Lately, I have returned to daily journaling. I have journaled for many years, but it began again most regularly when I read â€śThe Artistâ€™s Wayâ€ť by Julia Cameron about 15 years ago. In that book, Cameron suggests writing three â€śmorning pagesâ€ť each day as a way of stimulating creativity. She instructs her readers to write whatever comes to mind until 3 pages are filled â€" a stream of consciousness method of writing. I have done that for many years, but in this last year since starting my BLOG, I shifted to writing what I have published on my BLOG.
In the past several days, I found myself really out of sorts and feeling somewhat discombobulated (probably not a real word), so yesterday, I pulled out a notebook and started to journal for myself. Writing down my thoughts has always helped me. It seems to accomplish several things. First, it gets them out of my head where they may be rolling around repetitively like a few phrases from a song that gets stuck in your head. Once out on paper, I can see them and examine them and process them â€" perhaps relate them to other thoughts that I have written down. Then, I am able to learn something or let them go and leave them there on the written page and move on. Sometimes, the processing of these thoughts written on paper turns them into new ideas or inspirations. Sometimes, I draw conclusions. Whatever the case, usually the thoughts are no longer in that circular motion in my head. My mind is still, the thoughts are written down and there is some resolution â€" an idea, inspiration or plan that I can act on or a new understanding that allows me to move forward.
If you have not journaled, I highly recommend it. Get out a notebook and try writing three morning pages everyday before you leap out of bed or while youâ€™re sipping on your coffee. You can even do it while youâ€™re sitting at your desk at work and it will improve your day. I say that the time you spend writing these pages will be recovered tenfold in improved productiivity during the day.
If you donâ€™t like the idea of stream of consciousness writing, try something more focused like writing about the kind of day youâ€™d like to create.
Cameron, Julia (2002) The Artistâ€™s Way, Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam, New York, NY.
Â© Carla Weaver 2013.