Back in 2009, I was given a copy of The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron and urged to go through the 12 week course.
So, I started.
In the first week Julia introduces Morning Pages – three pages of longhand, stream of consciousness writing, done first thing in the morning.
At first I thought it sounded a little silly, but her insistence and success stories convinced me to give it a try. (Besides, I had committed myself to doing it)
What I didn’t understand at first is that the Morning Pages are like a whisk broom that goes into all the corners of your consciousness and sweeps them clean.
They saved my sanity turning my divorce, walked with me through my deep raw food transformation + spiritual journey and helped me dig deep to understand and work through the emotions that were trying to come to the surface to heal.
During my spiritual journey, I discovered the power of meditation and explored it as well.
This past year for me I went deeper into my meditation practice, striving for true balance and achieving much of it. In the process I did not do my Morning Pages as consistently as I knew I should. But, I didn’t know which one should really come first. Meditation or Morning Pages? Both seemed equally as important. Do I do one or the other or both?
I missed my Morning Pages, so I meditated on it. I wanted to go deeper into my spirit and communicate with my inner wisdom more clearly and effectively. Through this the inner wisdom told the best way for me to connect was to write.
I got out my pen and paper and did just that.
Through the pages, I decided that since Julia Cameron had made such an impact on me with The Artist’s Way that I wanted to dive into her other books and really pay attention to them in 2016.
I started with picking up her short ebook on The Miracle of Morning Pages where she answers years of questions that had been asked of her about Morning Pages and dove deeper into what they were and what they really meant.
Then I came across these two passages and everything made sense:
“Morning Pages are about action. Unlike conventional meditation, which may lull you out of taking action, the pages magnify our discontent, pointing out actions we could take. The pages tend to point out our many choice points. We are egged on to increase honesty and candor. Our lives become our own. We no longer sell ourselves out, giving our time and energy to others’ agenda. We have a choice whether to invest in other or ourselves. Investing in ourselves is novel for many of us.”
When it comes to which one to do first, according to Julia Cameron… “Pages should come first. They tell you your concerns and point you towards actions you can take. Meditation by contrast, tends to talk you out of action. If you have a problem, you take it into Morning Pages, you will be given a sense of a possible next step. If you take the same problem into meditation, you may find yourself so spiritually “high” that no action seems necessary.”
This was a lightbulb moment for me!
Morning Pages = Action
Meditation = Balance
Both are important and both are needed as we strive to ever improve our lives, reaching higher and higher into what we are put here on this earth to do in this lifetime.
So, for me I have now moved Morning Pages as the first thing I do every day as part of my daily routine. It’s back as part of my solid foundation for checking in and building up a stronger drive and direction on where I am going and what I want to accomplish. I am even happier because of it.
Meditation has moved to the evening so that I am able to integrate my day and balance it all out. This also helps with having a tremendous night’s sleep.
Morning Pages have also been referred to as an active meditation, so for me, this combination works wonders and I feel I am getting the best of both worlds packed into one day.
Have you ever done Morning Pages or Meditation? How do you incorporate them into your daily life?