I started journaling many years ago. Even though I’m a visual artist, I find writing helps me reflect on the past and plan for the future. But finding the time to write can be a challenge. So last summer I changed my morning routine and I now start each morning by going to a locally owned, neighborhood coffee shop to write or read, no electronic devices.
I feel like I’m giving myself a gift each morning; my days start a little calmer. The family owned and operated coffee shop, coincidentally named “Left Bank,” conveys a wonderful warmth and pervasive sense of community.
The writer and author Julia Cameron recommends that creative people write at least three pages each morning. Cameron calls them “morning pages.” The idea is to just write and not worry about whether it is profound or not, just get it down. Journaling, or morning pages, is for me a type of meditation. Pick up a pen, write, and just let it flow. The quite reflection helps add perspective to my creative work and my life