Unless something unexpected happens, I feed my dog Madison 99% of the time right after we get in from her morning walk. This ended up becoming the perfect time for me to practice Morning Pages from Julia Cameron’s book The Artists Way. In short, the Morning Pages practice is writing 3 pages (more like 3 sides) each day without stopping
For 10 years I have been encouraged to try practice and always found something that would get in my way. This time I used a hack that I learned from a course called Tiny Habits where you create a new habit (practice Morning Pages) after an existing behavior (feed Madison).
As I watch Mads eat, I pull out my 2 pieces of paper and start to write. This usually takes me about 20 minutes. Some days I just write “I hate this…” 300 times. Other times it just flows. Either way, it doesn’t matter. No one is grading me.
If you have ever gone to therapy, about half of your appointment may be just venting before you are ready to move forward with addressing a problem. I have come to look at this as my ability to vent daily in a healthy way.
Coincidentally I started writing this blog is about the same time that I started this new Morning Pages habit. I find I lay out my fears and frustrations first thing in my day so that I hopefully don’t let them run amuck.
Think you will give this a try?