Why Three Pages Could Change Your Life
Let's face it; one of the most important relationships is the one you have with yourself. And nothing forces you to get to know yourself faster than sitting with your thoughts and reflecting on your day the old fashion way — pen to paper.
That's why I, Leez, challenged myself to take on the morning pages, a three page longhand morning writing practice from the amazingly talented author, Julia Cameron of The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity. So what did I manage to fill up three pages with every morning for 30 days? Anything, everything, and sometimes a whole lot of nothing.
The best part? Morning pages transformed my life and here are three ways they can help transform yours too.
Get in touch with the truth
When you force yourself to write three pages every day without overthinking your every word or thought, your true feelings come out in surprising ways. For example, the happy hour you keep agreeing to may easily translate to “Those happy hours really drain me…I think I’m going to stop agreeing to things that zap my energy.” Morning pages may also help you uncover bigger truths about your relationships or your career – allowing yourself to take off the mask and really have a dialogue about how you want to be living your life versus how you’re living your life.
Let go of what no longer serves you
I’m not sure about you, but I tend to overanalyze things in my head (a lot). But writing down my thoughts on paper not only helped me make more sense of my world, but also helped me let go of emotions, ideas, and random thoughts I was getting stuck on. Before I knew it, my three pages were filled, and whatever I was fixated on was out of sight and out of mind.
Manage emotions better
Everybody needs an outlet to process their feelings. Similar to a morning jog or bike ride, morning pages allow you to create some space between you and whatever it is you’re feeling. And let’s be honest, we could all use a little extra space between our emotions and the actions that often arise when we don’t allow for some breathing room.
You know what’s coming next right? You guessed it…my challenge to you this weekend is to give morning pages a try. Pour yourself a delicious cup of morning coffee, find your favorite nook, and take morning pages out for a spin. No thinking or planning, just writing whatever comes to mind until you fill up three blank pages. Not a morning page person? Try the dream journal challenge my gal pal, Calley, recently took on instead.