Upcoming Article:
"The Upside of Cancer"
Complimentaries Therapies In Clinical Practice
May 2006 - UK Publication

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SUNDAY, January 9, 2005
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C'mon, Get Happy, but the Calm Will Take Some Cash

.....In Los Angeles, Carol Ross Edmonston teaches seminars on doodling, aiming to have people live in the present with pen and paper and forget future or past worries.

"In these seminars, I'm really getting you to think, really getting you to look at whether you really have a strategy on how you handle chaos, how you cope," said Ms. Edmonston, 56, who twice survived breast cancer and discovered doodling's relief potential while sitting in a doctor's waiting room.

She said she was not motivated by money when presenting corporate seminars. "My life doesn't depend upon making 'X' amount of money," she said. "I'll work within their budgets." She has received as little as a couple of coffee gift cards and as much as several thousand dollars for her seminars.

Ms. Edmonston is also co-author of "Create While You Wait: A Doodle Book for All Ages," which sells for $12.95. (click here to purchase book)

Still, she recognizes that there are market forces converging on the overstressed. "There are so many gimmicks that marketers will come up with when they see a problem," she said. "Stress isn't going to go away. It's a fast-paced world."
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Women's Health & Fitness Magazine

(#3) Doodle. Breast cancer survivor Carol Edmonston, and founder of www.SacredDoodles.com, has spent the last decade exploring the power of doodling as a stress buster. What one usually thinks of as a mindless and frivolous activity actually transformed her life, as well as several others. So go ahead — make some circles or draw a face— doodling can become a vehicle to inner peace.


Elle Girl Magazine

Do you often find yourself sitting in class, mind wandering, doodling all over your paper? Are your margins filled with patterned sketches and fashion designs? Then face it: you are a doodler. But it may surprise you to learn that doodling is actually beneficial to your health. Two-time cancer survivor Carol Edmonston spent a ton of time doodling and found that her stress was reduced as a result of taking her mind off her problems. She believes that doodling has transformed her life and made it more worry-free. To learn more about this and her simple approach for doodling (and to see some of Carol's amazing work), log onto sacreddoodles.com. And then next time your teacher yells at you for doodling during class, tell her you're just trying to improve your health.

by Jill Weiskopf


Woman’s World

"How to Doodle Away any Problem"

"The next time you’re feeling stressed, draw a big shape - any shape - in one continuous line. Next, spend a few minutes filling in the outline with stars, hearts, zigzags, flowers, circles- anything you want.  Breathe deeply and you’ll begin to feel a deep sense of relaxation", says Carol Edmonston, author of Connections…The Sacred Journey between Two Points. She’s used this technique to help many people including hospital patients unwind.  How does it work? “It distracts the logical, controlling left side of the brain from focusing on what’s stressing you,which automatically calms you down”  Edmonston says.
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  Women’s Faith & Spirit Magazine 

"Sacred Doodles- one woman’s spiritual journey through breast cancer"
 Fall 2003

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International Journal Healing & Caring

One woman’s spiritual adventure through breast cancer

Carol Edmonston

One day I found myself looking outside the kitchen window wondering if God truly existed. If so, why would He (or She) have me journey through breast cancer for a second time? I’m not even talking about a recurrence of the original cancer two years prior, but a “new and unrelated” cancer in my other breast. At that time in my life, I had been deeply immersed in my own spiritual journey for nearly 10 years and naively thought that I would be immune to a repeat medical diagnosis. After all, I thought I had learned my lessons, created the necessary paradigm shifts in my personal philosophy as I learned how to better nourish and nurture myself, unearthed the gift and was moving forward to a new chapter in my life...

...While nervously waiting for test results at my doctor’s office, my mind began to race from one worrisome thought to another. All those what-if scenarios began to emerge: “What if this happens?” “What if that happens?” If the nurse had taken my vital signs in that moment, I’m sure they would have been elevated.

I knew I needed to do something, so I asked her for a piece of paper and pencil and began to doodle. While I had no idea what I was doing, I was beginning to feel more relaxed. I easily became lost in this creative activity. Fear and panic were being replaced by a sense of calm and peace... Click here for complete article

--- Nursing Standard

"Soul Survivors" 

…..  A stumbling block for healthcare professionals is when alternative ways of caring can be applied during busy periods.  One speaker, Carol Edmonston, suggested even in the waiting areas can be a good place to try out new ideas.  While waiting for breast cancer test results in at US hospital 8 years ago, Ms Edmonston felt compelled to do something to calm her mind.  She asked a nurse for a piece of paper and started doodling. ‘I suddenly found myself becoming calm. My mind was not wandering through all these scary thoughts,’ she said.  I found doodling to have exactly the same effect as meditation” Ms Edmonston has now been instrumental in a doodling scheme called “Create While You Wait”. Her doodling posters have been pinned up in hospitals across American. The scheme is soon to be introduced in Christie’s Cancer hospital in Manchester.
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Himalayan Path
Volume 4, Number 4, 2004

Page 24 (condensed story)

"Sacred Doodles"

  Sacred Space
The International Journal
of Spirituality & Health
(Winter 1999/2000) 

Orange County Register/Fullerton News Tribune

Daydreaming and doodling were once the bane of teachers. How could Johnny keep on task if he were staring out the window or drawing geometric figures and hotrods in the math paper margins? Third graders in Barbara Mohr’s classroom at Golden Hill Elementary School have discovered what once seemed mindless is “cool” and productive.

Through the efforts of guest instructor Carol Edmonston, the children are learning the art of doodling – and exchanging “masterpieces” with their new pen pals at Wright Brothers School P.S. 28 in Hispanic Harlem.

It’s a sizzling afternoon in May when Edmonston enters the air-conditioned schoolroom with samples of her own doodling. Free-flowing forms are filled with vivid colors that immediately draw “oohs” and “wows” from her attentive audience. The young Picassos already have blank white papers and gel pens ready when Edmonston begins the lesson...
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  American Holistic Health Association
Online Journal


One Woman's Spiritual Adventure with Breast Cancer and the Doodles that Healed Her Soul

Life taught me that I don't always have control over what comes into my life, only in how I choose to respond to things. While I didn't choose to have breast cancer, I did choose to not let the diagnosis define how I would experience that medical adventure. I've come to realize that everything that comes my way has the potential to transform me if I am willing to embrace and surrender to the unknown. The trick is in believing that in the heart of challenges exists all the faith, courage and strength needed to overcome whatever is presented...

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