Way back in August, I wrote a post on my discovery of ‘Morning Pages’, a creative journaling practice which encourages the individual to do 3 pages of stream of consciousness writing every morning, immediately after waking up. The reasoning behind this, is that it is supposed to clear the mind of mental rubbish and release creative energy.
My initial experience with this daily writing was actually quite powerful, but surprisingly, in a negative way. Instead of leaving me feeling clear of negativity and full of energy, I felt irritated, weighed down with emotion and I more or less carried that around with me, for the rest of the day. I stopped doing ‘Morning Page’s after about a month.
The main reason I quit doing ‘Morning Pages’ is that I feel that I benefit more from journaling in the evening. I can write about my problems and thoughts at the end of the day and then start the next with a fresh slate. Also whilst I was doing ‘Morning Pages’, I found that I slept worse, because I did not have my usual daily ritual of writing before I went to sleep.
Now I’m not saying that ‘Morning Pages’ were a complete waste of time. In fact a few times during the fog of writing ‘I don’t know what to say’ and ‘This is pointless’, there were moments of real insight, which really surprised me.
So I’m not going to say that ‘Morning Pages’ is something that you shouldn’t do, but for me, I’ll stick journalling in the evening.
For more information on ‘Morning Pages’, click here.
I’d really be interested to hear about your experiences with ‘Morning Pages’, whether it be positive or negative.