Story Of The Day: I Tried Journaling 3 Pages A Day For 30 Days
During my depression, I didn’t know what to do with myself. Until a friend of mine gave me a book saying that I should journal three pages a day. Every single day. And that’s what I did…
At the end of 2019, I had a pretty tough breakup and ended up depressed. At the same time, I was going through a spiritual awakening journey. The breakup triggered the most daunting part of the spiritual awakening — the dark night of the soul.
According to Eckhart Tolle, the dark night of the soul is a “term used to describe what one could call a collapse of a perceived meaning in life. An eruption into your life of a deep sense of meaninglessness.”
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That’s exactly how I felt.
My world was black and white with a melancholic cello playing in the background. I was meditating every day — which by night, it was the only thing I could do besides eating and sleeping. Meditation saved me from something worse.
I know I wanted to be that fun and the extroverted person I used to be. My soul was screaming for that, but my mind just wanted to stay in its cave hidden from the rest of the world until a friend of mine gave me a book called “The Artist Way,” authored by Julian Cameron.
The Artist Way is a timeless book, debuted 25 years ago. It’s a 12-week guide to self-discovery and recovering your creative self. But it’s just more than a simple book. As Julia says on the book’s cover: it’s a spiritual path to higher creativity. And I’ll explain that in a minute.
The 12-week course is packed with weekly exercises, but its premise is the “Morning Pages.” In a nutshell, the morning pages consist of journaling 3 pages in the early hours, every day. Yeah, you read it right, every damn day.
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The goal is to unlock the creative juices and allow them to flow again. In the beginning, I thought it was a silly idea. “I don’t need to ‘unlock’ my creativity; I need to get the hell out of this black hole I’m in.”
However, this is a guide to self-discovery and journaling has so many benefits. Because I didn’t know how to handle my emotions, I decided to give it a try after reading a bit about the book on the internet. And Julia was right. This is a spiritual path guide.
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I didn’t want to search for therapy; I wanted to learn how to heal myself and my own wounds. Nothing against therapy, in fact, I strongly recommend it if it’s something that resonates with you.
But I found my therapy in writing — and there’s no coincidence that now I’m a write.
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Writing 3 pages a day, right after waking up, helped me understand the nature of my thoughts, get in tune with my emotions, and 3 months after starting journaling every day, I was back to myself again.