In my previous post I describe taking up the practice of writing morning pages. This post follows up on my promise to describe what I am gaining from the process.
I didn't know what to expect when I began doing morning pages a few weeks ago. Having put in some time with this process, I've come to recognize and appreciate that I'm experiencing positive ripples in my life simply from the act of writing out 3 pages.
I also, at the same time, feel some resistance to lassoing the positive aspects into a linear construct. I'm afraid if I do so I will want to ensure that I am "achieving" these positive aspects each time I write out my 3 pages. It doesn't work that way. Each morning brings a fresh new beginning. Some days an insight I need to hear will land on the page. Other days it's quiet and free-flowing. Clarity and meaning may not put in an appearance.
For me it's about trusting the process. Write 3 pages in longhand upon awakening. Period. Everyone's experience is unique, and I believe the process works for what each individual needs on that particular day.
And so, although I "list" these benefits as such, keep in mind that these do not exist in separate fashion. The process of writing morning pages creates a momentum of sorts, with one positive aspect begetting another. It's hard to tell where one leaves off and the other one begins. Imagine a positive cascading domino effect.
- Mental Clearing - Corralling my disparate thoughts and feelings onto the page acknowledges them. They no longer tug at me, like a crying toddler pulling on her mother's pants leg. It puts them into a place and quiets them down. In short, it immediately gets them off my proverbial back so that I am not carrying them throughout my day. Once that mental junk quiets down, words from deeper inside have room to come up, if that is what is needed on that particular morning.
- Spend More Time in the Present