Journaling isn’t only about writing. At its core, it’s about expression, exploration, and connecting to yourself. It’s a way to look inward, find and channel your intuition, and deepen your self-awareness and understanding. Journals are a place to grow and learn. Sometimes that may be through words… Sometimes a geometric design, some bubble letters, a flower, and/or a sprawl of curly-cues.

I’ve never been much for drawing, but, if you’ve ever sat next to me in a class or lecture or witnessed my end of a phone conversation, you would see how I  most definitely express my creativity through pen and paper. If you saw the pages of my journal, margins of my to-do lists, or notes from class, you would find expansive doodles.

While it may look like I’m not paying attention, or that I’m lost in my own thoughts as I create floral and geometric designs, in reality, the opposite is true. Doodling plays a big part in my ability to listen, understand, and retain information.

Can you relate?

If so, there is good reason to embrace your inner doodle-r! While the act of doodling may appear to be mindless or distracted, research has found it to improve memory and attention. Sunni Brown, creator of Doodle Revolution, is working to change any negative ideas about doodling, and harness it’s power in both the classroom and the boardroom. Check out her Ted Talk, and embrace the new definition of doodling:

To doodle (Revolutionary’s defn.): to make spontaneous marks in order to support thinking; to use simple visual language to engage three learning modalities; to use simple visual language to activate the mind’s eye and support creativity, problem-solving and innovation.

Do you doodle?

When I’m feeling stressed or anxious, my hands will gravitate to the closest pen and paper. Doodling quiets my mind and lets stressful energy come out as creativity.

When I sit down to write, and the words aren’t coming, doodling fulfills the intentions of my journaling practice.

When I am solving a problem or processing my thoughts, geometric designs, swirls, and flowers emerge on paper.

Also, like coloring, doodling can be a relaxing way to channel creativity. Because it’s accessible to anyone, requires no artistic talent, and there’s no expectation for a finished product, doodling is freedom of expression at its best!

“Creativity is intelligence having fun!” – Albert Einstein

Keep calm and journal (and doodle) on!

All my best,
Sarah

Interested in more reading? Here’s some more information on the power of doodling!

Keep Calm and Doodle On
PBS

5 Benefits of Being a Doodler
Huffington Post

The Cognitive Benefits of Doodling
The Atlantic

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