In late 2014, I came across something called as “Morning Pages”. Someone I follow on twitter tweeted about it. And I got curious. I clicked the link. And little did I know that this click would change me forever.
Morning Pages is the practice of longhand writing that you do as the first thing out of bed, in the morning. It’s suppose to be 3 pages long, no more, no less. Doesn’t matter what you write about, as long as you write 3 pages every morning, no matter what.
Not on the typewriter, not on the computer, not using an app or anything digital for that matter. It’s done with a pen and some paper, any paper. It can be a notebook or sheets of pages, doesn’t matter. The point is that you write. You get up in the morning and you take the pen and that book(for me) and you write.
Doesn’t matter what you write about, as long as you’re writing consciously. Doesn’t matter if it feels like vomitting. Doesn’t matter if it’s a rant, ideas, events, experiences, etc. Just doing it intentionally and doing it while in the now does.
When I first started this, I had a normal resistance to doing it. I used to put it off, and one my biggest excuses was that I kept telling myself that I only want to write it when no one is around me, because it’s personal. Damn right! It is personal! But it doesn’t matter if you are alone or not. Shut everything and everyone out and just write. It took time for me to recover from this trap. But I did. Now, it’s something more than routine. It’s become part of my daily meditation. If I happen to miss it for any reason/excuse I feel off during the entire course of the day. Somehow the day is more “heavy” if I may. I don’t feel guilty, mind you, for not writing but I feel overwhelmed that I have all these thoughts with no place to go.
I am glad I clicked that link. Glad to have found something that has touched how I work/go through the day daily. Touched by how my experiences turn out with others, friends and family. I feel more affirmative and “light” if I may.
I strongly recommend to everyone reading this post, try it for sometime. Not a day, not 10 days, but give it a good try of 3 months. I am sure you’ll enjoy it as much as I have and I will.