When we wake up, our minds are racing at 150 miles an hour with thoughts both positive and negative. Armed with this uncertainty we reach out for our smartphones to browse social media or check the news so that we could feel good and safe with cheap dopamine hits.
The morning starts with overthinking and a bunch of useless information, and during all this chaos, we forget to take a second to pause and reflect on how we are feeling.
So I want to ask you this,
How would it feel to start your morning slow and still?
A morning with mental clarity instead of mental clutter?
Well, this is what I have been chasing for the past 3 years.
To start my day with stillness and clarity, so that I have a better chance of winning the day rather than empty scrolling social media.
And in search of stillness, I found a practice that worked for me called “ the morning pages”.
Enter Morning Pages
History is filled with people(successful and unsuccessful ) who have maintained a diary.
And morning pages are a way for me to nibble down all my worries and anxieties to start my day with a clear head.
So, every morning, I sit with my journal and write down anything and everything that is going on in my mind. Whether it’s my frustration about the lockdown or the insecurity of my career.
And if I don’t know where to start, I will just start with the prompt, “Today I…” and let my mind wander from there.
To give you an example, here is one of my entries
The idea is that when you write your thoughts on paper,
Your thoughts have an external place to live.
Instead of worrying vaguely about something, now you have defined your thoughts, so they don’t live inside you anymore and now it is easy to work on them.
Noticing behavior patterns
When you document your thoughts, over time, you will notice certain behavior patterns.
For example, In class 10th, I used to lose my temper a lot.
What I had noticed was, whenever I was about to lose my cool, I would shake my legs.
So the next time I was triggered, I would just pay attention to my legs and try to calm them down, which would eventually calm down my anger.
It feels good to look back
It’s a good reminder of your past self and how you have evolved.
A Still Mind
When you put all your thoughts on paper, after some time you would have nothing to write, thus nothing to overthink about, and this is where you are on your path to stillness.
The place where all your creativity comes out and you can sit down for some deep work.
This is the state where I am ready to take on the day, with a clear and still mind.
I have been doing morning pages for about a year now, and I am not going to stop anytime soon.
And I hope you give this practice a try too,
Morning pages are “Spiritual windshield wipers”
If you have questions about morning pages or if you want me as your accountability partner, let me know in the comments…
Question For The Day
How can I slow down to speed up? (read that again)