Greetings from CreateWriteNow, and many thanks to Sam, for hosting us here today!
EasyJournaling focuses on the many different media with which to journal, and it provides a unique and much-needed service in doing so. Thanks again, Sam!
I’m also going to talk about available media technology, but it’s nothing so new and untried as the techniques discussed in this blog. I refer to the lowly technology of pen and paper.
Using pen and paper exclusively is one of the fundamentals of a Morning Pages practice.
Are you familiar with Morning Pages? As described on the website for The Artist’s Way, the book that first introduced the practice:
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.
“Three pages of longhand.” Ancient technology. Yet a Morning Pages practice is nothing short of transformational. My own experience with the habit is that it strengthens and enriches beyond all expectations. So although we cover many different forms of journal writing, we give the Morning Pages practice a lot of space at CreateWriteNow.
And we want to make it as easy as possible for you to try it yourself.
Sometimes, when you are considering a new habit, it’s best to take things in measurable chunks. Instead of giving up cake and ice cream forever, give it up for 10 days and then see what happens. Instead of committing to a brisk walk every day for the rest of your life, resolve to walk daily for a week. Then you may just want to commit to another week because of the way you feel. And after a while you realize you walk every day simply because you have come to love it.
We used this same concept in creating 12 Days to Morning Pages, a series of prompts and exercises that introduces you to the practice of Morning Pages with relatively little effort on your part.
Let this short series be your gentle guide and let go of anxieties. Just consider how you feel when the 12 days have passed. How did the practice affect you? Did it whet your appetite for more? If not, you may want to review it at another time in your life. But if you’re like many of us, the introduction will leave you thrilled with the experience and ready to keep going.
Because though it’s a humble “machine,” the pen still has much to teach us.
Do you keep Morning Pages? Please tell us about it in the comments.
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Mari L. McCarthy is The Journaling Therapy Specialist, founder of Create Write Now (http://createwritenow.com), the Personal Growth Journaling Place. Mari offers counseling and encouragement to journal writers through her many online journaling resources, as well as private consultations. Mari’s teachings and workbooks center around journaling for self-discovery, self-growth, and self-healing. She has published nearly 20 journaling guides, exploring such topics as money, jobs, health, bereavement, personal organization, and more. Look for her 27 Days of Journaling to Health and Happiness, a course that begins this September 1st.