But not everyone wants to--or can--move like that. For some, just using the hands can be a revelation, and that is what I love about Zentangle®. If you look at the tile above, you can see how drawing those lines, slowly and with attention, could promote mindfulness. And anyone can do it--if you can sign your name, you can do this.
Here is another tile with Arukas. I remember the state I was in when I did these tiles: focused. Steady. Non-thinking.
There is a strong connection between mindfulness and creativity. When I finally learned to let go of trying to "stop thoughts" in meditation, creativity began to rise to the surface. Interestingly, Zentangle often does stop my thoughts, or at least cause me to focus on just that one line that I am now drawing...and it has the same effect. Creativity surges.
And with creativity, comes pure joy.
I confess: I'm addicted. Addicted to making things, to creating things, in a slow, concentrated way, a way that draws me down and down into a quiet place. That's where the joy is found.
I'm a textile artist (traditional rug hooking, punch needle rug hooking, and other textile arts), long-time meditator and coach, focused on learning about the interplay of art, creativity, and mindfulness every day.
NEXT INTRO TO ZENTANGLE CLASS:
No immediate group classes scheduled (I'm always open to hearing about a good venue in the Cambridge-Somerville area). I am always happy to teach 1-1 and/or in a small group in your home.
Come and amaze yourself!
SITES TO WATCH:
Insight Meditation Society
Oxford Rug Hooking School
Zentangle: The Official Site
Green Mountain Rug Hooking
Massachusetts Tarot Society
Skillful Meditation Project