Let’s Be Still

I have spent the past month working through the Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron.   One of the most important practices I have started is taking time each morning to write what she calls “Morning Pages”.  It has been transformational.  It has been a life-line.  It has been cathartic.  It has helped me be still.

Each morning I fix my coffee, grab my favorite pen, sit in a chair that faces the bay and write with no agenda, no direction, no expectation.  What I get back is a clearer vision of my own life and how I want to move forward in it.

Through “Morning Pages” I have been sorting out my relationship with technology.  How it affects me, when it creates stress, when it is helpful, when it is harmful.  I am still figuring it out, but one thing I have realized is that it has seeped into every aspect of my life, every day of the week.

There was a time in my life when I worked 5 days a week, and on the weekends unplugged.  No emails from work, no Facebook notifications, no messages from LinkedIn.  I had conversations around the dinner table and nobody checked their phones.   I listened to music while I cleaned the house, washed clothes, and cooked.  I planned weekend trips to the beach and did not post every move I made on Facebook.  Instead I sat on a blanket in the sand and watched my children play at the water’s edge.  I didn’t talk on a phone.  I didn’t even read a book, I just sat and watched.   I was busier than I am today, but I felt less stressed.

So, I have decided to quit some social technology on the weekends.  No checking my email, no posting on WordPress or Facebook.  No responding until Monday.  I am striving to keep my weekends sacred.  To quit being Pavlov’s salivating technology dog.

By unplugging from technology that can wait,  I am going to use that time to talk and spend time with my family, go on trips, listen to music, take a walk, read, stare out the window.

Julia Cameron believes in the power of synchronicity.  She writes, We all have…those dark and romantic notions that call to our deepest selves.  When we answer that call, when we commit to it, we set in motion the principal that C. G. Jung dubbed synchronicity, loosely defined as a fortuitous intermeshing of events.

Yesterday I asked my children for some ideas of new music artists I could listen to.  My daughter responded this morning and suggested a band called The Head and the Hearta band that happens to have roots right here in Seattle.  Below is the first song I listened to, called Let’s Be Still.  

It is a beautiful song.  It’s simple message is pure poetry.   If you find your world spinning a bit too fast, take a moment and find your way to just be still.  Who knows what magic you might find.

In poetry,



7 thoughts on “Let’s Be Still

  1. I feel the same way, you reminded me of when my kids were small and I never felt as rushed as I do now. I loved taking them to the beach, all the field trips everything was less rushed, when I didn’t have a computer or iPhone or ipad, but only a typewriter and my pen and journal. I wrote a couple of books, never published, on a typewriter and I was never in a hurry. I loved the YouTube
    Let’s Be Still – if I lollygag in bed too long in the morning like past 7:30 I start rushing in my mind. In my eldering lessons maybe I’ll learn it’s because I think time is running out, and if it is I should be going slow and enjoying NOW like the guy in bed in the video who just lies down and goes to sleep again.

  2. Carey – no matter our pursuit, I think we always benefit from regular practice. I haven’t yet developed a morning habit of pen to paper, and I know what my obstacles are. I need to muster my self-discipline and address those because it will make my writing more effective and satisfying. Thanks fir a powerful nudge in the right direction!

  3. Thanks Sammy for your nice words. I am always amazed how when I write in Morning Pages, the clarity of whatever I am fumbling with is usually quite clear. It is the best gift I gave myself this year and so happy for Bethany Reid as she sent out the invitation.

  4. Mary – For me it is being conscious of my choices. So much opportunity is provided to us, so many distractions. For me it is now about deciding what stays and what goes. And yes, besides “Artist’s Dates”, this also fills the well. Good luck on your Morning Pages, I truly love that part of my day, and notice if I don’t do them, I am much more distracted.

  5. Carey, I admire you doing this. I’ve cut back on FaceBook quite a lot recently, but the rest I’m no sure I could give up, just reduce how often I check. You’ve inspired me this morning–I think I shall go back to writing morning pages, something I haven’t done in years. It can be incredibly therapeutic. Thanks for the memory jog! By the way, Julia Cameron equally encourages us to “fill the well” and you do just that with your quiet, family focused weekends. Best wishes, Mary.

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