use your non-dominant hand for brain coherence
It’s 6:30AM and you have a long day ahead of you. As you’re waking up, a mile long “To Do List” flashes into your mind. Several items are probably left over from yesterday’s list. In frustration, you wonder “How could I possibly get all this done?”

The good news is, those worries come from just one half of our brains: the left hemisphere. That’s where our conscious, analytical, judgmental thinking comes from. It’s the part of our brains that we use the most while we are awake, and it does not offer creative advice.

Using a simple, speedy technique, we can “turn on” the other half of our brains: the right hemisphere. That’s where our unconscious, non-verbal/symbolic, and highly creative ideas come from.

As an added bonus, when we engage this non-dominant portion of our brains, we actually experience total brain coherence: both hemispheres of our brains are working together at the same time. Have you ever been “in the zone”? That’s total brain coherence. Our thoughts and actions just seem to flow effortlessly.

Using Your Non-Dominant Hand to Engage the Right Brain and Achieve Total Brain Coherence

  • Brush your teeth with your non-dominant hand. This takes just 2-3 minutes!
  • Write or draw with your non-dominant hand. Try free-form doodling or journaling and discover your hidden creative genius.
  • Eat with your non-dominant hand. This one’s really easy and gives you 3 practice opportunities per a day.
  • Open doors, dial the phone, wave hello, point or gesture, brush your hair, clean or do chores, or anything else that involves your hands!

I’ve been intentionally using my left hand for the last several years, and I love the results. Having two useful hands makes me feel more balanced, and I can tap into some really creative mojo in just a couple minutes.

Try starting your day by brushing with your non-dominant hand, and see what clever new ideas pop into your head. When brainstorming for work or personal projects, try writing some ideas with your non-dominant hand. With the power of your right brain, you’ll soon find creative new ways to bring your To Do List down to an easily manageable size.

Has using your non-dominant hand been helpful for you? I’d love to hear your experiences and ideas. Leave me a comment and let me know.

Much thanks to justonlysteve for use of the photo.

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4 comments


  1. 04/15/10 by Alison

    I'm going to give this a try today. I've done this before with the intent of simply being a more able person who can use both hands. I never knew it also had the magic ability to activate a more creative me!

  2. 06/21/10 by Lauren

    It’s a fun secondary benefit, isn’t it? 🙂 Thank you for visiting, Alison, and I encourage you in realizing a more creative you!

  3. 02/12/11 by Rose

    I wrote a blog about my experience, though I was doing it in order to slow down as I ate, for fitness reasons, so I'll have to try it again for creative reasons.

    • 02/12/11 by Lauren Lionheart

      That&’s awesome, Rose! Isn’t it cool that using our non-dominant hand is helpful in so many aspects of life? Thank you SO MUCH for sharing your results with us online. Please let me know what your results are when your intention is creativity 🙂

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