Is anyone else feeling the heaviness of our current events? With all the COVID-19 headlines it is challenging to not feel worry, anxiety, or fear. The reality about this event is that people are getting sick and needing to rely on our governments and societal leaders to aid in the prevention, treatment, and assistance through this global issue. There has been economic loss, social disruption, and general hardship for many people.
While this pandemic is affecting all Americans, I would like to invite you to stand in your power. Consider what you have control over. Remind yourself of that which is beyond your power, an allow it to be. I know first hand that when we care tremendously about our well-being and that of others, we try to control the universe. Inevitably, that attempt of control leads to more pain.
I want to offer you a writing tool I have recently learned from our Fit For Service Coach, Erick Godsey, called the Morning Pages. This tool was taken from the book, The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. When I started toying with the idea of putting this tool into practice, our Functional Medicine Health Coach, Carrie Brumfield, encouraged me to work with the tool and see what comes up. It has been interesting.
The Morning Pages are three pages of free hand writing written into a journal, notebook, or pad of paper. They are not to be read by you or others afterward. They are not artistic or creative. They are simply your thought stream captured; anything that is swimming around in your ocean of consciousness gets expressed when you put pen to paper. Your thoughts are not always pretty or sweet; in fact, most of us have plenty of petty or limiting thoughts. Write them down, and try to do it in the morning before you start going through the motions of your day.
This tool helps us to get more acquainted with the different areas of our psyche- the light and the dark. When we are able to put our negative thoughts on paper, they aren’t spiraling in our consciousness throughout the day. The Morning Pages are a clearing exercise to help us pass through our days without carrying the weight of some of our less serving thoughts. This can be so helpful during times of stress and anxiety.
I try to write the Morning Pages before I do any other activity that grabs my attention. I find that if I check the news, Instagram, or other social media, I have a more difficult time letting the thoughts flow from my brain. When I distract myself with those activities, I get fixated and my flow becomes less fluid and more like jello. I recommend staying away from your phone, tv, or radio until after you have written your three pages.
I believe when we are able to express the thoughts we are having, it is easier to let the emotions that come with our thoughts pass through more quickly. After we express ourselves and allow the emotions to flow, we create the space to let in more intentional thoughts and emotions. For me personally during these current events, I choose to focus on thoughts that generate gratitude. Clearing out my thoughts of worry, stress, and anxiety provides me the capacity to cultivate my emotions more intentionally.
Now, more than ever, it is important to take care of ourselves.
Be well, friends.