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The artists way journalling
As a part of my journey back to creative expression I have been taking on the practices found in 'The Artists Way', a spiritual practice which enhances your creativity and connectivity to life. Check out my blog on the Artists Way if you also would like to purchase the book and participate in the modules in your own time.
See below the morning pages are as follows:
The bedrock tool of a creative recovery is a daily practice called Morning Pages.
Morning Pages are three pages of longhand, stream of consciousness writing, done first thing in the morning. *There is no wrong way to do Morning Pages*– they are not high art. They are not even “writing.” They are about anything and everything that crosses your mind– and they are for your eyes only. Morning Pages provoke, clarify, comfort, cajole, prioritize and synchronize the day at hand. Do not over-think Morning Pages: just put three pages of anything on the page...and then do three more pages tomorrow.
This morning in my morning pages I spoke a little about having flaws. It was a part of my morning ritual where I had to face some things outside of my control and write about them. I labelled this as 'perfectly imperfect' and went on to do a drawing from it in my journal which will eventually be added into my colouring books.
In any case this really is representational of the huge standards we set for ourselves and how completely unattainable these are, and how much stress they bring into our everyday life.
Grief while running a business this year has taught me that:
a. You CANNOT SLOW DOWN when running a business
b. We are a society built to believe we should be super human instead of understanding the value of flaws
c. Mass production has absolutely ruined our expectations of people to the point that everyone runs around with huge, unattainable goals.
I am a perfectionist by nature. I hate letting people down, I hate getting things wrong and I work that into my practice of art. That's why having a session of creative journalling or creative expressive painting really helps me. It is the only place I can go whereby I don't have to be perfect.
But even this stresses me out as I struggle so much with allowing myself to be imperfect. What a way to live though right, maybe we need to give ourselves all a chance to actually just breathe and allow ourselves to make mistakes, and not feel as though it is the end of the world.
From my tik tok below is the video I created in my morning pages labelled perfectly imperfect. This is a really good exercise for anyone today who might want to do some journalling. Jump into your journal and find the sticking point for you of the day then write it down and just doodle around it until you have drifted off into another space. Its a really good way of unconsciously processing.