I’ve often shared about my practice of writing Morning Pages based on Julia Cameron‘s The Artist’s Way. I spend about 20 minutes each day (as far as possible) hand writing three pages. Today’s reflection is about my relationship with this practice!
20 odd minutes is all it takes. Yet, how I fight this every day. Like someone fighting against taking medication that they know for certain is going to make them well!
My head is distracted. Full of ideas and plans. I feel rushed. Out of time. I feel like I should be spending time on something more productive.
But I remind myself of all that I’ve experienced through this practice in the past.
What better way to focus than watch these words spill on to the page. Thoughts in my head translated into writing. Thoughts that I’m not even conscious of. Words and sentences that are seemingly unrelated to what’s going on around me. But they form a thread. Revealing what’s really bothering me. Or the area I need to work on in my life.
Words that draw me back to my real self. Helping me to express my fears, hopes and dreams. These words that help me convey my anger, resentment and jealousy in a harmless way – in a place where no one sees them.
As I write, I start to feel the pace of my breathing slowing down. I’m more in control of my emotions. I find myself starting to get more comfortable in my chair.
Ease and flow. Calm and peace.
20 minutes is all it takes. Refueling for the day ahead. A gift to myself.
Do you have a similar practice to calm yourself down and focus better?
May you be inspired – every day!