Cheryl Richardson in her book Life Makeovers: 52 Practical and Inspiring Ways to Improve Your life One Week at a Time says that now is the perfect time to start writing morning pages. She suggests choosing a thirty day period and committing to writing three pages every morning by hand. Hold this time as sacred and see it as an opportunity to connect with your inner wisdom, your Wise Self. Don’t worry about what to say, punctuation, spelling, being brilliant or whether or not you can fill the page. Find a safe place to keep your journal where no one will find it and simply write. When you feel as though you have nothing to say, just keep your hand moving anyway, you might be surprised at what shows up.
Julia Cameron in her book The Artists Way: A Course in Discovering and Recovering your Creative Self welcomes you to the morning pages that she believes will change you. She suggests that every morning set your clock one-half hour early, get up and write three pages of long hand, stream of consciousness morning writing. Do not reread these pages or allow anyone else to read them. Ideally stick these pages in a large manila envelope and hide them somewhere.
Sarah Ban Breathnach in her book Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy suggest you try writing a Daily Dialogue as an experiment for twenty one days. That’s the length of time psychologists say we need to perform a new behaviour before it becomes habitual. She feels neither time of day nor amount you write seems to matter as much as the repetition. Believing stressed souls need the reassuring rhythm of self-nurturing rituals. When you start writing the daily dialogue, you will probably be shocked at how much complaining you do at the beginning, that’s okay, actually that’s a very healthy reaction. You cant moan about a situation for months and not decide to do something about it, you’ll get tired of the sound of your own nagging and be inspired to get moving. Don’t use a fancy, pretty journal for your daily dialogue, its too intimidating, because you’ll want it to be perfect and profound and that’s not the point. Use a spiral notebook or loose leaf pages. Just jot down whatever’s on the horizon of your brain disguised as a dull headache. Writing a daily dialogue is a sure way of revising your world as you search for your authenticity.
I always feel that when more than one Wise Woman has a very similar suggestion for improving your life there must be something in it. As it is not really do-able to follow all three of the above wise women’s advice to the letter, I suggest that you do what I have done and take the pieces that work best for you and make them your own. Let me know how you get on.