Space to Grow

I’m reading The Artist’s Way for a second time. This year my Kindle died, but instead of replacing the device, I’m replacing digital books with real ones. Julia Cameron was first on the list for replacement, and I found a whole stack of her books at a second hand sale. 🥳

The Morning pages and I have a longtime love/hate relationship. I still can’t write all three pages every morning, but one solid page is better than none. Maybe it’s something you have to build up to, like each stroke across the page is strengthening the muscle needed to go onto page 2 and then 3. I had to smile at Julia’s description of her Morning Pages in The Artist’s Way.

“In order to retrieve your creativity, you need to find it. I ask you to do this by an apparently pointless process I call the Morning Pages,” says Julia. That’s one of the things I fancy most about these spaces I’ve shared with you this week. Only one has a valid reason, and that’s only temporary. The other two are pointless, and have no solid reason behind them, but when you have no particular reason you stand before the door of possibilities.

This morning my corner wasn’t comfortable to write the Morning Pages, so I moved to the kitchen table. The first sentence said, “I don’t have much to say today,” but before long I was filling in the last line of the page. What Julia describes as an apparently pointless process, is where the magic in this simple practice is revealed.

At this stage of my life there is not a lot of reasoning behind the majority of what takes place. It’s not so much the actual space as it is allowing time within that space to grow.

8 Comments

  1. This is something I want to file away and start during the summer. During school when I teach and have to get two others to their schools in the morning, I have yet to find a way to make mornings unrushed. I get up as early as can, as I’m not a morning person and relish my sleep. But it sounds like a great habit to get into when you aren’t rushed. Xx

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    1. I didn’t used to be a morning person either lovely, but it became more and more important for me to have some time before the house woke up. Many years later, I relish that time and wouldn’t give it up for anything. It also makes me a better person to be around, after everyone else wakes up, because I fed myself. Morning pages are a sweet practice and I believe they help make me a better writer. ❤

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  2. 🙂 I have opted for the old-fashioned type of books; which are those that I can actually smell and turn the pages of.

    You were quite fortunate to come across a stack of Julia Cameron’s books.

    Do enjoy the rest of your day!

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