DOODLE. What is a doodle? A doodle is a simple form of art where we mindlessly take our writing instrument; and, we create marks or scribbles on our page making patterns, designs, figures, or simple illustrations. Doodling can in fact be quite meditative and the resulting images could be left for interpretation.
Regrettably doodling has also taken on a negative meaning, where one suggests a person is wasting time in aimless or foolish activity; however, doodling in fact allows a person to engage his or her mind as he or she is listening to a lecture. It is a brain boosting activity. What many have considered a distracting, time-wasting habit may actually give a person a leg up on others who do not doodle by helping a person stay alert.
According to one source: Asked to remember names they’d heard on a recording, people who doodled while listening had better recall than those who didn’t. This suggests that a slightly distracting secondary task may actually improve concentration during the performance of dull tasks that would otherwise cause a mind to wander.
(from: A Sketchy Brain Booster: Doodling URL – http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2009/02/doodlerecall/)
What do I do when my mind needs a bit of boost? I doodle. I use my noodle and doodle. In the U.K. I learned that they moodle, which is like daydreaming, pondering and wondering all at the same time. So I use my noodle to moodle and doodle.
In the past couple of months I have made doodling a habit. Doodling has become part of my routine. I have discovered that it tames all the wild thoughts scampering around in my head. As I doodle, I breathe slowly and deeply as I maintain positive thoughts, blessings and intentions in my mind. It has become my meditative practice. I have found that this is a great way to release any pent up anxiety. Creating random marks in my art journal allows me to physically let go of any negative energy. I am not sure where the anxiety originates, but sometimes it got into my being. As I doodle, I am able to breathe easier and relax the tension that nests between my eyes or flutters around in my stomach. I found it to be as effective as going out for walks in nature, exercising and/or listening to music.
Doodling permits me to take time for myself and ease the emotions, as it lowers my heart rate and calms me. As doodling brings me to a blissful state, I have found I am able to focus more. Doodling has been an effective way for me to listen while I am on the phone or at a lecture. Doodling allows me to examine ideas in form of images as I gain clarity. Doodling benefits my well-being, brain and body.
How do each of you “jumpstart” your day or “wind down” after it?
Here is a fun activity to try for kicks, a doodle personality test. Get out a standard sheet of blank paper and a pen or pencil. Draw a pig. Do NOT read the following until you have drawn your pig and are satisfied with it.
Here is a fun activity to try for kicks, a doodle personality test. Get out a standard sheet of blank paper and a pen or pencil. Draw a pig.
Do NOT read the following until you have drawn your pig and are satisfied with it.
If the pig is drawn:
- Toward the top of the paper, you are positive and optimistic.
- Toward the middle, you are a realist.
- Toward the bottom, you are pessimistic, and have a tendency to behave negatively.
- Facing left, you believe in tradition, are friendly, and remember dates. (birthdays, etc.)
- Facing right, you are innovative and active, but don’t have a strong sense of family, nor do you remember dates.
- Facing front (looking at you), you are direct, enjoy playing devil’s advocate and neither fear nor avoid discussions.
- With many details, you are analytical, cautious, and distrustful.
- With few details, you are emotional and naïve, you care little for details and are a risk-taker.
- With less than 4 legs showing, you are insecure or are living through a period of major change.
- With 4 legs showing, you are secure, stubborn, and stick to your ideals.
- The size of the ears indicates how good a listener you are. The bigger the better.
- The length of the tail indicates the quality of your love life!
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Benefits of doodling can be found at the following websites:
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Other wonderful doodling websites:
- Math Doodling (downes.ca)
- Use a “Can-Doodle” Attitude to Boost Creativity (barbaratyler.wordpress.com)
- Doodling (pbwhite11.wordpress.com)
- doodle art (doidoidagr8.wordpress.com)
- Doodle 90 | Pigtails (doodlepack.wordpress.com)