This is the first in a series of columns by Amanda Greenthumb, a certified health coach in the East Kootenay
I just recently learned about Morning Pages from a lecture by Julia Cameron, author of “The Artists Way,” and have been trying it out.
Here’s how it works. As soon as you wake up, as you are half asleep, write three pages every morning.
I have to admit, the idea of waking up earlier to write was not exactly thrilling, but I decided to give it a go. I am so happy I did; I can’t believe how much it impacts my day.
I believe we are far more creative than we give ourselves credit for, and this tool can unleash your creative side. Anyone can use this tool, even children, and you can do it anywhere for almost no money. The idea is to be partially conscious (half asleep) and therefore you can connect with your subconscious much easier.
First write any memories of your dreams, then 10 things you are grateful for from the day before, and then write anything you want to finish the three pages. Morning pages should jump from topic to topic, planning out what you need to do that day, venting about negative thoughts you’re still hanging onto, anything that crosses your mind. This is what helps move you into action.
It is important to note that spelling, punctuation, and grammar do not matter. As well, your journal will most likely be very private because this is where you will get out the good, the bad, and the ugly.
How does this help? Instead of starting my day with negative thoughts, I can get out all my negativity and organize my head for the day. I am more productive because writing out that I want to do yoga, and then actually doing it, has been working wonders!
After a few weeks you’ll be able to see trends, maybe you always feel guilty after eating poorly, or spending too much money. The more you write it out, the more you will remember when it’s happening, and that’s exactly how you start to change habits.
I recommend writing morning pages for anyone who is looking for clarity, balance, or anyone who is struggling with personal issues. The pages will show you what is really on your mind, and what you really want, giving you a starting point from which you will blossom.
I hope this inspires you to wake up a little earlier tomorrow morning and give this a try. I am confident this will help you.
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Amanda Greenthumb is a certified health coach and vegetable gardener. She decided to become a health coach to fulfill her passion of supporting women to end emotional eating, to lose weight, establish loving, soul connected relationships and feel beautiful again. She offers individual or group health coaching to women, is a workshop presenter, and blogger at amandagreenthumb.com