Posted by, Janice Stanley on April 18, 2019
Did you ever see the meme that goes, “When I was a kid I thought quicksand was going to be a much bigger problem than it is.” (If this made you laugh, you probably watched old Tarzan movies.)
Luckily we don’t have to worry about getting stuck in quicksand, at least where I live, However, getting stuck in life can be a real problem for us in this modern day and age. Maybe you have experienced it yourself. You feel stagnant and stuck in place. It almost seems like the universe is conspiring to pull you backwards. You feel your movement toward your goals and dreams start to slow and then stop. Worries and fears grab onto you like vines, stopping you from going forward, trying to pull you back – back into old habits, old patterns and old relationships you thought you had left behind.
When this happens, it doesn’t feel good and you start to doubt yourself and your dreams. Let’s face it, everybody has temporary set backs from time to time. The keyword here is “temporary” and the good news is that there is something you can do to get you out of that fugue fast and into forward motion again. I call it the Double W exercise.
The Double W exercise is a fantastically simple way to get back on track using 2 tools that almost everyone over the age of 5 can do:
WRITING & WALKING
Part 1: Write
The act of writing is a physical movement that takes you forward. Go and get a pen and a piece of paper and start writing. Continue for 3-5 minutes. Write down whatever comes to you. The trick is to keep writing. Don’t stop and think. Don’t try to compose brilliant sentences or record profound thoughts, just write. Go ahead and try it. I’ll wait…
What you’ll hopefully notice is that as you write, your fingers, hand, wrist and arm all work together to move your pen across the paper and down the page. As you write more, you fill the page and then turn it and start on the back. As you do this, you are purging of all the “junk” that’s floating around in your head and putting it down onto the paper, where it can do no harm. I do this every morning – 3 pages of long hand in a spiral bound notebook.
Julia Cameron calls these “Morning Pages”. She says, “The bedrock tool of a creative recovery is a daily practice called Morning Pages.” To read more about them click here: https://juliacameronlive.com/basic-tools/morning-pages/
What you do with your pages when you’re finished is up to you. Shred them or keep them, it doesn’t matter. The benefits of the exercise remain.
Next time you feel stuck, I hope you’ll give writing a whirl. Comment below and let us know how it works for you.
Stay tuned for Part 2 of How to Get Unstuck – WALK