Why Eary Morning Pages is the New Therapy!

I know of a fabulous secret I’ll let you in on – its a sure fire way that you will never wake up in a bad mood ever again! Before you even get out of bed to start your day you have the power to set it up in a way that screams of positivity! A simple concept created by Julia Cameron in her book called the Artists Way, Early Morning Pages is a “stream of consciousness” writing exercise that helps clear the mind of chatter, decrease negative self talk and allows us to deal with emotions in a constructive way.  It is an extremely powerful tool for goal setting, getting in touch with emotions and diffusing anxiety.

 “There’s a time every morning when we are half awake, half asleep and not quite fully conscious. At those moments, we have access to our unconscious mind and our inner workings. But like dew on the morning grass, it will soon be gone without a trace. Listening to these tender morning wisps allows us to reach into our inner world, the deeper part of ourselves that helps guide us on our path of transformation”

This is a tool I recommend to most of my clients that are going through transitions or have a lot going on in their world.  I prefer this first thing in the morning to access all those subconscious thoughts – its AMAZING what you will find written on the paper! When I first implemented this I followed the instructions below and was shocked when hours later I would go back and read what I wrote. It was especially the angst ridden stuff that was on the paper that made me a believer – had I not written these thoughts down they would have been hidden deep in my thought through the day – shaping my mood!  While this isn’t meant to be the type of journal you want to read over and over again, it is interesting to see what comes up.  The simple way to get started is:

Keep a journal by your bed, set your alarm for 15 mins earlier than when you typically wake up. You will use 3 pages for this exercise:

On the first page begin by writing down any memories you may have of your dreams. At first there might be nothing or simply minor recollections, but as you do this over and over you will build the muscle. You’ll send a powerful message to your brain:  I am prepared to accept my unconscious thoughts and feelings and I accept that more and more will be revealed. You are developing a deep, direct relationship with your inner self.

Next on the second page, write 10 things you are grateful for from yesterday. Usually our minds focus on everything that’s not going well. Your mind easily forgets that you have great friends, a place to live, plenty of food to eat, access to education, a job and freedom. Take time for thanksgiving and appreciating what went well yesterday.

Finally on the third pages comes my favorite part – the stream of consciousness writing. Write for at least a page, maybe two. Write whatever crosses your mind. The good, the bad, the ugly – nothing is off limits!  Remember this is for your eyes only. Use this as a catharsis – you’re ridding your mind of the anxieties of the past day, refusing them passage onto the next. No censoring. You will be amazed at what comes out of your sweet, innocent mind.  

All the angry, ugly stuff that you write in the morning would otherwise stand in the way of you being your best you. By doing early morning pages, you get all those repressed thoughts out of your system so you can live your life and realize that you are not your mind and you are not your thoughts. You are a spiritual being in a material world, moving forward toward the life you deserve, which is the life you truly came here to live.

Watch your breath. Watch your mind. It’s like a meditation. Be still and just let it all pass from your mind onto the paper.

If there is one action I can have everyone take it is this one! So many of us carry negative thoughts around, heavy baggage that changes who we are, prevents us from being who we’re meant to be! This ohh so simple exercise proves invaluable to living a life of fullness.

Natural Beauty

Do you want to look and feel good? Well, here’s how you can do so the natural way:

 
 1. Ditch the “Toxic Offenders”
Come on, you know what’s really good for you and what’s downright awful. But did you know the no- so-good stuff will dramatically affect your appearance? It does! It goes without saying that a diet full of fruits & vegetables will add vibrancy to your skin. However, if you continue to eat the “toxic offenders,” you’ll never see full results. For the most even, toned, glowing and luminous skin (free of dry patches, uneven skin tone and puffiness), eliminate the following:
Wheat containing products, especially processed foods.
  • Alcohol
  • Sugar
  • Dairy
2. Get some sunshine, but not too much
Sunlight is HEALING! It has numerous benefits besides being a great non-supplemental source ofVitamin D. Check out the below on all the reasons you should sun yourself (in moderation of course!).
  • Improves liver function. Sunlight aids the liver in toxin removal and a body free of toxins will not suffer premature aging.
  • Balances hormones. Anyone with hormonal imbalances can attest to changes in their skin.
  • Encourages circulation and stimulates the amount of red blood cells in the body, increasing the amount of oxygen.
  • Adds a nice, healthy glow. Overly pale skin is typically associated with being ill or old.
3. Consume Enzyme Rich foods
Each one of us has a certain amount of enzymes. They are in essence the spark plugs of our body: the more we have, the better, and the less we have—not so good! The older we get, the less enzymes we have. What is open to debate is whether or not enzymes affect the aging process and how. What has been proven is that those eating an enzyme rich diet tend to delay the again process substantially. Eating foods devoid of enzymes forces our body to dip into our enzymes stores, and once the reserve is depleted, it can’t be refilled. By choosing naturally enzyme rich foods we eliminate the process and therefore delay aging. While all fruits and veggies are an excellent source of enzymes, for best results eat the following foods that are especially super high in enzymes:
  • Cultured veggies
  • Sprouts
  • Banana, papaya & pineapple
  • Avocados
4. Let the Lymph Flow
The lymphatic system is the body’s pump that clears out toxins. A clogged lymph equals a toxic body and everyone knows that a toxic body will suffer from bad skin tone, acne, rashes and premature aging! Here are some surefire ways to get the lymph flowing:
  • Dry skin brushing daily. Not only will this move the lymph but it also enhances circulation (and a great side effect of that is healthy and glowing skin) and combats dry skin.
  • Jump on a rebounder. THE exercise that stimulates and clears the lymphatic system.  Many report an extraordinary “side effect” of rebounding as TIGHTENED FACIAL SKIN!
  • Hot water and lemon. This age old remedy is making a big comeback. Drinking this daily tonic will cleanse your lymph AND stimulate digestion.
5. Go Au Natural
Clean up your skincare! Many commercial/drugstore and department store products contain chemical ingredients that may make big promises but can hardly deliver. Toxic chemicals such as petroleum & glycerin actually clog the skin.  Some products with added so-called vitamins actually use chemical vitamins. Why put fake vitamins on your skin if you don’t put them in your body? Chemicals and toxins from these products absorb into the bloodstream only adding to the body’s toxic load that we are trying to reduce! A body free of toxins doesn’t need fancy anti-aging products or concealers. Some great all natural skincare products to try are:
  • Coconut oil. The wonder oil with a zillion benefits. Use as a deep conditioner, makeup/eye makeup remover, all over moisturizer – even as a deodorant!
  • Grapeseed oil. High in antioxidants and rich in vitamins. Tones and tightens skin. Makes a great all over body oil for warm weather.
  • Baking Soda. For home and personal use. Great as a toothpaste, deodorant, hair clarifier, “shampoo” and face scrub.
6. Maintain a Positive Attitude
You may be asking, “REALLY? That’s the best you can offer?” I’ll shout a resounding YES! We all have those people in our lives that are all about doom and gloom: Negative Nellies, Debbie Downers, Sad Sam’s. Do they look young and vibrant to you? In life, sometimes stress is inevitable and wreaks havoc on our appearance. I’m sure you’ve seen someone after a loss; whether it’s a job, a relationship or a sought after dream, the stress of a significant loss is usually written all over our faces. Stress is a powerful thing. However, sometimes people just get into a rut over not-so-major events and soon their attitude just turns for the worst and they see negativity in everything. That stress and negativity will wear a person down and age them very quickly. Put everything into perspective and if you’re healthy, have friends and family that care about you and a job (whether you like it or hate it, if you have one you’re lucky!), put a smile on your face and consider yourself blessed.