Doodle your way to Peace of Mind by Lee Pryke
Have you ever tried to get into a quiet state of mind to meditate and said, “it is hard to quiet myself long enough.” That was me until I discovered a way to have fun, satisfy my creative nature and quiet my mind.
We’ve all doodled while waiting on the phone, or in a long meeting. It’s possible we’ve covered pages of our notebooks in indecipherable pictures and designs, and then looked back to wonder what we must have been thinking – or not thinking about – at the time. Turns out, you’ve been Zen Doodling which is in fact a form of meditation.
Doodling is very useful in helping to maintain an inner calm.
Some theorists, “including Freud and Jung, think that doodling is an act where the individual is conscious, but the meaning of the drawings is unconscious. Whether people do it for meditation, reflection, inspiration or recreation, doodling is not just scribbling on scrap paper to be tossed away.
Famous People that doodle are:
- George Washington (geometric shapes mostly)
- Thomas Jefferson
- John F. Kennedy(compulsive yacht doodler)
- Ronald Reagan (believe it or not, he liked to draw cowboys and football players)
- George H W Bush (To the right is a copy of a memo George H. W. Bush wrote to his secretary Rose Zamaria. It was a response to her asking him to sign a stack of letters – all addressed to people he knew personally. When he started the job he realized that one of the people on the list was dead and he suspected that another had also recently died. When the papers were released Ms. Zamaria’s comment to the memo was “You see, he was such a funny guy.”
- Bill Clinton (at the time of this writing, his private presidential papers aren’t public yet)
- Barack Obama (he offered an Official Doodle for “national Doodle Day” during his first term as President)
- Bill Gates (Bill Gates famously left a page of Doodles on Tony Blair’s desk after and Economic summit held in Davos (2005). International psychologist and handwriting experts had a field day analysing what they meant).
- Hiliary Clinton (Her doodles on speech notes during a UN Security Council meeting in 2012 were deemed so newsworthy that The Daily Mail published an article analysing the series of interlocked circles and stars).
- Winston Churchill (He was fond of drawing 3D boxes and spirals).
- Vidal Sassoon (Drawer of triangles and planets).
Famous Artists like Michelangelo left behind hundreds of scribbled images (on one is written “must get round to painting the ceiling”)
Leonardo Da Vinci’s doodles and drawings proved inspirational – his scribbles foresaw the helicopter and hydraulic pump for example.
I wouldn’t put myself in the stature of these famous people however I have discovered that once I realized there are NO mistakes in doodles, only an opportunity to create something new, I began to relax and have fun.
My passion is words, I began to make words with words, and when I discovered Zen Doodling I simply sat with pen and pencil in hand and a pad of paper and began to scribble lines, circles, squares and many wiggles. Hours would pass while I was drawing and although very focused, very calm. AH, the realization that in fact I was in a meditative state.
You can start today without any purchase required. Grab a pencil, pen, crayon, magic marker and some thick white paper and begin to doodle your way into a Zen state of mind. You can do it anywhere. I like to cuddle up in bed at night with pad in hand and a box of pens I discovered work well and doodle my way into calm, relaxation and a good nights sleep.
You can purchase instruction books at a local art store or online at Amazon, google Zen Doodling or watch on You tube when you are ready to learn some fancy scribbles or simply let your own creativity flow onto the paper. After several months of doodling myself and experiencing with different pens, coloured pencils, papers etc. I decided to offer a workshop where attendees can learn the power of Zen Doodling at calming the mind, reducing stress, and simply letting that creative spirit flow. You can visit some of my doodles at www.pinterest.com/leepryke