This past week I have been focusing on the art of self-care. It came to my attention through my studies to become a holistic health coach and I am very grateful for it.
I had no idea how badly I needed to make self-care a daily practice. I was giving a lot of energy to projects, my j.o.b., travel, studying and other people and it took me a while to notice that my energy was waning.
Through my curriculum I learned about a wonderful lady named Julia Cameron, author of the book The Artist’s Way. This book was recommended to me by a friend within the last couple of years, and I purchased the book but still have yet to read it!
Luckily, I watched a lecture given by Cameron in which she describes the practice of writing what she calls Morning Pages. This is the gift of writing freehand first thing in the morning and filling 3 pages with thoughts, feelings, dreams and anything else that is on one’s mind.
I have only been doing this for about a week, and I am amazed at the difference it has made in my life. I am calmer and more grounded and able to live outside of my own head and be more present with my loved ones. I feel less needy of other people’s attention because I have given myself the loving attention of honestly sharing my thoughts and feelings on a daily basis.
There really is something magical about validating yourself through writing. Not only is it an actively healing and cathartic experience, it allows the exercising of creativity, something that I now remember is incredibly important.
I’m so grateful to Julia Cameron and the Morning Pages activity that has helped me to nourish myself emotionally and mentally and to inspire me to get back in touch with my creative side.
You can learning more about Morning Pages and Julia Cameron’s beautiful gifts here.