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5/14/10 12:12 P

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I've done them 3 times this week so far. I am hoping to move my desk tonight so it is in front of window and further away from the bedroom so I don't have to worry about waking my husband. I'm hoping this removing this "roadblock" will help in my motivation to be more consistent.

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Oops! I just found the Morning Pages thread in the Chapter Threads by Week Forum. I've moved my post there.

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I've been doing my morning pages faithfully, but it's a struggle. Instead of writing stream of consiousness I was using them more like a journal. I've corrected that mistake and am finding I get a lot more "blurts" that way, things I didn't even know I was thinking. It's interesting.

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ANYONE ELSE WAITING FOR A GROUP TO START AND STRUGGLING OVER MORNING PAGES? I DON'T HAVE A HABIT OF JOURNALING ANYMORE, I USED TO, BUT IT FELL THROUGH THE CRACKS. RETRIEVING IT. THOUGHT WE COULD USE THIS THREAD AS A CHECK IN FOR MORNING PAGES. ANY ONE ELSE INTERESTED?

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Good morning! I've just started TAW and thank you for the link to the book. Didn't find my book as I had hoped. "my" room is a mess and can't get to the bookcase yet... work in progress :)

Grateful for the MP's, realized how much junk I have repeating in my head every day!! The most annoying part is I think I must drive MDH crazy because a lot of it I talk to him about..... Not cool. So the pages are a good dumping ground.

Now.... what to plan for the Artist's Date??? I'll have to look around for a thread to see what others have done... see if there are any good ideas. I'm restricted in physical activity right now, but there's other things I can do. emoticon Carrie






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Carmen, I really understand your sentiment about sitting on a minefield of painful stuff, that's a great way to put it. It's overwhelming sometimes.

I didn't want to do my morning pages this morning or exercise. I felt a lot of anxiety about it. Instead of giving myself a pass, I wrote my MPs about my anxiety and answered all of my fears. I re-wrote my affirmations, which I hadn't done for a while. And after about 2 1/2 pages, I was jumping to get through my morning pages because I was ready to exercise!!!

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Thanks for the compliments on the new photo Rebecca and T. Dodge - muchly appreciated!

I pushed myself to go a little deeper in morning pages on Wednesday and that seemed to help. What I discovered is that I'm sitting on a minefield of painful stuff that I don't want to face. Getting some of it down on paper definitely lightened the load. I struggled again today, though, I wrote the 3 pages, but stayed on surface stuff. I think perserverence is key.

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I like the eeeeeeeeee idea that you have, Nancy! I always do "I don't know what to write" but lately they're getting less and less as I'm becoming more mindful about doing my pages. Instead of four or five in a row there will only be one.

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T--hang in there, 1 1/2 pages is a good start...just do what you can and then cover that page with eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee or whatever! CMY (Carol)

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WE COULD ALL LEARN A LITTLE MORE perseverence.

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Noticed the photo, too. Looks GREAT! Still no luck with the MP. I actually sat down to do one this morning and was so jumpy I only got about 1.5 pages done before I threw up my hands in disgust. Still, I'll keep trying. Teaches us perseverence, right?

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Carmen, I really like your new photo! You look gorgeous!

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MPs have been difficult for me this week. I skipped a couple of days because I've been busy - and I think because they've just been so hard. I actually dozed off one morning when doing them. I will keep at it, though. Plan to get back to it tomorrow.

The very least you can do in your life is to figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof. from Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver
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Animals sense so much, just be with them before an earthquake. Hopefully life will be better soon and then you will miss your animals loving.

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I could easily do three MP's if the cat would leave me alone long enough. I have been on the weepy side lately and none of my animals will leave me alone. All that unconditional love that pets give and they are lavishing it on me.

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Well, I did my MPs today. I was going to stop at 2 pages, but I pushed on for 3. Didn't get much said, but I put words to the paper. I think it's a defence mechanism, but I get very distracted during my MPs and don't stay in the moment. I managed to stay focused for the last half page, but that was it. The entire three pages were more like a journal entry because I would stop and look at my nails, or play with the cat, or just something other than writing. I think I need to rededicate myself to really trying to stay in the moment.

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Sorry, just reread my post and it seemed curt. May your troubles cease and life turn to happiness. May the wind be always at your back and the sun come visit you face, often.

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I haven't done my MPs for the past two days. It's just been rebellion/depression. I'm hoping to get back on track sometime this week, it seems like I have appointments every day, which I'm not used to.

TDodge, I'm so sorry to hear about your family troubles. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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TDODGE: I can't imagine why you aren't concentrating on MP. I certainly hope things straighten up for you in a very, very short time.

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Life has really gotten in the way of my MP. Headaches have created some strange symptoms so I'll be getting an MRI. My sister is in the ICU for heart and lung trouble. My daughter is homeless in Fort Collins. All in all it's been a crappy couple of weeks since my son left. Hopefully, things settle down and get back to normal soon.

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I missed them the past few days.

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I really don't want to whine today -- yet -- but give me an hour or so.

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I finally started my MP today. I finished them before my water boiled for my tea. I went to bed after reading about HFCS and I read that it is considered to be natural because the FDA says it is..so I had HFCS in my brain while asleep...geez I've never seen and HFCS growing anywhere...and with so much processing and chemical manipulation they do to make corn into HFCS and they consider that to be natural...


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Mmmm...coffee ice cream sounds really good this morning. I quit doing my morning pages for three days because I was struggling with my depression a lot and didn't do much of anything for those days. This morning it was really a chore getting back into them. It felt like there was something bubbling under the surface that I wanted to write about, but my mind kept distracting me. I've never had that feeling before.

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Coffee ice cream :-) Needed something a bit damper after all that popcorn, LOL. Today I was worse; went with a friend to an Italian restaurant to listen to her (her husband's got metastasized cancer)and eat lunch and ordered sausages and peppers and drank a couple beers I thought were "light" but they weren't. But meanwhile, DH and son and 2 grandkids they were babysitting so daughter-in-law could go to work were at home and when I got home a good friend showed up too so we all went out to dinner. I only had a spinach salad but the sausage and beer had already done done me in :-) so I had a teeny tiny taste of the cake they'd brought over (DH's birthday was last month but they were at their other grandparents so missed it). Anyway, I'll be living on water tomorrow and treading it too :-)

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Hmmmmm Icecream topped Popcorn. Icecream topped Popcorn. I don't know if that flavor would catch on! hehehe What flavor was the Icecream??? :D A nutty flavor could work..... :) I know, those 2 treats were enjoyed seperately. I couldn't help but tease. :)
My pages are done today, and yesterdays was done yesterday, but today, I didn't remember UNTIL I had come here, to answer emails, and this thread REMINDED me! :D

Do a happy dance with me!! Looks like I'm going to get my first ever CELL PHONE this next week!! :D It's coming as part of a promotion to get signed up with a service, but it's needed, too! This should help us keep in touch better, and hopefully it's less expensive, because calling spouse is UNLIMITED!! Joe normally has to pay at least 80 a month for pre-paid phone cards. AND the phones (one for hubby one for me) come equipped to do pics, AND mp3!!! So, as hubby goes exploring, he can send pics of what he sees! :D WHOO HOO!!! :D

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I sit with my first cup of coffee (of 2 total) in my comfy chair and do the Morning Pages before I even turn on my computer so I'm not tempted and/or don't get lost in the computer :-)

I start with any dreams or thoughts I had upon awakening (this morning my husband rudely woke me getting back in bed after going to the bathroom by accidentally pulling the covers off me and then having a blast of cold air come under and hit the other side of me:

Beware of friends turned in to lovers
They'll steal your heart
And then your covers!)

and then I might check my overall emotions, see what I'm "feeling" and if it's something I'll look at that a bit, go on for plans for the day or things I feel I have to do but don't want to, any resistances I'm feeling, chastize myself for the ice cream on top of the popcorn after I had the good-night chocolate (the chocolate was part of my plan but not the popcorn and especially not the ice cream! :-) and then I look around and describe what I see, anything that "bothers" or interests me about what I see (mess, need for vacuuming, Christmas presents I've already bought) and that might remind me of other chores or things I want to do. . . it's just one huge stream of consciousness.

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My understanding is that we are to make the effort to fill 3 pages (not that I've been good at doing that lately!), and that if we can't think of something to say, just keep writing that, 'I don't know what to write' over and over until something else occurs to you.
I know I really struggled at first too; my hand would 'seize up', and I could NOT hold the pen any longer and I just could not continue, but little by little I was able to get up to 3 pages.
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Yesterday I wrote 2 pages of nothing! Today I didn't start to write yet, but I will...after coffee. Three pages is harder than I thought! Any ideas? I am new so it should be this hard right?

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got them done.

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hehehe Glad you like. Guess I'm not too bad at possibly adding another verse to songs we already know. Did one for "My Favorite Things" as well. :)

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This is so funny! I actually DO know the tune MedievalGlo. Thanks a lot - now I'm going to have this stuck in my head every morning as I get started. Too cute. Thanks for sharing.

The very least you can do in your life is to figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof. from Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver
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OOH OOH OOH I thought up a little ditty for this!!
You probably wouldn't recognize the tune. It's from a kiddie show and was called "Picture Pages", so basically it's another verse.

"Morning Pages"
Morning Pages! Morning Pages!
Got to do my Morning Pages!
Got to use my paper and my pencil!!
Morning Pages, Morning Pages!
Now I've done my Morning Pages!
Wrote down all my thoughts,
and now my morning chore is done!

PS. Please excuse the word "chore". It fit better into the rythm. :)
PPS. I like this, and it's ok if you don't. I just wanted to share before I forgot it. :)

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*happy dancing* I did mine!! I did mine!!!
I had to find paper first, and I wasn't expecting to have this time to do it, but I missed getting to the EARLY morning shift, and no other work came in before 8 am. So, I'll get there by 6 am tomorrow to MAKE SURE I have work tomorrow!

Mine were dealing with things I'm concerned about as I try to go back out in the work a day world. Primarily, I have a bird. A cockatiel. I'm not used to cocatiels, and she has a way about her that is much more annoying to me than budgies/parakeets are.
Now, a new development. I never DREAMED I could ever have a cat, but I've got one!!! I THINK you can already imagine where I'm going with this! LOL

WILL I be able to come home each day to peace(or relative peace where kids are doing their normal fighting, etc) OR will I come home to upset kids due to having the birdcage destroyed and bird who no longer lives PLUS a very satisfied with itself looking cat?????

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Thanks Rebecca and KYRRDIS for sharing how MPs work for you. I'm not sure if it helped that I wrote about it here or if it was just part of the process, but my pages went to a whole new place this morning. I have done some major venting in them too, but had just felt really stuck for the last few days. Then blammo this morning all of this deeper feeling came bubbling up. Wasn't expecting it or intentionally trying to go there - it just kept flowing out. Strange how this process works.

Barbara, its great that the writing helped you get rid of your headache. What a great benefit.

The very least you can do in your life is to figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof. from Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver
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Man I really vented on my morning pages this morning. I waited until the hubby stepped out side and turned off the tv. Didn't take me long either. It really took a load off and my headache even disappeared. I find if I do my venting on them, then I can let go for the day and enjoy the rest of the day. I think I've needed this for a long time.

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I do some of that, too, Rebecca. Often, though, my morning thoughts center around what's upsetting me, and I get to vent on the page. It means I go to work less cranky, I guess.

I tend to write, "My mind is blank," or "I gotta write something," when I get those dry moments. Other times, I add something like, "Another spoonful of cereal" or "Another sip of water, gotta take my pills". It's a legit subject you're thinking about... "Gads, I'm tired. I'd like to go back to bed," is another favorite (and it doesn't matter HOW many hours of sleep I got the night before!).

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don't worry, TwinkleMama, I experience the same thing with my MPs. Some days my hand just flies over the page, other days it's "I don't know what to write I don't know what to write I don't know what to write." I think that's normal.

Rebecca

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So I started out doing my MPs and for the first few days it was fantastic. I really looked forward to it - filling up 3 pages was no problem. But now for some reason it's harder for me. Much more "I don't know what to write" than before. Anybody else experience this sort of ebb and flow with the MPs?

The very least you can do in your life is to figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof. from Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver
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I got my MPs done, but spent most of my day at the hospital visiting my DIL.

I'm really having trouble with the ADs. My Inner Critic doesn't see any purpose for them, and my Inner Child is sort of anxious about drawing (a major bone of contention while I was growing up).

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I did my first MP's this morning. I also went over the Week one things and listed them to work on this week.

I also did my AD this afternoon. Hubby tagged along. I didn't ask him to but didn't tell him no. I just didn't talk to him much while working. He seemed interested though. I made handmade paper. I bought this little kit years ago and never took the time to use it. I made 3 sheets. One I used leaves to make imprints which I then stained grey. The paper was a light grey to begin with. The second sheet I glittered with silver glitter. And the last sheet I sprinkled on powdered purple tempra paint. I like it the best. Now I need to think how I can use it in some altered art. I asked hubby later if he could make me a bigger frame and deckle. I will continue to make paper as it was so messy and so much fun. I'm going for my walk. I try to get a walk in daily ALONE!!

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Ok, I just got here, so I haven't done any writing as of yet. I just WISH everything I typed out to answer my Sparkmail to Bettina counted, because it turned out to be A LOT!!!
It sounds like the wiggly toes are showing how much you are enjoying the process!! :D I bet they're cute! hehehe

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After a week of waking up and rushing to the convention, I am easing my way back into TAW. I have a lot of catching up to do!

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Hey, I have a weird question. I have noticed that when I am writing away in my morning pages (and evening too) my toes wiggle as my hand flies over the pages. Does anyone else experience anything like that??? CMY (Carol)

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yeppers picked up my journal the day had so much dust on it i nearly chocked lol but i've been writing in it everyday 4 three weeks feel allot better my depression had stopped my writing hadn't written a poem since the one i wrote when my mom died almost 2 yrs ago used to write 1 a day sometimes more haven't got there yet but i will hope all r having a blessed day kulagirl

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I haven't done morning pages for 10+ years; mine morphed into an actual journal I wrote in daily (in the mornings :-) for 5 or 6 years and I was very glad of that as I'd never in my life been able to do a journal before. But when the pages got to being extremely useful (lots and lots of creative ideas and very helpful in my psychotherapy) I switched to journaling so I could date and keep track of ideas and dreams, etc.

Starting tomorrow I'm going to go back to doing the MP's again as I've been away from journaling for three years now, allowing computers, blogging and other writing projects to crowd them out (I'm a writer) and am consequently stuck in several areas of my life I think they might help with.

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Jodi, My hands cramped up the first couple of days too! I think that there is a reason for the long hand. Something about the hand mind or body-mind connection to creativity probably. Keep it up. I have found the MP (and EP in my case frequently) very freeing and very relaxing--anxiety levels are way down in spite of my frantic work life!

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I know from the book that you are supposed to write the morning pages longhand, no typing allowed. Jodi, I've found that if you get those big fat cushiony pen grips they help a lot. I'm on the fibro boat with you.

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Hi ya Jodi
Do you have to write it long hand? If it's too painful I mean, maybe you can type out your pages or somethin.
Good for you for reading the chapter and all.
I did start up the MP and EP again but I have yet to start reading the book again. *sigh*
I need to get my rear in gear!

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I just read week 1, and I can't get over how the "shadow artist" is so me! I am really interested in seeing what comes next.
I am doing my morning pages okay. My main problem is that I haven't been used to writing longhand for a long time, and my hand cramps up, but then that is probably the fibromyalgia talking.
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I hear ya Leslie. I keep putting it off for some reason and I haven't been real with myself at all. I have the book. I know I -should- be reading it. I haven't even picked it up since I moved it from a drawer where I shove lots of stuff to do stuff;to by my bed.
Instead though I started reading The Book Theif at night until I can no longer keep my eyes open. Before that I read Breaking Dawn. I guess it's always easier to escape into another world that's so much more interesting and intriguing then my own. Why work on boring 'ol me? That's no fun..


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I need to get back to the writing too. I've been good at doing the Artist Dates, but ever since I got so excited about the fact that I actually wrote 3 pages, the writing has been minimal again, or non-existent.
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I'm thinkin I need to re-start.

I'm happy this is working for you Carol and Equus. Good luck to all. Here I go again!

Take good care
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EXACTLY I hadn't thought of the onion metaphor but that is PERFECT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon

I actually wrote my morning pages at Grease Monkey on Saturday while they were changing oil etc on my truck. And I found a couple of very interesting layers this weekend.

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The more I write, the more I peel the skin off the onion of my being. In the beginning I was berating myself for being boring or having nothing to write. Now I am addicted and write morning and evening never knowing what I will turn up. Some interesting revelations! Just keep at it and you will get it. Dropping punctuation and spelling and capitalization was totally freeing.

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I envy you Equus. I am still struggling with mine. It takes a lot of effort for me to get three pages done.

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Rebecca - seems normal to me - my mp's do the same thing. It seems once I get past the WTH to write it starts flowing and I just let my ink pen go almost like automatic writing.

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My morning pages have started to go in a different direction, and I don't know if it's good or bad. Before, my writing was really jumbled, with lines and lines of "I don't know what to write." Lately they've become more like regular journal entries, except the topics jump around a lot more. I don't stop writing to contemplate things (I do space out sometimes, however), and I still have the occasional "I don't know what to write," but they're becoming much more cohesive. Is that normal?

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Working on the morning pages is work. I get up, I do it, but it is a draining effort. I am just hoping that it does help me toward that goal of getting back to work on the book. I feel like I am fumbling around and not really finding what I need.

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I got some of my pages done yesterday in the morning. Then life intervened.

But last night for the first time in a very long time - I NEEDED to write!!!!!!!

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They do seem to be stress relief. I still don't like getting up early, but they make me feel better later.

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Right now, I find the morning pages somewhat therapeutic. I tend to get assaulted by cranky/guilty thoughts when I wake up, and they're going safely on the paper instead of rattling around in my head.

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Working on getting MP's done everyday - they are sometimes morning papers - sometimes lunch papers - sometimes evening papers. Hard to find consistant time

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Today was the first day that I took the morning pages as more of a meditation and was more focused. A good online friend just lost her husband in a car accident, and it hit me really hard so I had a lot to sort out. There was a lot less "I don't know what to write" filler than usual.

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It sounds like you are getting creative with your morning pages. Me, I'm, still struggling to get up early and do them. It is a major accomplishment to get them done every day.

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I'm doing pages morning and evening now. Sleeping so much better and feeling good. Over the weekend, I packed my journal in my duffle bag. The weather was horrendous and you guessed it, our bags were outside on the ground covered with a plastic tarp. The notebook got wet on the bottom so now I have been covering both sides of 3 pages--only half on each side. Big wet spot--still wet today in spite of drying attempts all weekend. Sort of a big quater moon wet spot that can't be written on yet. I like the craziness of writing around it! LOL. CMY (Carol)

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I got through the morning pages today. I am still not sure about getting up early to do these. Some of you are talking about doing them at other times of the day, but would the benefit be the same? It seems that if the idea of doing them is to clear away all the junk crowding creative thought that morning is the time they need to be done. Then again, if they were the last thing you did before going to sleep it might work. I could see using them to clear the mind before going to sleep and inspire creative dreams.

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Hi Pam,
I think I need to give myself more premission to write the pages at whatever time of day is comfortable for me, instead of agonizing over doing it in the morning!
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Hi all

Kyrrdis, You may join anytime according to the teamleader. So welcome!

Way to go at those pages everybody.

I do evening pages daily, rarely morning. But just adding the committment to do them daily has been a great boost to my system. Thanx.

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I just joined the list yesterday. I managed to drag myself out of bed and do morning pages this morning...I'm not sure I can make it through twelve weeks of getting up early. We'll see.

I was a unsure of exercising and losing weight when I joined Sparkpeople. That seems to be working.

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I just joined today. Can I start 'late'?

I hope the answer is yes...

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A lot, LOT has happened in my life lately! I'm anxious to get started!

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I do evening pages before bed. Actually my journal; but I write down whatever, like morning pages. Seperate from the journal-I've started writing on an idea; and I sat down yesterday morning and drew. I sketched a landscape that is to be the world where my story takes place. So would this artists rendering be considered a morning page?
I have the book though I still have not picked it up since monthes ago when it was a recommended read in one of my classes. I'm so into this other book right now I'm currently reading. I'm an avid reader.
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got the book on friday and read the first week assignments. my pages still look like a tour book instead of anything insightful, but at least i feel like i get it a little bit more. looking forward to seeing what happens.

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I'll have some whine without the h. Wine please, any kind. Ok I am just being silly. I am wondering how this all works, I have been writing 3 pages each day. Not sure what I am doing but just writing away.
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This is a down loadable pdf of the tools for doing this if you want it.


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www.theartistsway.com/?section=1

And this is a link to the official Julia Cameron site for The Artist's Way.

Thought this might be helpful to those of you who might not be able to get the book right now or check it out from a library.

Edited by: SUSANLYNN50 at: 8/9/2008 (16:30)
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Hi everyone,

Just got my books on Friday. I actually did my three pages without too much of a problem. I am reading the book and I also got the journal. The book is amazing. It really has changed my point of view in regard to how the world channels us. I am trying to open up more not only to my own thoughts but the thoughts of others. I felt such a peace after doing the exercise.

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Acalavadhu,
Our fearless leader is gone for the weekend, so we are on our honor right now to do morning pages. Some doing better than others. I fall into the not so good group at the moment. Glad to have you here.
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I think I'll have to start tomorrow, lol.
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This is the first day that I made it through all three of my morning pages. It did get easier at about 2 1/2 pages. Can't wait for whatever comes next.

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(Note, please, that this post is currently a work in progress.)

Welcome to the first day of the rest of your life.

Yeah, I know....Welcome to Cliche Island, Have a Nice Day. But have you ever stopped and really THOUGHT about that trite little phrase? Yesterday's gone. Today's here. And the rest of your life - DECADES of it! - are right in front of you. You can plan some of it, wing it most of the way, but one way or another this is Day 1 of whatever's left.

So we've got a known (and finished) past behind us, and a hoped-for (but unknown) future. And the two are completely different, right?

Um...no. Unfortunately, many of us can't quite leave that "past" IN the past. In many way that's a great thing: you are, after all, the sum total of your experiences. The past MADE you, after all. But who says you can't change.

The Morning Pages tie past, present and future together. They work for you in the NOW, dig up and (so to speak) vomit out the parts of Past that hurt, and give you a clearer slate where you can write your Future with a much calmer mind.

That's a lot to claim about 3 daily handwritten pages. But it's not my job to convince you; I just show you the tools. You'll find the treasures yourselves.

OK! Now, where do we go from here? Two things: What to do, and Why you do it.

The "what" is easy: get yourself a notebook, or some looseleaf paper (I prefer the book). Every day - once again: EVERY DAY - you will write 3 pages. The ideal time is right at the start of your day, but if Life interferes, do the best you can. If you have to get the kids off first thing in the morning, then get writing as soon as they're out the door. Make yourself a cup-of, sit down, and start.

The rules are few...but they ARE important.

The writing:
- must be in longhand. I don't care if you can't read your own signature: the answer to typing is NO.

- 3 pages. Not 2, not 1, not 2.5. Three pages.

- KEEP THE PEN(CIL) MOVING. This is writing that needs NO formatting, NO spelling checks, NO backtracking. If you don't know what to write, write "I don't know what to write." Or even "this is so stupid I can't believe I'm here I wish I was still in bed...." etc.

- formal structure? Forgetaboutit!

- grammar, punctuation, and spelling SO don't count! The only person reading this is YOU...and not for a few months at least.

- are you one of those people trained to Write Correctly? Then you'll have the hardest time of all. As a published author, I feel your pain....but stop grumbling and keep writing.

- DON'T STOP. You'll think of stuff you absolutely HAVE to do right away, I know. You can do it once you're done. If you can't handle that, then a SLIGHT cheat is to keep a sheet of scrap paper right by you for "later" notes. For example, when I'm at it, I'll suddenly think "ACK! I forgot to call someone about a billing error!" I want to stop and phone, but I don't. Instead, I quickly scribble "call about billing" on the scrap, and go back to writing.

Nine times out of ten the urge to do that OH SO IMPORTANT THING completely passes by the time I'm done my 3 pages. Do NOT underestimate your mind's ability to try and procrastinate.

Eventually, as you write, something will happen. Some people get the breakthrough quickly, for others it takes a few days or a couple of weeks....but something WILL happen. And it usually happens at about the 1.5 page mark. USUALLY. Don't get all obsessed about that "something"; your job is to keep the pencil moving.

THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS DOING THIS WRONG. You either do it (which is Right) or you don't do it (Wrong). "Doing" and "wrong" are not in the same sentence.

Think in terms of stream of consciousness, if that helps. Here's my own "pouring-out" writing as of right now:

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okay that's that wanted to write about getting the daily writing done okay done it wish i could get to bed damn these stupid antihistamines keep me up what's that stupid cat want now wish i never got the stupid furball if only they were all like jake oh god i miss him missing Tess really have to visit cemetery damn it that yowling tomorrow want to get up early get rest of clothes don't forget the hat oh man i hope my site's ok if they screw me up i'm going postal dog was friendly but i still want to know about the vet now i don't know what to write my brain's a blank like a cloud those towering cumulus are so cool reminds me of when B and i flew through the pass oh god how i miss Wes he loved that ride dad loved it dad's face was so great wish we were speaking now....
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You get the idea. When I actually do it in longhand I usually end up with complete sentences. Usually. But fragments are fine. In fact, sentence fragments. Yeah, those. Are great for us. You know. Them of us that knows how to write good.

On your mark...get set....SCRAWL!


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