Day 20 #DoodleADay Challenge:
Let’s talk about our doodles shall we? As I have mentioned before doodles can be fun, mindful, releasing, self-expressive, meditative, relaxing, and focusing. Doodles can also be a passageway into self-exploration if you are willing to go that route. After 20 days of doodling you will have enough doodles done to be able to begin to recognize any repeated themes, symbols, or styles which may be unique to you. One quick way to do this is to give each doodle a title: look at your doodle and write the first title that comes to mind, it can be one word or a sentence, just don’t labour over it too much, it is meant to be as spontaneous a response as your doodle was.
If you want to go deeper with your doodle, (and yes it is possible) by focusing on the self-expression part of your doodle, free write about your doodle either right after making it or you can start now and write about each doodle you have done so far. Write whatever comes to mind, describing what you see figuratively in the doodle and or what it reminds you of. After writing non-stop this way without worrying about grammar or spelling, you can then reflect on any metaphors or symbolism you notice in your written response.
- What meaning does this have for you at this point in time of your life?
- What message(s) is your subconscious trying to convey?
- What is the overall feeling of your doodles?
Don’t worry if you don’t like the message, the best ones are the ones we don’t like because they urge us to grow and embrace change. In the same vein, don’t worry if you can’t see anything profound, it is just a doodle after all and the process itself has so many benefits.
If you are in need of some motivation to get started on the #DoodleADay challenge then you may want to read my post 10 reasons to doodle , or the Doodle a Day Challenge here.