Doodle Therapy

I’ve doodled all my life. I draw hearts, flowers, cats, little cartoons, designs (I fell in love with zentangles, too), faces, Egyptian eyes, angels, fancy borders and seashells. It’s relaxing and harmless. If I have a felt pen in my hand, I automatically start making little pictures that please me.

I’ve read that people doodle for many reasons; it helps some people to think better, or it’s a stress relief, or just a way to express ideas. I do it for fun, and just because I love the thin, sharp black lines of all my “doodlage.”

Some say it’s a waste of time; I see it as a way to stretch time. Certainly no one will see my doodles in a museum, nor will I become famous because of them. They are a harmless, easy way to bleed off energy and stress.

Perhaps my little drawings say something about who I am or wish to be; perhaps they are just doodles and nothing more. But looking at where I am in my life right now, doodling is a little get-away.

Writer Sunni Brown, author of “The Doodle Revolution,” says this:

“Writers (Mark Twain, Sylvia Plath, Franz Kafka, to name a few) and inventors (Thomas Edison) were avid doodlers.

“Whenever you look at a notebook or a journal from any intellectual or hard-core creative, you see doodles,” Brown says. “There’s a reason for that.”

“Our highly visual brains see words as images, she says. Doodling, which unites different neural pathways in the brain, opens us up to greater insights, better information retention and higher levels of concentration, getting us closer to those coveted “a-ha” moments, she argues.

“Rather than being a sign of disengagement or distraction, doodling keeps our mind occupied and focused, she argues.”

I say that doodling is a little gift we give ourselves. It is a creative way to listen, too. I don’t feel right unless I have a finepoint black Sharpie in my hand. If  I’m talking with someone on the phone, I always doodle. It somehow enhances the conversation.

It is said, interestingly enough, that people who doodle are good thinkers and have good imagination. What a great excuse for doodling! Just tell any doodle nay-sayers that you are only enhancing your mind.

Works for me!

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