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“What the hand does the mind remembers” - Maria Montessori
So many thoughts pass through our minds in a day - whether they are the mundane, to-do list kind of thoughts or deeper, philosophical thoughts. What better way to record these ideas and thoughts than putting pen to paper and making them more permanent in a journal.
Writing with your hand strengthens the connection between the left and right hemispheres of the brain. The complex harmonious relationship between the hand and the mind and a combination of fine motor skills, abstract thoughts, and the use of the imagination, allows the brain to be exercised and to therefore grow and create new connections.
According to Science Daily, writing by hand strengthens the learning process. When typing on a keyboard, this process is quite different. When writing by hand, our brain receives feedback from the movements of our hand and through the sensation of touching a pen and paper. These kinds of feedback are significantly different enough from the actions of typing. This was seen through the use of magnetic resonance imaging researchers have discovered that writing by hand is more than a simple method to communicate. Writing helps with learning letters and shapes in addition to improving fine motor skills and the formulation of ideas.
Sadly, the average person can only hold three or four things in their mind at one time. Imagine how many thoughts you lose in a day. However, the good news is that by writing things down, you can prevent those thoughts from being lost forever. A thought that is written-down can become a plan and, as we all know, once a plan is made, there is a greater likelihood of it becoming reality.
An effective way to remember things to do and to lessen worry is by creating a list. Lists can be of tasks, projects, dreams...anything! Each list serves to free your mind from having to remember what it was you had to do. They are a way to create structure around a plan and to give a sense of how big the project may be. Lists can also be of simple things like groceries. There is nothing more annoying than standing in the grocery store trying to visualize the pantry and what is missing. And who doesn’t enjoy the satisfaction of crossing off items on a list?
Many authors write their novels on paper and not on a computer or laptop. Prolific writers such as Stephen King, James Patterson and J.K. Rowling prefer pen and paper. An article in the Wall Street Journal refers to a study in 2010 that foundusing a pen on paper stimulates a part of the brain that is associated with learning. Brain activity increased significantly when subjects were asked to write words rather than just read and study them. It’s also easier to cross-out or edit written words than to do so on a computer screen or typewriter - the mere act of having to stop and correct on a keyboard or typewriter can interrupt the flow of writing.
Since you’re reading this blog on an electronic device, you may be wondering if any of this was written on paper using a pen? The answer is YES! Before we write our blogs, we brainstorm a list of ideas on paper - in a journal. Once this is accomplished, a list of ideas we want to go ahead with is created. Each blog, in turn, is fleshed out in notes jotted-down in our journal.
And on that note...take a look at our fine collection of Leuchtturm Journals…” Denken mit der Hand” - “Think with Your Hand”