I've kept a journal sporadically for twenty years and written morning pages on and off in the past. Throughout my teens I wrote about crushes, friendships and fights, my biggest dreams for the future. In my early twenties I wrote about my disappointment with the real world, my struggle to meet 'the one' and how much I wanted my life to be different. It wasn't until my late twenties that I learned my journal could be so much more than simply a place to pour my heart out. It could be used to … [Read more...] about Journaling vs. morning pages – what’s the difference?
For years I was told I was 'too sensitive'. I thought there was something wrong with me because I cried easily, felt the emotional states of others around me, got upset at watching the news, felt the cold, needed extra sleep, felt easily stressed at work, or got irritated at the sound of radio adverts or noisy music playing while I was trying to have a conversation. I thought that I was just weak or flawed for getting so easily overwhelmed by the world. And then I heard the term highly … [Read more...] about The Highly Sensitive Person’s guide to staying sane
The morning pages are what Julia Cameron describes as 'a pivotal tool in creative recovery’ in her book The Artist’s Way. She explains the morning pages as ‘three pages of longhand writing, strictly stream-of-consciousness’ and also as a ‘brain dump’. I prefer the definition 'brain dump'. She notes that they are not supposed to sound smart, or have any particular purpose or direction except to empty your mind of all the chatter and nonsense in there. Just basically write down whatever comes … [Read more...] about The morning pages
I like to set intentions at the start of each new journal. Intentions are the things I want (or intend) to bring about from journaling. It sort of clarifies for you (and the universe, or God – whatever you believe) what you hope your journaling will bring to your life. I never used to set intentions, but since doing so I’ve found them to be really helpful in giving me a sense of purpose with my journaling. They can be anything really, just try to answer this question: What is it you hope to … [Read more...] about Before you journal: setting intentions for the journey ahead
How often should you journal? As often as possible, really. As I’ve mentioned before, I used to journal sporadically – just whenever I felt in the mood. And that was fine, but it wasn’t life changing. If you’re serious about journaling dangerously - that is, to make radical positive changes in your life - then you should aim to journal every day. There’s something about journaling every day that really makes us look at our lives. This is why it’s dangerous – if you’re not looking to get out of … [Read more...] about Showing up at the page each day
I am not a morning person and never imagined I could be one. Even now I’m not exactly eager to get up in the morning. But it takes a lot to make me miss my morning journaling session. I journal in the morning because it is time alone for myself, that I have carved out of the day, before anyone else is awake. I get up at 6am, which gives me about 45 minutes alone with a cup of coffee, my journal, my music and my thoughts. There is nothing else to think about at that time (I always set an alarm … [Read more...] about Making it a ritual: journaling in the morning