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,