Zentangle – have you heard of it?! Apparently I have been living under a rock because I knew nothing of its Awe.Some.Ness. Until a few nights ago that is – when I attended a Zentangle workshop at my local library.
What is Zentangle?
I call it meditative doodling. Jen Kwiecien, the engaging workshop facilitator and Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT), describes it as “yoga for the brain”. You basically draw patterns of lines and shapes on a 3.5 inch square paper – really that is it.
So why is Zentangle so great?
1 – Anyone can do this – even all those people out there who insist they cannot draw. My 4-year old son was even doing it this morning!
2 – It turned my brain off! I have REALLY been trying to meditate. I understand the benefits – I want the benefits, but my brain hasn’t resigned to this quite yet. I am now on my second Oprah and Deepak 21-day meditation experience, I have countless meditation apps on my phone, a new meditation cd – all great resources that are helping me…slowly. But I created a Zentangle for an hour last night and DID NOT think about anything except for what was in front of me.
Hello Focus! I will definitely still continue my different meditation methods, but I feel like Zentangle has taught me a different way to relax and focus. I hope to merge all of these resources and be able to hit pause on my thoughts when I want/need to.
You can find out more information about Zentangle here at zentangle.com.
Jen Kwiecien, CZT can be reached at doONEnow@gmail.com.
Here are my first two Zentangles!