Guest post by Sheila Lowe
Working at home is a wonderful thing. The five second commute from bedroom to office; staying in your jammies all day; completing assignments at three in the morning if you want to. But staying productive takes discipline. What if you find it hard to stay focused? Your best bud calls and wants you to go out to lunch, or Michael Connelly’s latest Harry Bosch thriller is beckoning from the nightstand. Or maybe you just don’t feel like writing, but there’s a pile of stuff on your desk that needs your attention right now! Take heart, I’m going to share with you a little-known tool that can help: Graphotherapy.
Graphotherapy is a series of simple drawings you can do with pen and paper that help train your brain to focus and attend. It’s a branch of handwriting analysis (generic term: graphology, taken from two Greek words and means “study of writing”). There are many different exercises, but for our purposes we’ll select a few that will help with alertness, concentration and memory (those in the left column), and a few for relaxing your mind and bringing out creativity (those in the right column). In effect, you’ll be re-programming your brain.
Choose one or two exercises to copy, depending on what you feel you need most at the time. Find a comfortable place to sit, with a large, flat writing space and enough room to move your arms freely. Playing music in the background as you do the exercises seems to make them even more effective. Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and Pachelbel’s Canon, are good choices. Close your eyes and listen to the music for at least sixty seconds, at the same time visualizing yourself having successfully completed the work you want to accomplish.
Now, open your eyes, take a deep cleansing breath in, then let it all out. Next, fill a sheet of paper with each exercise you’ve chosen. Using lined or graph paper helps you to make the drawings consistent (but don’t try to make them perfect). You can make continuous rows or break every few forms. Keep going for about ten minutes. When you’re finished you’ll find that you’re more ready to get going on the work waiting for you.
Why is graphotherapy effective? Your handwriting is a manifestation of what’s going on inside you. Research suggests that everything you’ve ever done or thought or said remains in your brain, and when you write, the way you’ve responded to all your life experiences is translated into the writing trail on the paper. And your handwriting is unique to you—after all, you’re the only one who’s had your particular experiences.
As a handwriting professional for more than forty years, I’ve seen some amazing results when clients have tried graphotherapy, and I use it myself when I’m having trouble getting down to work. Your handwriting changes over time as you have new experiences and integrate them into your personality. So we can accurately say that handwriting will reflect your state at the time you write it. Graphotherapy is a means to change that state.
I’d love to hear your experiences if you decide to give it a try: firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Author:
Sheila Lowe is a court-qualified handwriting expert who testifies in forensic cases. She has more than thirty years experience in the field of handwriting analysis and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. The author of Handwriting of the Famous and Infamous, and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Handwriting Analysis, her analyses of celebrity handwritings have appeared in Time, Teen People, and Mademoiselle. Her articles on Personality Profiling and Handwriting Analysis for the Attorney have been published in several bar association magazines.
Sheila’s clientele includes a wide spectrum of corporate clients, mental health professionals, attorneys, private investigators and staffing agencies, among others. Her award-winning Handwriting Analyzer software is used around the world and her profiles help uncover important information in background checks and pre-employment screening. She enjoys analyzing handwriting for individuals, too, helping them understand themselves and others better.
For more information, check out her websites:
www.claudiaroseseries.com – Forensic handwriting mysteries.