Churn and Burn ladies, churn and burn.
This is one of the best ways I know of to process uncomfortable feelings, situations or thoughts. As soon as you get up in the morning, you put pen to paper and start to write. Free form. It doesn’t even have to make sense. You write your deepest darkest thoughts, fears or problems and you write as if no one will ever see this. And they won’t. Because as soon as you’re done – you burn them. Tear them up, shred them, destroy them. This greatly frees how and what you write and it feels so damn good to get everything out. All those things that we tend to shove deep down or hide in the crevices of our hearts, minds and souls, are given space to breathe. Or to be let go. I find it very cathartic.
How Will It Benefit Me?
Writing is a powerful channel to create some space between your thoughts and actions. Early Morning Pages is an exercise created by Julia Cameron in The Artist’s Way as a process for clearing the mind and retraining it’s focus. I don’t think she advocates burning them, but I think that burning them is the best, most freeing part about this ritual. AND it’s kinda witchy-poo.
There is a time every morning when we are half awake, half asleep, and not quite fully conscious. At those times, we have access to our unconscious mind and our inner workings. But like dew on the morning grass, it will soon be gone without a trace. Listening to these tender morning wisps allows us to reach into our inner world, the deeper part of ourselves that helps guide us on our path of transformation. Julia Cameron
What I Need To Do
- Keep your pen and pages or a journal by your bed
- Reach for them first thing in the morning whilst you are still half asleep
- Begin by writing memories of any dreams
- Start your stream of consciousness writing – write at least a page, maybe two. Try not to judge what comes out, nothing is too bad, unimportant or silly to write down, let it all flow out. You’re burning it anyway, so write it all.
- When you feel that you are finished, take the pages outside and burn them. I use an old terracotta planting pot with some soil still in it and I stand there like a little witch and watch it burn. It is SO cathartic. If this is not possible, you can rip the pages up into a million pieces or cut them up or shred them, whatever feels good for you.
What Affect Will This Have On My Life
All the angry, ugly stuff that you write in the morning would otherwise stand in the way of you being your best you. By doing early morning pages, you get all those repressed thoughts out of your system so you can live your life and realise that you are not your mind and you are not your thoughts. Julia Cameron
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Have you ever tried writing early morning pages? Do you burn them? I don’t do them every morning but I find if I’m dealing with a difficult situation, it helps me get all my thoughts and feelings out. Let me know in the comments below what writing practise best serves you. It might be the perfect thing that someone else needs to read to inspire their own.
Have a warm and cozy week my friends.
Sacha Marie xx