The alarm goes off. The coffee is brewed. What to do? What to do? How about writing three pages of whatever comes to your mind? I was introduced to this process, referred to as "Morning Pages", many years ago when I read Julia Cameron's book The Artist's Way.
Essentially, the daily process of writing three pages of freeform clears out an awful lot of clutter before the day even starts! This practice, which can be really amazing and at times downright dreadful and boring, slowly begins to smooth and soften the rough edges of our mind. Calmness enters a bit more easily. So does patience. And clarity of thought begins to regularly show up throughout the day.
Morning Pages can be written in a fancy schmancy journal or they can be scribbled in a half-used, worn out spiral notebook. There is no right or wrong way to the process. Oh, and unlike other journals, Morning Pages are not meant to be read and pondered upon. We just plow ahead and write them every morning, day after day after day.
Ready to give it a try? If so, right away, write away!