7 days of morning pages… It was perfect timing for me to do them. I have a renewed awareness, clarity and connection to my dharma.
I think the detours taken in life around our passion and purpose are important, because when we come back face to face with our dharma it is like recognizing an old friend.
What also stood out was the importance of taking a look at obstacles to my creative voice. When I write the obstacles down it is clear they are all coming from fear at the root of them.
I think we all have creativity and somewhere along the line if we don’t claim it and use it we start to close off in some way either on our own…or because of something someone else said or did. Maybe we didn’t want parts of ourselves to be seen and possibly judged.
Walls to our creativity are formed….
I think journaling and specifically Morning Pages is a great way to tear down the walls.
At least recognize the walls are there.
If there is a wall…there is always something on the other side….
Namaste – Kerry 🙂
Day 6 of 7…
Todays writings reflected the weather… it is a gloomy, rainy weather day and much of what I was writing was on the mundane.
In truth most of our day to day is considered “mundane” , but when we can find the joy in the ordinary we shift our perspective.
The so-called mundane in our mind often really reflects what is important to us. Cooking dinner, washing dishes or doing things around the house are part of caring for our family. The little details when really looked at are about the bigger picture… our worries, plans, fears, family, friends, our happiness, our dreams…
So attention to what is running through our mind – just writing it down and acknowledging it – has a calming effect. Its all energy….Just asking to be seen, felt or heard. Maybe created or transformed.
A bit of todays writing was about losing the “self-edit button” and going forward with projects. I started down a path of trying to understand the deeper reasons behind self-sabotage. I didn’t really want to go there today…so I didn’t. I have a funny feeling that will come up again…
I am looking back on today’s morning pages and what has happened is I have cleared out so much running through my mind over the past 6 days that its just alot “quieter“. There is more space to see the ordinary and allow the extraordinary in it all shine through.
As I am writing this the sun is trying to coming out… 🙂
Namaste – Kerry
Hello Day 5…
Todays practice was a call to action. The words “practice what you preach” showed up.
Ok… message heard loud and clear. I don’t hear that message as clear when my pen isn’t hitting the paper.
Sorta like feet hitting pavement. Do the work. Walk the talk.
Otherwise…I can just find an easy way out…or maybe a detour to avoid the truth completely.
Or worse – miss the gifts that right in front of me…
I have received already what I intended from the 7 day challenge in 5 days. So…yeah I guess Julia Cameron is “onto something” 🙂
As I said in a previous post, I have done the morning pages before – for a day or two – but dedicated practice to it is powerful. Maybe it is because I have so much in my head and heart these days…
The process of putting pen to paper is key… its a moving meditation.
Clear your mind.
Namaste – Kerry 🙂
Day 4 already…
Loving getting back into the regular journaling, but loving the freedom to not think about my journaling , but just entering into that “stream of consciousness” through Morning Pages.
I know I am always planning or questioning and I am definitely seeing this in the morning pages. The thing is getting the planning and questioning on paper is getting it out and moving me on to deeper more actionable planning and questioning. Lots of fluff in there too 🙂
A theme coming up today is about an idea for a writing project and combining yoga with it … I keep saying if it sounds good to me – there must be other people who would be interested 🙂
My morning pages today are also reminding me that just because something seems like an obvious path… it doesn’t mean its the right path.
I will share this from my notes today “Clear the path to create what is sourced to you. From the source. Gifted to you, yet created and birthed by you.”
Wow. That little gem of insight was worth writing for 3 pages 🙂 Looking forward to Day 5.
Thank you for all the encouragement to continue sharing this week of Morning Pages.
Namaste – Kerry
Day 3 of 7
I don’t usually post this frequently , but I am in this 7 day challenge of Morning Pages… So bear with me. So now I have realized its 2 challenges – Morning pages and then the blog post 🙂 I committed …so here it is.
Today’s writing brought up some body image issues and also a lot about authenticity. I think that authenticity is a little bit of a buzzword – everybody talks about it like if we aren’t exposing ALL of ourselves to the world we are not authentic.
Is that true? I decided a while ago that isn’t true. For me… I need to feel pretty safe to share my deepest truths. If someone else wants to share their deepest story with the world that is their “way”. It doesn’t have to be mine. Everyone finds their own way… I think the time has to be right… Maybe, that is just fear talking? 🙂
A lot is coming up again on seeking clarity. It ended with the idea of letting go of the need to know… Looking instead to what has already manifested & what is evolving.
The question is can I see a pattern? Are the answers right in front of my face and I don’t see them? Probably 🙂
I have to say these 3 days of Morning Pages – unleashing what is rambling in my head has definitely had a calming affect on me.
Namaste – Kerry
Day 2 of 7 🙂
Today’s writing was a rant of worries that later turned to gratitude for my health and the health of my kids. Someone I know has a baby in the hospital and the thoughts of that put my own worries right into perspective! Fast.
A lot came up about freedom and simplifying with my upcoming move. I am downsizing my home and I think living more simply and closer together will be good for my family. We are pretty spread out in the house we have now.
So it will be interesting… If people are upstairs you don’t see them the rest of the night. I think a smaller space will bring us closer.
We won’t be texting to people upstairs! More conversation…
So today was a lot on gratitude , perspective, simplifying life & decluttering.
Decluttering the physical space I live in with the move as well my mind with these morning pages 😉 .
Namaste – Kerry
I made a new commitment to do “Morning Pages” for the next 7 days. Maybe it will go longer, but for now… I will start with a week.
Today the themes that came up are around fear, wanting clarity, next steps, self doubt, and also I noticed alot of coaching myself. I think that is a good sign – its me trying to steer myself out of negative thinking.
The other thing that came out of todays Morning Pages which was the need to Trust that things are happening at the right time.
What are 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.”
– Julia Cameron
You can find out more on this process by going to Julia Cameron’s website and her book the “Artists Way”
I have done Morning Pages before, but not consistently… Never for 7 days straight. This is different from journaling, but I am also doing it to help get myself back journaling consistently since I have slacked off on that!
This is a perfect time for me to do them with some transitions I am going through. Right now…I should be packing for moving in a few weeks, but here I am writing this post… 🙂
It will all be done at the right time. Trust 🙂
Namaste – Kerry 🙂