Something I've heard referenced by many a guru, was the idea of "morning pages" or "first pages". It's the idea of stream-of-conscious writing for 3 pages to get your brain working first thing in the morning.
Journaling. Basically, it's journaling.
But EVERY DAY. No matter what. And that is not the level of commitment I'm used to. However, one day I was killing time because a store I needed to go to changed it's hours. While I was wondering, I found another store with $4 journals. Of course I bought one. Just call me a stationary addict.
That same day I was listening to a self-help podcast and they were talking about morning pages...again. Wasn't it just so funny I bought a journal a few minutes ago? Huh.
The next morning I cracked open the pretty pages and started writing.
I'm not sure what guru originally started the whole "morning pages" terminology, but I first heard people chattering about it in a Miracle Morning Facebook Group I joined. (Miracle Morning is a whole other rabbit hole I'm not falling down here. But it's a killer book if you haven't read it.) If anyone knows where the term was first introduced, let me know in the comments below.
Morning pages for me takes place in the middle of my morning routine. Before I've even had a sip of coffee, I've got my journal out and I'm writing. And it's just plain magic.
I feel the moment my brain goes into auto-pilot, because the electric buzz in my hand flares as it tries to keep up with my thoughts. That could also be carpal tunnel, but we'll go with magic. I don't let myself stop or think, and whatever is front and center in my brain vomits onto the page in barely legible chickenscratch.
From that time with my brain, I learn a couple things.
1. Where am I at mentally? Am I ready to tackle a double digit "To Do" list? Or do I need to give myself some grace and listen to an audio book while I fold laundry.
2. What needs to be addressed today? If one topic takes over my pages, I need to get on it now. Difficult conversation? Mailing out the packages I've been putting off? Whatever it is, that's my main To Do for the day.
I follow up my speed journal time with a quick meditation session. If I'm really inspired and harnessing my inner guru, I follow that with visualization. Although I'm still working on adding it in to my every day routine. I didn't say I was great at this yet.
Journaling was always one of those things I did "when I thought about it" or "when I had down time". Well...adulthood takes your brain and scrambles it, and down time doesn't happen unless I'm in the hospital. So this is something I'm scheduling into my day for me.
Do you journal? Or do morning pages another way? Tell me if you try morning pages and it helps you out...but only after you do it every morning for a week. ;)