We at Rvk Ritual love one of tools from the book The Artist Way, the morning pages. The idea behind the morning pages is so, so simple but we have found it having profound results for less anxiety, more clarity & creativity. Wake up and write three, handwritten pages each morning. You write as soon as you wake in the morning because that’s when the veil of the ego is said to be the thinnest. It’s almost as if your ego needs extra time to wake-up and start with all of its demands for the day. We recommend taking advantage of this.
Write about whatever you want. Just exactly what comes to mind and don´t edit yourself at all. Don’t think you have anything to say? That’s fine. Simply start writing “This is so stupid, I have no clue why I am doing this bla bla bla…
Just write out your train of thought. Do this every day for a month and you will feel it becoming less of bullshit and more profound. Don´t read the pages just over yet. The amazing thing is that stuff will start coming to you. We can’t explain it but it does.
THE BENEFITS OF MORNING PAGES
- They center you and clear your mind.
We wake up with a ton of stuff floating around in our minds. We need to channel that energy and get it out. Morning Pages act as a ‘brain dump’ that will clear your mind to focus on other things. Whether it’s the small distracting thoughts that can take our attention or bigger, more challenging issues that can at times hijack our thoughts, Morning Pages allow us to “dump” all the “stuff”, making way for more constructive and creative thinking.
- They help you discover your creativity.
In order to retrieve your creativity, you need to find it. And it’s through this seemingly pointless process that you are able to find it. You discover things that have been hidden inside you and stuffed down in the business of life.
- They help to silence your biggest enemy.
Your inner critic.
- They make you less anxious.
Writing helps sweep away anxiety. Envy, anger, fear, vulnerability, procrastination…all those emotions can be put on paper and seen for what they are. By getting this stuff out and looking at it, you realize it’s not so bad and it helps to ground you.
Start adding this habit to your morning routine and see what happens!
Dagný & Eva