Hey, friends, have you heard of the book, The Artist’s Way, by Julia Cameron?
The awesome thing about her book is it’s not just for writers, it’s for anyone who wants to embrace creativity in their lives, whether your creative spark involves music, writing, painting, quilting, knitting, making cards, gardening, baking, hiking or any other creative pursuit (perhaps even parenting or homeschooling).
“Julia Cameron takes readers on an amazing twelve-week journey to discover the inextricable link between their spiritual and creative selves”(from the book description on Amazon)
One of the tools she uses to help her readers make room for creativity and the sacred is called Morning Pages.
What are Morning Pages? Here’s how Julia describes them on her website:
“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.”Julia Cameron
My reason for sharing this information with you is simple. I’m looking for a few people who want to commit to the practice of Morning Pages with me. Three long-hand written pages to pour out the stuff that can get in the way of creating, of seeing the extraordinary and the sacred in the everyday moments.
It’s been way too long since I’ve done Morning Pages and I’m ready to jump back into the practice. Why? Because they make a difference.
They inspire greater creativity, but they also create space in your everyday life for greater productivity around the things that matter. That may include your job, your marriage, your parenting, your friendships or your art. Whatever it involves for you, you will see – and feel – a difference.
But even more, faithfully doing the Morning Pages makes room for the sacred to show up in your day. When you take time to clear out the negative thoughts, the attacking self-talk from your inner critic that can build up in your mind, the sacred whispers of beauty, joy, love, grace, and mercy begin to multiply and burst forth like fragrant colorful blooms all around us.
If this is something that speaks to you, let me know in the comments or by message on my Facebook writer page and let’s start a new creative routine together and see where it takes us.
p.s. The Artist’s Way book link above is an affiliate link 🙂