The Artist's Way Morning Pages Journal is a book by Julia Cameron, which offers complete instructions on how to use the Morning Pages and benefit fully from their daily use. But what does the author mean by Morning Pages?
The benefits of journaling are countless. I once read somewhere that when one is feeling empty one should read, whereas when one is feeling full one should write. This has been one of my most enduring and empowering mottos, which I have really strived to apply in real life. Whenever my feelings are overloading me, I come back to writing, and I immediately start to feel at ease. But I never really knew that writing in the morning, precisely, can become so rewarding in the creative aspects.
Julia Cameron notes that The Morning Pages Journal is one of The Artist’s Way‘s most effective tools to use in order to cultivate creativity, personal growth, and change. Through The Morning Pages, she invites artists, and pretty much everyone to aim for writing a minimum of three pages first thing in the morning, which will derive from the depth of your recently awaken consciousness, in the morning hours when you are still untouched by external stimulations. According to Julia, this daily writing, coupled with the twelve-week program outlined in The Artist’s Way, “will help you discover and recover your personal creativity, artistic confidence, and productivity”.
“Morning pages are non-negotiable. Never skip or skimp on morning pages. Your mood doesn’t matter. The rotten thing your Censor says doesn’t matter. We have this idea that we need to be in the mood to write. We don’t. Morning pages will teach you that your mood doesn’t really matter. Some of the best creative work gets done on the days when you feel that everything you’re doing is just plain junk. The morning pages will teach you to stop judging and just let yourself write. So what if you’re tired, crabby, distracted stressed? Your artist is a child and it needs to be fed. Morning pages feed your artist child. So write your morning pages”.
It’s not even about what you write, that much, and you will notice it. For me personally, it is all about creating a consistency of reflection over your thoughts and feelings. Looking back on those pages will provide you with a sense of control over yourself because you will also be able to keep track of the improvements you’ve made over a month of introspecting.
As of now, I will try the morning pages, by writing anything that comes to my mind, until I have gotten them filled. At least three of them, as Julia asks.
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