How to practice morning pages.

Updated: Feb 24, 2020

How can you start to incorporate morning pages, or morning journaling into your life and why should you do it.

If you prefer to learn by watching I also have a youtube video on this -

I've got to be honest. I don't think I could recommend one habit enough. Morning pages have dramatically changed the way I start my day and ultimately live my life. 

From the words of Jim Rohn....

"Either you run the day or the day runs you."

Morning pages are essentially three pages of writing completed as the first task at the start of each new day. While I am not sure where this originated from, what I do know is that there are many writers, psychologists, historians and philosophers that talk about the benefit of writing down your thoughts first thing in the morning. 

If you love to read a lot of self-help books, you will understand that many of these "new" teachings are revised versions of older "new age" thoughts. In the book "Good Strategy Bad Strategy" Richard Rumlet breaks this down well, so I thought I would share this little excerpt with you. 

Richard Rumlet says...

"This fascination with positive thinking, and it's deep connections to inspirational and spiritual thought, was invented about 150 years ago in New England as a mutation of protestant Christian individualism. In the 1800's starting with Ralph Waldo Emersons "Transcendentalism". The next stage of in the development of this idea was Mary Baker Eddy's Christian Science which held that a mind holding the correct thoughts and beliefs could draw on divine power to eliminate disease. By 1890 this steam of religious philosophy had morphed into a set of mystical beliefs in the power of thought to affect the material world beyond the self, called the "New Thought" movement. It combined religious sentiment with recommendations for worldly success. The theory was that thinking about success leads to success.

"New Thought" reached it's peak in the early 1920's when it again morphed leaving behind the local societies, faith healers and churches. By the 1930's it had transformed into a stream of motivational and positive-thinking books and speakers. In this vein are the still popular Think and grow rich (Napolean Hill 1937), The Power of Positive Thinking (Norman Vincent Peale, 1952), Success through a positive mental attitude (Clement Stone 1960), The dymanic Laws of Prosperity: Forces that bring Riches to You (Catherine Ponder, 1962), Awaken the giant within (Anthony Robbins, 1991), and The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success (Deepak Chopra, 1995). 

I am a huge lover of yoga and Buddhist philosophy. Svadhyaya is one of the eight limbs of yoga which also translates as "Self Study".