Many of the articles about Zentangle are written by CZT’s, and lean toward the artistic expression aspects of Zentangle. My love of Zentangle tends to focus on its possibilities for creating beautiful art, especially for students who don’t think of themselves as artists. But this can create anxiety, as you can think too hard about producing.
Zentangle is as much about focus and relaxation as it is about art
This article was published in Psychology Today, written by an Art Therapist. She does a great job capturing the essence of what it is about Zentangle that creates that state of calm and focus.
Being the results oriented person that I am, I need to be reminded again and again, of what Zentangle is. This quote from the article really brings it home for me.
. I like to think of tangling as a form of “creative aimlessness.” Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh observes that we need to cultivate aimlessness in life rather than continually striving to be “number one.” For example, when we practice walking meditation, we are not trying to arrive anywhere in particular; in fact, if we stay focused on the future, we lose the joy of our steps in the here and now. The same is true of the process of tangling. If we get caught up in judgment and deliberation, we are not in the here and now. But if we simply enjoy the creative process, we can enjoy every single moment of it and that is ultimately what any creative expression offers us.
Its so important, amongst all the pressure and rushing around to “produce” something, be it a plan for a class, or a piece of artwork for an auction, to just take a few minutes to be in the pure enjoyment of the process. If your work doesn’t please you, its ok, its about the journey.
Here is a link to the article.