4 Reasons You Should Do Morning Pages to Improve Your life

4 Ways Morning Pages from The Artist's Way can Change your Life for the better

Morning Pages are the brainchild of Julia Cameron, who famously wrote The Artist’s Way back in 1992 – a book I have had in my home for well over a decade. Earlier this year, I felt a soft whisper in my mind – a call to finally read the book and do what it contained.

Morning Pages involve three pages of stream-of-consciousness writing every day when you wake up, before anything else, and you’re not allowed to stop, or edit, or really even think about what you’re writing. You spill your guts. You literally write whatever comes to mind. You can write “blah blah blah” until something else starts to form. It’s a release – you just open up and let it all fall on to paper.

Back in 1999 or so, I did start the course of the book, but didn’t get far, mostly because I was terrible at getting up early.

I was also put off by the use of the word “God” – even though it does not need to be read as a literal, religious term when it comes to the book. Once I got past this, the true worth of the book’s contents could shine. To allow one word or a basic concept to shroud the rest of it was absurd to me. (This was also something I struggled with in regards to the Anastasia series).

I did continue with Morning Pages for a while, but was deterred because I was so easily called to hit my snooze button, or I was more likely lured by the call of the Internet, still a fairly new addiction back then.

This year, however, I stuck with Morning Pages, and have, daily for months on end. I have completed about 8 weeks of the Artist’s Way and was so overwhelmed with ideas and inspiration (along with other things that stole my time) that the last few weeks are still something I need to finish.

The Morning Pages stuck, though, because they have been instrumental in my life changes.

They got me to start creating again. They lit a fire within me. They got me to quit my stupid job. They led me to see what was absolutely stupid in my life and what I needed to change.

They can do the same for you.

 

  1. They will show you your patterns.

When you start your day with writing about anything that comes to mind, and without thinking about it, patterns show up. When you find yourself writing about the same things over and over, you start to realize how monotonous and boring your life has become. You’ll start to see the same old complaints day in and day out. “My job sucks. I hate my life. My partner is annoying. I need to eat better. I feel sick again. I am depressed. I need to sleep more. I have a dry mouth. I woke up 10 times last night. I wish I could go on vacation. I don’t want to go to work. I’m sick of cleaning this bloody house.” Or whatever. On and on.

Our constant complaints, and what our subconscious spills out on the page consistently, comes to the forefront of our minds where we start to think constantly and consciously about them. We discover what things need to change. Then, we can start to write about alternatives.

       2. They will allow your subconscious to speak to you clearly.

We are so bombarded with information and distractions that it becomes almost impossible to listen to our inner voices, and to our hearts. Having 15-20 minutes of stream-of-consciousness writing allows us to FOCUS and also spill out what has been brewing without our even noticing, due to everything else going on. Then, those hidden gems are right in front of us, where we can see them start coming to life.

       3. They will inspire new life and new creations

Most people have their best ideas randomly, when they have no distractions. In the shower, walking, swimming, exercise, washing the dishes, meditation, the moments before falling asleep – singular tasks that don’t require a lot of thought – when your mind is allowed to wander. Often when people have these ideas, they’re fleeting because they are in a place where they do not have the means to write them down, and the ideas fly away like tiny birds, never to be seen again. With Morning Pages, they spill out ON paper, so even though you may not always want to re-read your pages, at least you know where those ideas are. They are made immortal, they can always be revisited. Thus, it will inspire action. You’ll have your beautiful ideas ready for you, and they can’t escape, they are caged, just waiting to be freed!

       4. They allow a fresh start to the day.

The pages are incredibly helpful for waking up. I’ve often started them while groggy, only to be wide awake upon finishing. On days where I have woken in a melancholy state, I have worked through it on paper and end up feeling hopeful. The days where I haven’t wanted to do them have been the more beneficial. I’ve had the most insight, and the most positive effect.

I highly encourage you to at least try this practice, even if you don’t go through the whole Artist’s Way course (which I do recommend doing()! Try it for at least a month and see what changes happen for you.

If none do…practice the pages for longer. I promise, you can expect great things to occur.

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How to Simplify Your Morning Routine

I spent the last month starting each morning with 3 hours of self-care, and while I felt super fantastic doing so, it took up a LOT of time. However, doing it allowed me to see what is really instrumental in making my day great, and what can either wait until later in the day, or doesn’t need to be done daily at all.

This can be a really good way to figure out what is essential to your well-being and what is instrumental in moving your FORWARD in life instead of keeping you stagnant.

You can see my detailed 3 hour self-care list here, but now my basic routine will be:

1. Hydration – still 32 oz of lemon blended with water, and CALM magnesium.
2. Morning Pages – I used to do this first, but found I kept complaining about being thirsty. This can also include my daily gratitude list or The Work, if I need it.
3. Meditation – to get calm and focused for the day.
4. Going over goals – I can start with a couple minutes of looking at inspiring quotes, but it’s not entirely necessary. What’s necessary is reminding myself what is important in my life, and taking ACTION on those things.
5. Green smoothie.
6. ACTION on my most important goals. Work.

The rest of my list can be dispersed throughout the day. Movement is super important but doesn’t need to be very first thing in the morning – sometimes it will be, and sometimes not, it just depends, but the earlier the better, really, and in NATURE, so the two can be combined, even better if barefoot and connecting with the earth.

What is absolutely most important is that I am hydrated, well-nourished, and working on things that are important to me. NOT indulging in what others are doing.

It should be the same for all of us, but the majority get up and look at their phone immediately – Facebook, or email, whatever – putting the needs of other people (often whom we don’t even know) before our own. Putting ourselves first is not selfish – it allows us to be FULL and then be able to give. We can’t be at our best unless we are full of what we most need.

Simplifying it down to our VERY basics is imperative. What is essential for you to feel your very best? Do those things RIGHT AWAY when you get up for the day. If you hate getting up, then go to bed early – if you start your day hating the thought of even getting out of bed, it’s not a good omen. Good sleep is absolutely essential or life will be sludge. Who wants that?

Another thing is to eliminate what is NOT essential. Stop looking at your phone, your email, your Facebook feed – who CARES what other people are eating, or whining about? Focus on YOU. What do YOU want? Are you DOING those things? Or are you being distracted by things you won’t even think about again in 5 seconds?

Pare down everything. You don’t have to give up social media, but cut out everything that is keeping you from LIVING. I get it – some things are super inspiring – keep those, but get rid of anything that brings you down, doesn’t add to your life in some way, or is just something you’re doing to KILL TIME (which is the ONLY thing we have! Why are you wasting it, or killing it? You don’t get an infinite amount!)

It sounds so easy and simple, and it is, but the simplest step is usually the one NO one takes – WRITING IT DOWN.

If you can’t write out a plan, you’re doomed.

Everyone can afford to do this. You can’t afford NOT to.

You need a piece of paper and a pen or pencil. Put your plan out where you can see it all the time and look at it EVERY day when you get up, and every night before you go to sleep. EASY. FREE.

Doing this, and then following what you write down with action, is one of the best things you will ever do, and it doesn’t take a lot of time. Even if you’re the busiest person in the world, you can add to it and refine it in the few moments you have throughout the day. And guess what? If you’re that busy you need to do it even MORE, because I bet you ANYTHING that a lot of what is keeping you so busy is not even necessary and not adding to your life in any capacity, and it’s keeping you in an unmoving, bland state, where you think you are stuck forever.

You’re not. Simplicity is the key to everything. Essentialism. Adapt this, and watch your whole life shift.

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Dedication to 3 Hours of Daily Self-Care

Yesterday I started an experiment – to spend the first three hours of my day doing everything to feel my best – all the things that make me feel good, to start my day.

Initially I thought two hours would do, but three hours seemed better.

After doing this for ONE day only, I felt crazily fantastic, and I had the same overwhelming passion and pizzazz today, too.

What will happen to me after a week, a month of this? My god.

I realize that not everyone can start their day with 3 hours to themselves, but you can always start with an hour (get up earlier, go to bed earlier), and spread it throughout the day. If you can do it all in one go sometimes, even better, because you will notice a difference, I promise.

Everyone is going to have a different list of things that make them feel fantastic, but I do suggest starting with gratitude, going over your goals, questioning beliefs that make you anxious, movement, raw foods, and really gorgeous physical care of your body. And love, of course, always love.

So here’s the list I wrote for myself. I will follow it daily for the next month, and then check in on how it has affected my life. I may not be able to do every single thing, every single day, but as long as I do most of it, and do the missing things at some point in the day, all is good.

(This list also ends with a nightly care routine which is much shorter.)

1. Wake up with NO alarm. Phone is off overnight (home phone is on for emergencies). This involves going to sleep early enough to get sufficient amount of sleep.

2. Three pages of stream-of-consciousness writing (Morning Pages a la The Artist’s Way).

3. Lemon water (1 lemon blended with 32 ounces of water), magnesium supplement, B12 (weekly), cranberry/D-Mannose supplement.

4. MOVEMENT. This can be any of the following that I love: stretching, gym/weights, yoga/pilates, HIIT, hooping, rolling, running, hiking, surfing, sex, Movnat, or combat!

5. Jade egg exercises. Orgasm.

6. Dry skin brushing. Contrast shower. Basic hair washing, skin care, shaving.

7. Green smoothie or green juice (or both).

8. The Work, a la Byron Katie. Question any beliefs causing stress.

9. Dog cuddles and human cuddles if available.

10. Beauty – can include doing hair, make-up, extra skin care, being creative with my daily attire.

11. Being in nature. This can be included with movement or meditation. Must get sunshine on the skin.

12. Reading my book of inspirational quotes that I have collected.

13. Going over my goals. Writing out goals. Taking action on each of them.

14. Meditation for as long as I have time for.

15. Teeth care.

16. Gratitude list. List at least 3 things I am grateful for, and tell at least 3 people I love that I love them.

After doing almost all of these things yesterday, I felt SO good, that nothing could possibly have brought me down (except something really horrific). My confidence went crazy high, my patience was strong, and my attitude and love was just glowing out of me. I walked around with a natural smile, beaming. People noticed. Nothing in particular had HAPPENED to make me happy – I just WAS happy. I felt free, and loved – because I had loved MYSELF. Heavily.

My night care routine is a lot shorter:

1. Magnesium again + cranberry. Vitamin D if it’s the winter.
2. Remove all make-up. Skin care.
3. Diligent teeth care.
4. Journaling.
5. NO media for at least an hour before sleeping.
6. Reading (fiction).
7. Sex (if I’m with my sweetheart!) 🙂

Along with my high carbohydrate raw food meals in the day, and my huge salad in the evening, all of these steps turn me into a dynamo that is just bursting to create, give, and do important work. The things that are important to me, with an attitude and confidence that allows me to help and inspire other people.

Other than these three hours, the majority of my day is going to be spent pursuing my goals that I went over earlier in the day.

Don’t ever feel guilty or bad for spending a ton of time on yourself and your self-growth. It will make you a kinder person, a move loving and patient person, and more giving to the people you love. You can’t GIVE love if you don’t HAVE love. You can’t fully love and give unless you are full to bursting – then you won’t run dry. Then you beam it out wherever you go, to whoever is in your midst. People NOTICE, trust me, and they mirror it right back to you.

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