Sitting in meditation is the last thing I’ve wanted to do lately... and then I feel bad about myself for ditching it because I’m usually so disciplined with my meditation practice.
To compromise, I’ve replaced daily meditation with writing morning pages.
I have so much fun and success from this ritual, I need to share it with you so you can try it for yourself.
Morning journaling is a practice I’ve been in and out of the last 4 years. Through stream of consciousness journaling, I’ve uncovered both questions and answers about myself and what to do next. These grow in my subconscious mind first, show up on the page second, and then slowly take tangible shape in my life.
If meditation isn’t your thing, but you want to clear your mind and reset yourself, try journaling. A few minutes of practically illegible scribbles on a page each morning can direct you toward profound life changes!
My first tip is don't let your pen leave the page. And because of that, a fountain pen, where the ink streams out quite easily, can be most effective. Keeping an unbroken pathway between your mind, your hand, the pen, the page, and the words, helps your writing connect with your stream of consciousness.
The second tip is don’t worry if your first few days of journaling are filled with what reads like a lot of nothing! Your first crack at this will not be profound. My first few entries contained paragraphs very similar to: “I don't know what to write, and I don't know what to do. And I'm just writing because I thought I would try this…” I grant you full permission to write your pages just like this, and to repeat yourself for as long as necessary to clear out the congestion and make way for a new thought to replace it!
You'll break free of these initial fears, for that’s all they are — a fear a doing your pages “wrong,” a fear of not not writing good enough, or long enough or writing the correct topics — and almost without realizing, one day you’ll have moved into different topics, and you'll find new words coming out.
I have effortlessly implemented so many wonderful upgrades in my life through morning journaling. Some are small daily habits that bring me joy, like drinking more water becasue I know it clears my skin and provides me more energy. Others are ambitious projects that bully their way out, like my secret desire to write my book (which I did and published within the first year of morning journaling because this need was unrelenting in my pages!)
I've discovered what kind of schedule I like best because my pages revealed my daily strengths and weakness. I’ve planned and executed trips to amazing destinations, like the south of France, because these adventures kept resurfacing in my pages, and I couldn't help but take small actions to bring the idea to life. My relationship with my parents improved because I noticed through my writing that I was unhappy how infrequently I saw them, and how inadequately the time together was spent. I made family visits a stronger priority in my life and deepened our phone conversations.
Morning journaling provides a safe place and easy medium for anything bothering me to show up. I've been able to discuss uncomfortable topics with myself, get a fresh perspective, and then either let go of them, or transform them. I’ve been able to ask questions to myself and find the answers for new things. I've learned to challenge myself, see where I've been excited, see where I've been bored, and try out new decisions on the page before implementing them into my daily reality.
Now the third tip may surprise you. Don’t read your pages again. keep them in your book and move on.
I never refer back on my morning pages because this isn't the type of journal where you catalog the a day or keep a firm record or accurate memory of actual events that you may share one day with others.
Morning journaling is all yours. It’s honest, no holds barred, for no-one else's eyes, stream of consciousness on a page.
You’ll be amazed how important topics, ideas, feelings, and situations find their way back into your pages over again. Thoughts that need to be heard will keep showing up.
Morning journaling isn’t about reaching back to old ideas. It's about creating something new. And that's why I recommend that you don't go back and reread. Allow your pages to be a graceful letting go of what needs exit your life, and a warm invitation for new energy to enter your life.
I look forward to all of your success and I'm really excited for you to get started. And please contact me at [email protected] if you have any questions, comments, or even if you have any tips that you found have worked best for you to help you in this practice.