I want to be a writer, and I think that might mean writing more things, more often. And also sharing what I write with other people!
The practice of morning pages — writing three pages, longhand, of whatever comes to mind first thing every morning — comes from Julia Cameron's book, The Artist's Way. I started this practice around six months ago, but with my other morning practices of meditation and yoga, I've gotten away from writing first thing each day. Lately, many days can go by without this writing practice. I'm feeling a need to re-commit, even if I have to wake up 45 minutes earlier to do it!
Why daily practice?
There's great beauty and simplicity to committing to a daily practice. The commitment beforehand removes any need to decide whether or when to do the thing, it's already set for each day. Plus, routines are calming, for me at least, in the face of so much uncertainty. And then the growth is gradual, gentle, and durable.
Why this daily practice?
When I was diligently writing away each day, I began to really enjoy letting my mind wander and tracing out its crisscrossing paths nonjudgementally (when else do I do that?!). I also started to get to know my own unadorned voice and practice putting that down on the page. I'd look forward to the freedom from self-editing, and I'd encounter all sorts of juicy insights as I wrote. Part of the point of this exercise, as I understand it, is to put onto the page all the swirling thoughts in the mind that get in the way of artistic production. I see these pages as facilitating the other writing I want to do, namely personal essays.
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I'm doing this inner work to enable the outer work of sharing what I think, feel, and know with a wider audience. One amazing teacher of mine said that we have a responsibility to share our knowledge with the community, and I'd love to live into that.
As a thank you, I'll share short essays weekly with folks who support!
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So much love to all who are reading this! May your own inner work support what you're here to do in this world.