At 6:00am this morning, I’m wondering why my husband won’t turn off his stupid alarm. Oh wait….that’s my alarm. NO!!! I WANT TO SLEEP!!! These are my thoughts as I began the first day of this 12-week “Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity”. With the book, “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron as my guide, I begin the first assignment.
Wake up 30 minutes early to write your morning pages.
Basically, it’s a 3-page brain dump of all the thoughts swirling in your head – not to be re-read or critiqued. I honestly had no idea of how I was going to write 3 pages of thoughts since I usually keep them in my head. In full transparency, I had decided that I would write in big font but since I was still half-sleep I began to write in my normal pattern. My first words: “I am so sleepy!” (As you can see, I love my sleep.)
The exercise serves as way to clear your mind before you start the day and believe it or not, I was able to write 3 pages with no issue. For the first time ever, I wrote as if no one would ever read it. That’s huge because I gave myself permission to write freely without trying to make it perfect. The morning pages seem to have made a difference because I actually went to work with a clear mind and a more positive attitude – an attitude of peace. That was definitely different (at least for today).
This week at the end of each morning pages, I am to work on my blurts. What are blurts? They are the negative thoughts or lies that pop in our head. All of the reasons we tell ourselves not to leave our comfort zone. However, we have to work to turn our blurts into positive affirmations.
Here were my blurts for becoming a writer and speaker:
Not good enough
Won’t be taken seriously
Idiot for even thinking I can do it
Not a good writer or speaker
So many other people want to do the same thing, there’s not enough room for me
Others are better at it than me
So many negative thoughts! Sadly, I can go on and on, but usually those thoughts have been enough to stop me from going any farther. On the contrary, today is a new day. I will not be held hostage by the lies I tell myself and neither should you!
This week’s affirmation statement
I, Tonya Madison, am a brilliant and prolific writer and speaker who will travel the world positively impacting those she encounters.
What are the lies you tell yourself? What is your affirmation statement for this week? Post your comments!
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