Monday Morning Pages – Using Diary Techniques

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  Writing a journal or diary has a long history.  It's taken many forms throughout the years, and diarists have developed tools that help get at the heart of the self. Two of my favorites are cathartic writing and listing. In cathartic writing, we write about something that evokes strong emotions - a memory or an event that happened to us.  If we've experience...
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Monday Morning Pages – Gym Challenges

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It's getting up on that time of year when people set resolutions.  It's all over the place - what resolutions do you want to set, what goals do you have, all that stuff.  That's not the kind of challenge that I'm talking about. Set a Gym Challenge I recently participated in a challenge at my gym.  The objective was simple:  show up, every day, for twenty-five days in a ro...
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Monday Morning Pages

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It’s Day Two of NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month. Those of us who are participating feverishly scribble or tippet-tap all day, in between our other tasks: at lunch, on breaks, while the kids are asleep, anywhere we can. That’s how NaNo works: accumulate words. Like Julia Cameron says, “Accumulate pages, not judgments.” Why Morning Pages? The Artist’s Way teaches us...
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Monday Morning Pages

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Morning Pages.  Three pages of longhand writing in the morning.  Not meant to be written, in the sense that they're a exercise in getting the brain onto the page and giving voice to what the Chinese call monkey mind - that bouncing, scattershot squirrel of thoughts that natters on throughout the day behind the scenes.I've been doing Morning Pages since 1995 and t...
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