I Discovered Morning Pages

by Lia Halsall on March 15, 2013 · 8 comments

Discovering Morning PagesCompletely by accident  I discovered morning pages, a term I’d not heard before this week. I had no idea what it even meant until I continued reading down the page where it was further explained to me. You learn something new every day, don’t you.

The concept behind morning pages is where you can write freely anything and everything that’s on your mind first thing in the morning when you get up. This is when your mind is fresh and at its most fruitful.

Or so they say.

There’s also no right or wrong way to do this, so no need to worry about grammar or punctuation, and forget about spelling mistakes. Who cares. I certainly don’t, and this isn’t what it’s about anyway.

We’re the only ones who are going to see it so let your inhibitions run wild and go with the flow of it. Who knows where it’ll take you.

I love the idea. More often than not my head’s full of noisy clutter and this is the perfect way for mr to deal with it.

I can’t think of a better way to start the day, can you. I’m even thinking of ending my day with it as well before going to bed, but we’ll see. Baby steps.

Yesterday I went out and bought a notebook with a pink cover because writing paraphernalia isn’t something we normally have around our home. Nothing fancy, just lined paper to jot down my notes.

Me personally, I’m going to use my pen. And not just any pen either. This is an engraved gifted pen from my now husband. He gave it to me as a going away present when I enlisted into the Royal Australian Air Force in 2000. So yes, I’ve had my pen for a long time and it’s very sentimental to me.

I didn’t kick of this morning so instead I’m going to start now and give it a couple of weeks and see how I go.

So what do you think of morning pages, had you heard of it? Do you do it?

8 comments… read them below or add one

Michelle March 15, 2013 at 11:57

I did morning pages years ago as part of reading the book ‘The Artist’s way’. Unfortunately for me it just became a way to dwell on my problems rather than let go of them. The habit went by the wayside once I started to take up meditation, but I’ve still got all my old notebooks. I wonder what I wrote!?
My most favourite and useful evening habit, especially on ‘bad’ or ‘busy’ days is listing 5 things I’m grateful for and then wishing myself and other well (mettā practice).

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Lia Halsall March 15, 2013 at 12:11

I’m just trying different methods to help declutter and organise my life better Mish. I guess until I find what works best for me I’ll continue on trying different things. Mindfulness/meditation/yoga are still to be implemented into my life, but after the move as almost everything’s focussed on that at the moment.

Things were getting a little over whelming again so I’ve reverted back to taking baby steps and concentrating on the move and radiotherapy. Everything else can wait until after these have happened.

“The Artist’s Way”, good read?

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Michelle March 15, 2013 at 12:29

Totally understand chick. It’s always the times we’re too busy to meditate we need it most. I’m the same at the moment. I’m gonna be shooting for 10 minutes a day at the moment, it just helps clear the clutter.
The Artists Way was a good read at the time. It was a useful exploration. I think I’ve still got my copy, happy to send it to you if you like?

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Lia Halsall March 15, 2013 at 18:49

That would be great, thanks Mish. xxx

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Raechelle March 15, 2013 at 14:50

I did morning pages a couple years back when I had the writing bug and was trying to expand my creativity. It became more a dream log, if I had dreamed that night, or a list of things to do that day. I stopped after a few weeks.

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Lia Halsall March 15, 2013 at 18:49

I swear I’m so slow at picking up this stuff. I must’ve lived under one hell of a rock Raechelle. ;) xxx

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Liz March 15, 2013 at 16:52

It sounds like something I would like to do, except that I wonder if I’d lose momentum to do everything else – I’m up at 4am to train (remember some of those days) and it’s all I can do to get going and get out the door! But definitely like the idea of it.

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Lia Halsall March 15, 2013 at 18:50

I still get up early now even though I don’t have to, usually 0500h. Old habits die hard I guess. :)

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