A few years ago I did a self-conducted course of The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron. One of the main practices of The Artist's Way is do your morning pages. The morning pages are three pages of stream of consciousness writing. The morning pages are a tool for unblocking your creativity and addressing the things that are on your mind. As I was praying for answers and guidance on how to get back on track I began writing my morning pages again. I sometimes write mine in first person, but sometimes I write them as if God is talking to me. There is no wrong way to do the morning pages.
Shortly after that, as synchronicity would have it, we were in Abilities Unlimited where I was checking out the books. There on the shelf was a book called The Writing Diet by Julia Cameron. It is about writing yourself thin. The premise of the book is that overeating blocks our creativity, but we can use creativity to block our overeating (or wrong-eating). I only want to take a few things from this book, because the diet suggestions are atrocious.
The first tool is the morning pages. Every morning write three full pages.
The second tool is the journal. Your journal goes with you everywhere you go and throughout the day you write. You write every time you eat and every time you want to eat. Get it down on the page. Talk to it like your best friend.
The third tool is walking. You get out every day without excuse and walk for at least twenty minutes. If for some reason you don't think you are able to walk twenty minutes at first, then walk as much as you can. It is a vital part of the writing diet.
|Headed out to walk 3 miles on a cold winter morning. I knitted this cap myself using the one and only knitting stitch I know...the garter stitch.|
|Fruit lunch is all the fruit you care to eat. I put freshly grated coconut on the papaya and the avocado.|
Lunch time reading - Connecting to Love by my friend Denise M. Wilbanks. I met Denise at one of Dr. Fielder's events in Houston.