For the past few years, I have been writing morning pages every day, or morning. In fact, it has been more than a few years if I take into account the various digital and non-morning times. However, I think I am coming to the end of writing them, at least for a season.
The main reason is I think they are taking more than they are giving. It might be that I am just doing them wrong, but I have stopped pouring out what is in my head, and that is the reason for doing them. For the past few months, I have found myself thinking before and as I write. The morning pages have become morning thoughts and not a straight brain dump.
The more I think about what I write on the pages the less I get out of them. Yes I know, I am not supposed to think, that’s the whole point of the pages. Anyway, I can’t seem to work or write my way out of this situation. Hence, I am calling time.
I said they were taking more than giving, I have a feeling they are taking creative energy from other writing. And that really can’t be tolerated. I don’t want my blogging, fiction and songwriting to play second fiddle to a daily ritual that I am not even doing correctly.
It is only the morning pages I am stopping, I will still be doing all my other journal writing and planning. I will focus more on daily reviews in my Moleskine diary until the end of the year, it is better to review what I have, or haven’t achieved than record what I would like to do each day and then forget. Remember I still have my Bullet Journal for goals and actions.
I want my rituals to be more intentional. This is something I am working on as my New Moon intention for this lunar cycle. The morning pages/thoughts ritual is coming to an end. I believe this will allow space and creative energy for other writing rituals. I hope to have them in place by the Full Moon.
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