how to create your own magical day — and consistently deliver a high-vibe performance every day
Recently, I added a new element to my morning routine that has changed the way I show up in the world.
In fact, this simple trick helps me stay focused, centered and clear on my goals all day. It also helps me sort through my emotions, so I can move forward with intention and manifest the results I want to see by the time the day is over.
I’ve noticed how it changes my day — and my performance — by adding a little magic.
My Morning Routine Must For A Magical Day
So without further adieu, let’s talk about my favorite morning routine tip: Morning Pages.
What Are Morning Pages?
Author Julia Cameron first came up with the practice of Morning Pages in her highly influential book, “The Artist’s Way.” Since then, the creative practice has taken the world by storm, helping people find clarity, healing and focus through writing and the arts.
In fact, thought leaders of all kinds have attributed many benefits to the practice of writing Morning Pages.
Tim Ferriss called his Morning Pages “the most cost-effective therapy I’ve ever found.”
Digital marketing expert Jeff Bullas starts his day with at least 5-10 minutes of Morning Pages, and dancer/actor Julianne Hough invited her social media following to join her in a Morning Pages challenge because the practice has made such a difference in her life.
Whether you’re going through a tough season or simply trying to bring more peace to your day, Morning Pages are an excellent way to focus, process and set intentions for the day, without too much structure or time.
How Do Morning Pages Work?
So how does the practice of Morning Pages work? The idea is to start each morning with a private writing practice and see what comes out — that’s it.
While Cameron’s original practice has a bit more structure to it, she also states there’s no wrong way to approach them, either.
If you’re a Morning Pages purist, however, there are a few basic guidelines to follow:
- Don’t stop until you fill three pages in a standard 8.5 x 11 in. journal.
- Write whatever comes to your mind. The goal is a stream-of-consciousness style of writing that invites you to write with no destination in mind — and see where it takes you. Think: flow.
- Write first thing in the morning, as soon as you wake up. The idea is to tap into the subconscious part of your mind that takes over during sleep and hangs around in the balance as you fully wake up.
- Keep your pages private. In order to let your subconscious run wild on the page, you want to create a safe space for writing. If you do want to share excerpts later, you always have the option.
- Write them consistently every day. This is where the real magic happens. The more this habit becomes second-nature, the more easily you’ll access a higher consciousness.
But, What Do I Write?
Surprisingly, this is the one question you don’t want to answer because it defeats the purpose of the Morning Pages process. In fact, try to put this question out of your mind when you’re writing.
If you are having trouble getting the words out onto the page, however, there are a few things you can do to help them along.
1. Set up mental triggers.
Studies show, in order to create a lasting habit, you want to start with the same rituals each time, so you can build momentum over time.
For example, if your desired habit is to write your Morning Pages, your rituals might include setting a pen and notebook on your nightstand each night. In the morning, you might do the same three stretches in bed, take three deep breaths, put your glasses on, adjust your pillow and, finally, start writing.
By practicing the same, specific rituals as you ready yourself to begin the new habit, you’re setting off mental triggers that it’s time to write your Morning Pages.
2. Go inward.
There will likely be times when you don’t have anything to say, and the words aren’t flowing freely. In these moments, rather than searching for inspiration or thinking of things you “should” be writing about, take a minute to go inward.
You can do this by getting into a comfortable, seated position with your spine upright. Try to align your head over your heart and your heart over your hips. Close your eyes and try to feel your center, whatever that might look like to you. Stay there, focus on your breath, and let the quiet envelope you. Sit in that moment until you feel connected — to your breath, your heart, your center, your pen — whatever.
Then open your eyes and write about how that experience felt, as well as what came up for you.
3. Start with gratitude.
If you’re really struggling with finding the words, and the flow just isn’t coming to you, don’t worry. That’s completely normal. Just find a conscious place to start until the subconscious takes over.
Like gratitude. Start by freewriting about the five things you’re most grateful for in that moment.
But after you write down each thing you’re grateful for, make sure to include a few sentences about why. It puts some meaning behind your list, so you can begin to see what matters to you most.
The Unexpected Benefits Of Morning Pages
So by now you’re probably wondering: What will the Morning Pages actually do for me?
Well, the benefits of this practice are as unique as the pages we create. But there are a few benefits we typically experience as we pour our souls onto the page with regularity.
To help us learn about those universal benefits, let’s look at some excerpts straight from Julia Cameron’s book, “The Artist’s Way.”
1. They take stock of your emotions, fear and motivations on a daily basis.
Cameron Writes: “When people ask, ‘Why do we write morning pages?’ I joke, ‘To get to the other side.’ They think I am kidding, but I’m not. Morning pages do get us to the other side: the other side of our fear, our negativity, of our moods … Pages clarify our yearnings. They keep an eye on our goals. … If we are drifting, the pages will point that out. They will point the way True North. Each morning, as we face the page, we meet ourselves.”
2. They unearth your innermost beliefs, so you can create from a place of freedom and clarity.
Cameron writes: “The pages may seem dull to you, even pointless, but they are not. Remember that they are not intended to be ‘art.’ They pave the way for art. Each page you write is a small manifesto. You are declaring your freedom — freedom from your Censor, freedom from negativity in any quarter … Morning pages may hold insights and intuitions that startle you.”
3. They access and communicate with your higher self.
“It is impossible to write morning pages for any extended period of time without coming into contact with an unexpected inner power. Although I used them for many years before I realized this, the pages are a pathway to a strong and clear sense of self.”
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