Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Morning pages and Meditation

This is one of my favourite poems. It reminds me that I need to take time and slow down and that once I do, I'll see the world differently.

Some days, my head is whirling - too many things to fret about; too many ideas for books... When it's like that, I need to slow down. Actually, I need to stop, but I'm not good at stopping. Never have been. After a lot of trial and error (and a need to find something before I burned out completely) I've found that a combination of "Morning Pages" and a brief meditation does me the power of good.

Morning Pages are three pages of longhand, free-form writing, done in the morning. Well, they're meant to be. Three pages sometimes isn't enough and sometimes takes half the day, so I do 15 minutes instead. It helps me focus on what really is bothering me and get that out of my head first. I also don't always do them in the morning! And if I'm really feeling busy-brained the best thing that works for me is exercise - usually a run. But once I've done my pages (or been for a run), my head is then clear enough to do some meditation. Again, I do 15 minutes (at most) and sometimes it's guided mindfulness but often it's not.

I know - you're supposed to meditate to calm your busy brain, but it just doesn't work for me. I have to clear my brain and then meditate or be mindful, otherwise, my brain just will not stop being busy.

Once I've cleared my head and slowed down (and maybe even stopped...), then I'm a lot more creative. I obviously need to let my brain empty itself of all the stresses and niggles and see what's shimmering in the storm.

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