Z – Zentangle — Meditation through art. #AtoZ

 

Practicing mindfulness through art.Since some time now, practicing mindfulness, Yoga, and meditation have become the in-thing. In search of peace of mind, we turn to these for help. But, practicing meditation, as well as being mindful, can get rather difficult thanks to the thousand thoughts that swim in our minds, all day long.

Giving the mind a much-needed break becomes necessary, but looking for the tools that will help achieve that break can often lead to frustration. I mean, sitting in the lotus pose, with hands on the knees and eyes closed often gets you nowhere.

It is at such times that attempting an art form helps in finding that elusive focus. It was in 2016 that I discovered Zentangle. I would wonder about the name but it was only after practicing it that I understood the reason behind the name.

The few minutes when you are focused on making the drawing are the few minutes when your mind is oblivious to all that’s going on around you. However small or complicated the drawing may be, unbeknownst to you, it forces you to push out every thought from your mind and concentrate on the job at hand.

What you draw may not appear artistic, but the peace of mind you attain is something you revel in.

So, as always, I would suggest you pick up your pen–any pen– grab a notepad and get going! You may doodle, or draw a flower, or draw some pattern that mesmerises you as you make it. The choice is all yours.

There are no rules in Zentangle. You only need to remember to focus. 

Sharing with you a few drawings you could try making, especially if you think you were born without any artistic genes. For as Elizabeth Gilbert says in, ‘Big Magic’,

Everyone is a born artist, a creative being!

So, do away with the nervousness, the diffidence and just create some art. Let your mind guide your hand and provide you with the necessary motivation.

My friend Rajlakshmi Boruah inspired me to take up Zentangle. She shared this link to ‘Tangle Patterns’ to help with the designs. And, I am trying to inspire you, in return,  to let go of your inhibitions and learn some mindfulness techniques!

Wish you all the very best!

Happy creating!

 

Starting with the easiest doodles…just let your hand move of its own accord.

 

 

Zentangle X'Mas Tree

These were just some examples of how and what you can do. Basically, you can do whatever you wish. Just remember to focus!

Visit Tangle Designs for patterns and designs, or play around with whatever comes to your mind.

You only need to remember to…ENJOY!

Love,

SHILPA.

April 2018 A to Z blogging Challenge

My theme for the A to Z Blogging Challenge is all about my blog, Metanoia, and my blogging journey from the time  I started, 5 years ago. The lessons I learned, the tips and tricks I picked up from fellow bloggers and the guidelines I could have used back when I began.

You will find all of my A to Z posts here.

 

19 Replies to “Z – Zentangle — Meditation through art. #AtoZ”

  1. Zentangle seems like a wonderful thing. meditation through art. sounds beautiful. I love doodling or coloring with my son, while music is playing in the background. it’s therapeutic. congratulations on finishing the challenge. 🙂

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    1. Oh yes, Priya!
      It’s a favourite activity — drawing with music in the background.
      Thank you so much and congratulations to you, too, on completing the challenge so beautifully!
      Glad to have met you! ❤

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  2. Woah Shilpa what a wonderful AtoZ journey! Congrats! Love zentangling and I will surely give Tangle Patterns a go. Will give me the long awaited inspiration. A 10 day break from writing and social media to focus on zentangling, what say?
    Been a bit of an overdose of online life the last one month and to salvage my sanity need to go offline for a bit and what better way to do so then get back to my zentangling workbook!
    Thanks for the sign off inspiration ❤️

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  3. I was covering an art class the first time I saw these. This was actually their assignment. Middle schoolers, so they were a bit resistant to the idea. The finished products are something to behold.

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  4. Your Zentangle posts make me smile everytime I come across them and the Trishul, lion and ostrich are my fav – I think I have mentioned that before too 😉
    You have a knack for this art and I hope to see many more such creative works from you Shilpa.

    Congrats on completing the challenge so well; thoroughly enjoyed your nuggests on blogging. Thank you so much for all of your support to me in the challenge.

    Our chai phone date is still pending and I will make sure it happens this month 🙂

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  5. This is totally your forte Shilpa, and you are sooo good at it. I am aware of the power of zentangles to ease an anxious mind. But, i have just not been able to get it. And congratulations on successfully completing the challenge..

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