I've doodled all my life: on corners of important papers, while I'm talking on the phone, when I am trying to think of something to write. I've doodle and sketched across Asia and Europe.
Sketches from China and Amsterdam
Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas, teachers and artists, have created a new, more focused doodling called Zentangles*. They have developed patterns to use and a system of doodling that incorporates mindfulness. Each stroke of the pen is followed by your eye: a great meditative practice.
For those of us who are long-time doodlers, following patterns and using their mindfulness practice is helpful, but I have more fun creating my own patterns and just letting go to see where doodling will take me.
Look for the book at https://www.northlightshop.com/zen-doodle-oodles-of-doodles/?lid=BVcmmac110414 and then try some doodles! Show me what you doodle -- even the ones on your scratch pad or iPad.
*Also, check out Zentangles at https://www.zentangle.com/index.php for a different type of doodling.