Positively No Negativity Challenge
Day 74 of 84
Do you keep a journal? I know, you’re thinking that’s just a fancy and upgraded name for the diaries we kept when we were teenagers and filled with emotional angst and hormones. That’s what I thought as well until I read a book that talked about ‘morning pages’ as an effective aid to unblocking creativity.
Morning pages, a term coined by Julia Cameron in The Artist’s Way, are simply three pages of stream of consciousness writing that you do first thing each morning. They are done in a journal or a notebook, always in longhand. No computers or tablets here. So you get up, open your journal and start writing whatever comes into your mind. Disjointed thoughts, a sorting out of feelings, negative self-doubting, plans, fears, happy things, they all get vomited onto the page, until you have three pages. And then you close the book until tomorrow. You don’t reread what you have written, except for a couple of times a year, when you go over the whole thing. That can be quite revealing as to where your head is at and it can show certain themes that have been occupying your precious brain space.
I did morning pages for a few years and I found that writing them served to ‘get the negativity out’ so that I could get on with my day. I found that if I fretted in my morning pages about an upcoming car repair or a concern with my son, or an impending encounter with my ex, the fretting was done and then I could think about more positive things. I know that sounds hokey but it worked.
The morning pages are glasses you put on every day to boost your internal vision.
“By writing lines on a page, we
begin to read between them. We
see where we have told ourselves
one thing while feeling quite
another. We sink below the
surface of events to
the interior mystery of our
feelings, intuitions, motives and
lessons.” ~ Julia Cameron
I had often found myself in a negative funk but not able to put my finger on what was eating me. I used to over analyze, rationalize and go through the week’s events to figure it out. Sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn’t. But when I did my morning pages, just writing down whatever came into my head, I was able to pinpoint the negative culprit.
Doing this consistently has enabled me to be a more positive person. When the difficult things in life are ‘classified’ in my mind, I have been able to focus on the good stuff.
Would you be willing to try writing Morning Pages just for a week? How about longer? You would be amazed, as I was, that they are life changing.
Today I am grateful:
1. For yesterday’s sunshine
2. For sore muscles from a good workout
3. To Julia Cameron for inventing Morning Pages
4. For lavender scented clean sheets
5. For a great lineup of books to read this winter