EP125 Morning Pages, Free Writing & the Art of the Brain Dump
In this episode, I share about my morning ritual called, “Morning Pages”, and how this exercise in free writing is the best brain dump activity I’ve found to clear my mind.
KC: Welcome to the Business of Life podcast. My name is Keith Callahan. I said that kind of weird this morning. My name is Keith Callahan. Keith here and yeah, excited to be sharing. Excited. Man, this podcast has just been awesome. I’m excited. I guess that’s it.
Yes. So today, I wanted to talk to you about something that I’ve started implementing in the mornings that has been awesome. So I am a huge, huge advocate of having a morning practice. And what I mean by a morning practice is I’ve done different things from little bit of yoga. I really do not enjoy doing that in the morning. Also, I haven’t been doing that meditation, prayer, writing, reading, journaling.
A morning practice if you talk to anyone who has been successful in a creative realm for a long period of time, they have a morning practice. Anyone who that has been successful in their really in their calling for a long, long period of time, they have a morning practice. They have a good way to start the morning.
And the morning practice that I’ve always focused on and I didn’t realize it’s what I focused on, but it is something that I focused on. Ultimately, the goal for my morning practice has always been to slow down my busy mind. Like I wake up and that mind is already going a thousand miles an hour and it’s here, it’s there, it’s boom, boom, boom, popping all around. And I’ve always had this morning practice to get myself focused and slow down that mind.
The thing that I want to share with you is something that has been working extremely well for me. I have a crazy busy mind, and it’s something called the Morning Pages. I learn this in a book called The Artist’s Way. I forgot the author’s name. But the book is called The Artist’s Way. Usually, I’m good at remembering these titles or the names. But for some reason, I’m just starting this book so maybe that’s why I don’t have the name on the top of my mind.
But Morning Pages, it’s real simple. You write three pages just whatever comes to mind and it’s not about writing – it’s not about punctuation. It’s not about what’s in your mind. All right. It is about what’s in your mind. It’s not about anything but just taking what’s in your mind and putting it on paper. Taking the ugly, taking the nasty, taking the anger, taking the fear, taking the excitement, taking the joy, like whatever it is.
And it may look something like this. I’ll just go through like what pops into my mind. So it will be like I’m writing my Morning Pages.
“I feel good. I’m kind of relaxed this morning. I don’t really feel that anxious. I wonder why that is. How come some morning I feel anxious and some mornings I don’t? Am I really recording this on a podcast right now? This is weird. I’m recording my thoughts.”
So it goes like that. And you just write. Like you write whatever comes out.
There are so many different things that you can do with this. Here is the piece that I love about it. I like to meditate and I really enjoy meditating. But when my mind is really busy, when my mind is really active, sometimes I can sit down to meditate and I’m in a less peaceful place than I was when I started especially during those times when I just free write. Somehow, it allows the mind to slow down. It’s just that free writing slows down the mind and it gets me in touch with that other side of myself, that God side, that creative side, that love side, that compassion side. So yeah, so it sort of gets you out of your own stuff.
Anyways, give it a shot, morning Pages, and like don’t think too much about it. There really isn’t a ton of thought that goes into it. It’s literally – it’s almost like a brain dump or a brain drain. You just write. Just write. There’s nothing more to it. There’s nothing you do with the writing. There’s nothing at all. It’s just writing to get that all out and then yeah, things are quieter.
All right. Have a beautiful, beautiful day. See you on the next episode. Peace!
KC: Hey, Keith here, and today I have a free gift for you. Listen this free gift is a list of the 12 most influential books that I’ve ever read. These are the books that have helped me to create the mindset, learn the philosophies, learn the skills to really create this big, beautiful, life that we’re living now.
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