning Pages.

The process involves three pages of longhand writing every morning. It’s what she calls, “stream-of-consciousness” writing. You write about nothing and everything that comes to mind without stopping. The process takes me about 30 minutes to complete. A little longer if I haven’t finished my coffee. I like to think of this writing practice as a form of mind dumping because that’s what it feels like I’m doing.

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So what makes these pages so special that I’ve dubbed them a blessing? For one, they are like sitting with a best friend for a few minutes every morning. I get to complain, be as whiney and petty as I want, and do it all with no judgement. It’s wonderful!

Then this magical thing starts to happen about half way in. I relax. I become less emotional and I’m able to focus on the solution to the issue of the day instead of being caught up in the emotion of it. Once all the venting is aside, I am present in the moment and what’s important to me becomes clear.

These 30 minutes of time each day spent reflecting has made my life better. I am better. Without them, I wouldn’t take the time to reflect on my mistakes or more importantly, how I can learn from them. Each day I sit down and write I am making the commitment to be better by clearing the clutter and being present in the moment without the noise of things that just don’t matter at the end of the day. They are a gift to myself and I get to enjoy them every morning. Do you do something special for yourself every day? If not, you should. If you do, I would love to know what works for you. Until next time, stay safe and happy gift giving!

With love and gratitude,

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2 thoughts on “Morning Pages – A Gift of Presence

  1. I really like this idea, I think I would benefit from trying this. I often struggle to think of what to write, and maybe just some stream of consciousness stuff would help get me started 🙂 thanks Diane!

    1. Good morning Mike! I do believe the concept was originally created for people who are suffering from creative blocks. I’m not blocked but I do them anyway because I enjoy them. I have come up with ideas for writing in the past so I can vouch on it’s effectiveness. Glad I could help and let me know if you like it.

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