I recall being in school and doodling nearly constantly on my notebooks.
Flowers and hearts and this sort of wave generation pattern were my go to doodles. No wonder I find myself doodling those same things once again.
While listening to a webinar the other day, I found myself doodling once more and the impulse was to stop as varied nuns from my youth popped into my head.
Instead, this time, I let myself go.
It’s not an easy thing to do these days. We have to have “eyes on” the subject or speaker or we will not be “paying attention.” Actually, science has found the exact opposite to be true!
In an article published this summer by the Wall Street Journal, it shared that
“Recent research in neuroscience, psychology and design shows that doodling can help people stay focused, grasp new concepts and retain information. A blank page also can serve as an extended playing field for the brain, allowing people to revise and improve on creative thoughts and ideas.”
I personally think that those benefits come from when doodling is automatic, when you are not thinking about doing it, but just doing it. That is when it becomes relaxing and meditative. Start with a simple shape and simply fill it in! Don’t be afraid to doodle the same thing over and over and over. You don’t need special paper or pens for doodling although for me, a nice thick, smooth paper or cardstock and a nice easy rolling black pen are musts for the sensory satisfaction!
Amazingly, this very doodle was formed as I solidified new ideas for both a book and coaching program that I have been working on. They aim to marry all parts of my story- creativity, therapy, disabilities education- and serve the people who I know need the support… parents of kiddos with disabilities. Don’t worry, I will still be creating and sharing. I am finding that is part of what I need to keep going. I love to do both! (More on that adventure later!)
Are you new to doodling? Check out this cool video from youtube. (Maybe one day I will make my own doodling video!) Hopefully this one will give you some inspiration to get started!
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