|Ink Drawing of Verne with Non-Dominant Hand by Margaret Braun|
The process itself is a little awkward. Your non-dominant hand draws slowly and is clumsy. That’s okay. Remember this hand did not go to school and is seldom asked to write or draw. It takes a little bit of patience and lots of willingness to just accept what comes.
As an aside, my brain’s usual chatter turns off as I engaged my left hand and it feels as if a formerly untapped part of the brain is engaged.
The research in Creative Journaling by Lucia Capacchione, Ph.D. shows that, right handed or left handed, writing and imaging with the non-dominant hand gives greater access to the right hemispheric functions like feeling, intuition, creativity and inner wisdom and spirituality. When a dialog occurs between the left and right hemispheres of the brain, both emotions and thoughts are more fully expressed and understood.
Non-dominant hand drawing has been used in art classes for many years as a way of loosening up. It helps you to relax and draw what you see and feel. Try it yourself!