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