For newbies to my blog, morning pages are one of the two basic tools introduced by Julia Cameron in her book The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity. The second is a weekly artist date, where you head out in the world to gain experiences that fill your creative pool.
My most recent artist date was a trip to LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) where they had fancy art exhibits and my favorite, free potato kabobs!
I love me a good potato kabob.
Did the kabob inspire me? Not really. But it sure tasted great.
Back to the morning pages. I found this article by Laura Biering that listed these as 11 good reasons for writing morning pages:
- To achieve healthy, constructive expression of emotions;
- To attain greater clarity of thought and ease with prioritization;
- To augment brainstorming abilities;
- To develop a deeper spiritual life;
- To enhance mood and outlook on life;
- To have accurate documentation of life experiences;
- To heighten problem-solving skills;
- To improved performance of daily activities;
- To increase levels of self-awareness;
- To manage stress and obtain other health benefits; and
- To stimulate a healthier mind.
Here are my 11 good reasons for writing morning pages:
- To bitch about my job
- To play with my journal and pens
- To obsess about boys
- To write endless lists
- To discover blog material (like this here post)
- To bitch about people that bug
- To write hearts in the margins
- To make evil plans
- To ... well, I guess there is only 8.