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This post is by Mari McCarthy of CreateWriteNow.

Do You Have the Morning Pages Advantage?

Whether or not you’re a “morning person,” you probably agree that those first few moments after you wake up are a different kind of consciousness. You might feel a little foggy-headed, for instance, half still in dreamland, if you’re the type that operates best in the latter part of the day. If you’re an “A” type of personality, you may feel most sharp in the early morning.

Either way, it’s a special time. Maybe you can find new discoveries in your semi-dreaming awareness; or those of you who wake up raring to go probably benefit from the thoughts and plans that come to you first thing in the morning. So this post is a suggestion to use those early moments for something truly transformative.

I’m talking about journal writing. And not just any journal writing, but Morning Pages journaling. Julia Cameron invented the practice a couple decades ago, describing it in detail in her classic book, The Artist’s Way. The basic idea is to write stream-of-consciousness thoughts, filling up three pages every morning right after you arise.

Morning Pages are like sleep or a great meal or a swim in the ocean in that they refresh our minds so that we can approach the day with positive energy.

At CreateWriteNow, we realize that the hardest thing about journaling may well be the part about getting started. It’s often prohibitively difficult to start a new healthy habit. We generally prefer the status quo and dislike change. Yet if we could just get started, our lives would improve!

So that’s why we recently created the 12 Days of Morning Pages. Available both as a course delivered to your email inbox over the 12 days, as well as in ebook form, the material provides an easy entry to your daily practice.

A healthy lifestyle must include support for various parts of the self. Of course eating nutritious foods and getting enough exercise are important. A peaceful home life and work that fulfills you are also key. Good friends and lots of fresh air help a great deal. But perhaps the most important aspect of a healthy lifestyle is emotional support. If you feel strong emotionally, you think just about anything is possible.

A journal writing practice is a free and always available path to emotional strength. The Morning Pages can open up the wonders of journaling, and our new course will bring the Morning Pages home to you like a long lost lover.

Do you have a Morning Pages habit? We’d love to hear about it. Please share in the comments.



Mari L. McCarthy is The Journaling Therapy Specialist, founder of Create Write Now (http://createwritenow.com), the Personal Growth Journaling Place. Mari offers counseling and encouragement to journal writers through her many online journaling resources, as well as private consultations. Mari’s teachings and workbooks center around journaling for self-discovery, self-growth, and self-healing. 12 Days of Morning Pages (http://www.createwritenow.com/12-days-of-morning-pages) is her latest emailed course, providing a gentle entrance to a life-changing practice.


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