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Slow mornings with my thoughts.

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Two months ago, I shared with you my morning routine. In a nutshell, I used to begin my day in a rush because I loved sleeping in whenever I could, even on work days. I would sleep until the last possible minute, do everything hurriedly (washing up, eating breakfast, etc) and then dash out of the door. My day would inadvertently begin with a jolt and I would carry that atmosphere into work. Not the best way to begin each morning, I reckon.

Since living in Portugal, I realised the importance of slowing down. I don’t mean being unproductive at work. In fact, slowing down when you need to often makes you far more productive when necessary. Despite the morning routine that I put in place for the year, I found myself still in a rush to move from one item to the next. It’s almost as if I was checking off a list of to-do items in rapid succession.

I came to the conclusion that I was not allowing myself to be in the moment or giving myself time to breathe. As a Singaporean and also one who has worked in stressful environments full of deadlines, unnecessary rushing probably something I have to unlearn.

I stumbled upon the concept of Morning Pages quite by accident. It is one of the tools from the book The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron that is supposed to help with creativity. Essentially, each morning, you write 3 pages longhand of anything that comes to your mind until you feel you are done. A word vomit on paper, if you will. Some of the things that Julia writes about seem a little unusual from a Christian’s perspective and to some people, it might be a bunch of hippie mumbo-jumbo. But that doesn’t negate the fact that Morning Pages is probably one of the best ways I have found to clear my head.

My mind is usually cluttered with a whole bunch of things I need to do, ideas I have or just random thoughts on various situations. I found myself frequently in a state of restlessness because I didn’t have an outlet for such thoughts. As a result, I would end up being frustrated, frazzled and even overwhelmed at times.

Although I journal every morning (thoughts on bible study) and in the evening (how the day went), I decided to try Morning Pages on a whim. To my surprise, I found that by putting all my thoughts on paper, whether they made sense or not, I had a much clearer head, ended up being less forgetful and increased my productivity.

At the moment, I don’t do this every single day. I would, however, like to make this a daily routine. If you feel the same way that I do, slow down and take the time to be with yourself and your thoughts. Give Morning Pages a go. It might be something that you could potentially benefit from.

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