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As we navigate what is considered a "new normal", our ability to move forward with our creative practice is imperative for our well-being. In addition ito other daily activities, a morning pages or journaling practice is one way to stay centered and connect to our creative muse.
The phrase "morning pages" was made popular by Julia Cameron, the best-selling author of the book The Artist's Way in the early 90s. Morning pages are a stream-of-consciousness longhand journaling which is done first thing every morning on a daily basis. The idea is use the writing to as a mind "dump" of any thoughts that come out of your head as a way to start your day on a clean slate. Julia Cameron, created this approach to journaling as a way for people to spark their creativity and move past their creative blocks.
"Writing in a journal is an act of self-expression that is done periodically to record feelings and inspire ideas. Morning pages serve a deeper purpose. This type of journaling is a cathartic, ritualistic writing process that clears your mind, builds confidence, and creates a path for greater creativity."-Masterclass.com
Whether you choose to write the morning pages or some kind of daily journaling practice, there are four benefits for maintaining this kind of ritual:.
1. A daily writing practice helps you to clear your mind.
2. sA daily writing practice helps you to process emotion.
3. A daily writing practice can help you spark your creativity.
4. A daily writing practice can help silence your inner critic.
Want to start a daily morning pages or journaling practice but not sure how to start?
Or do you have a daily practice but not sure how it can unleash your creativity?
The Power of a creative community
During these uncertain times, we need to thilnk through strategies to not only encourage and support our creative practice but also for mental and emotional support. A creative community can be the answer for both.
I define a creative community as more than just a creative membership organization, (which it can be), but a group of artists, writers, or other creative people who may meet on a regular basis to exchange ideas, provide critique of work (if appropriate), share new work or ideas, socialize, celebrate wins and well create a sense of community. It may be organic as a group of friends or a writing pod or more formal like a membership organization. They may meet in person or online. They may be as many as three people or as large as hundreds or thousands. They may be formed around a specific creative practice or may include people with multiple passions and interests. They may be formal or informal, but they serve as resource and support to members and their creativityi.
With life being more intense than ever, a creative community has many advantages to creative people...here's a few:
Are you a member of a creative community? If not, have you considered forming one?