Dream BIG, start small.
Grab a new notebook, simple spiral bound single subject notebooks are my go-to dream journals - and I love the back to school time when they are 10 for a dollar! - Now start freewriting. Simply scribble out your thoughts on three full notebook pages. It may seem impossible, but you'd be surprised how energizing this daily practice can be. Somedays I repeat the same thoughts and that's okay, in fact, repeating them on the page is better than letting them play on a continuous loop in your brain all day!
Write out your complaints, and goals, and daily thoughts, and things you want to try someday....
No one EVER has to see this notebook. It is your brain, the messy part of your thought life. But, while messy, it does hold insight and can lead down some interesting paths.
Morning Page Rules according to Julia Cameron are as follows:
‘three pages of longhand writing, strictly stream-of-consciousness’.
- Write every day
- Write by hand
- Write first thing in the morning, before doing anything else
- Write three pages
- Write whatever comes to mind, without stopping, until you reach three pages (even if that means writing ‘I don’t know what to say’ for three pages)
- Write whether you feel like it or not
- Do not reread the morning pages
That’s a lot of rules, and it is not quite journaling, but Cameron assures us and I can honestly attest that this practice will lead to great insights, unblocked creativity, inspiration and a better relationship with ourselves.
Go ahead, try it, you might like it. Get all the whiny, petty nonsense out of our brains and onto the page, so you can be FREE to focus on other things.