August 28, 2020

Morning Pages?

 



Hello friends and family.....So there's this fad called "morning pages". It's supposed to be some kind of way to empty your mind of all the jumbled thoughts. How it works is, each morning you sit down before you begin your day and write three pages of random thoughts. 

Whatever pops into your pretty little head. There's no rhyme or reason, it's not supposed to be a story or a thought out sentence, it could even be just one word. Let me give you an example : I'm tired. It's hot. I have to run errands today. Thinking of my dog. So see, no rhyme or reason just words on a page. 

The supposed goal of this is to empty your thoughts and it's 'supposed' to make you more creative, clean up the mind clutter so you can think better etc. Well for me, this is hmm, let's just say, maybe I'm just too old to get it. I have never 'lived in my head' for long my entire life. Personally I think that's what is wrong with a lot of the younger generation. 

I tried to do it and I did it two days and they weren't in a row and the third time I tried it my brain said, "are you kidding me? who has time for this silliness.". Now please accept my apology if you do this and it works for you but my own personal opinion is I think it's just silly.

The one thing I have done in the past which has helped me actually sleep better is called a "brain dump". So many of us go to bed at night exhausted from the days activities and chores but yet when our heads hit the pillow the brain starts racing and we can't sleep.

With a brain dump you get yourself a notebook or any piece of paper and write down every single thing you're thinking at the moment. At first I thought it would just be another 'ridiculous millennial thing' but this one, actually works. It can also be exhausting writing down all the thoughts that are swirling around our heads but you'd be surprised what putting them on paper can do for you.

So what is the difference between "morning pages" and a "brain dump"? Morning pages has no rhyme or reason, no structure whereas a 'brain dump' is just that. We don't think in one word answers, we don't think without sentence structure and a brain dump is I guess like a diary and it helps. 

How about you? Do you do either of these? Have you ever tried it? Would you try it? If you have or do, what do you think of it?

 

8 comments:

  1. Dear Robyn, This morning I decided to go to my Blogger page and saw that I had lots of comments that haven't come through my email-you had many you had so sweetly left. I am so sorry that I didn't see them and will now go back and read each one. I don't like the new interface that Blogger has!
    So you asked about our trailer....please feel free to email me with any questions/comments that I've missed(werhis3@gmail.com). We always loved camping, but as seniors it just got too hard so we got our trailer. Hope you have a wonderful Friday and weekend.
    Noreen

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    1. Hi Noreen,
      Oh don't worry about it . I completely understand.. I miss some comments as well because of how blogger does this too. I wish they would let us know when they are making changes but they never do.. I hope you have a really good weekend!! XO

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  2. I have to admit when I first started reading your post about morning pages and doing that I thought to myself "how dumb" LOL. I'm like you, I have never lived up in my head too much either. Up through my 20's I always had trouble turning my head off for awhile before sleeping, but somewhere along the way I figured out a method that worked for me to fall asleep quickly. I'd think of a "scene" - could be anything, like picture myself in a room and looking over it in detail, but always the same scene and in same order. After a few nights I found my self drifting off to sleep earlier and earlier in the "scene".

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    1. LOL! Oh my gosh I had to laugh at your "how dumb" because that's the EXACT same thing I said when I first learned of it.....LOL...I really like what you do at night.. it does sound very peaceful and a good way to fall asleep. I think I'm going to give that a try tonight!!

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  3. I have to say, I've honestly never heard or done either one. I used to journal, but, I got to busy for that. By the time I go to bed at night, my brain and body are so tired that "dumping" would seem like just one more chore. Lol. Hugs!

    ~Deb

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  4. I have actually thought about starting a daily journal to write in each night but then I never do. I think how I wish I would have started one years ago or something, then I just say “forget it”. I use blogging as an outlet at times. I have actually sat and written a post on my feelings then erase it all. It feels good while Im writing but just do not want to bore others with my problems.
    Praying at bedtime usually helps me brain dump.
    Lisa

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  5. I don't do either of these things. The morning thing takes too much time and would slow me down. At night, I'd be too tired to take the time to do this. But, hey, if it works for you, then do it. Usually if I'm wicked tired and can't sleep I'll drink a glass of beer and then it's lights out for me. You have a super day, hugs, Edna B.

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  6. I have journaled since I was in High School (1956-1959). Actually those were "diaries"...holding all a teenage girls secrets and dreams. Then I started prayer journaling have have done that my entire life. I have many many volumes and as I can look back over them, see answered prayers, but mostly I've been able to see my own personal spiritual growth by the way I pray. I know my journals will be my legacy after I'm gone. Thanks for sharing what you do.

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