I Thought I Couldn't Meditate — Until I Found Zentangle
I have a confession: even though I'm a yoga instructor, I'm not a fan of meditation. It's not that I don't want to revel in the present moment, reduce stress, embrace calmness, and and all that good stuff. I just have a hard time sitting still and quieting my thoughts, which is probably why I need meditation. But it wasn't until I discovered Zentangle art that I truly found the type of meditation that works for me. Zentangle, in simple terms, is meditative drawing.
While Zentangle drawings can look complicated and intricate, you don't need to be artistic or good at drawing to try Zentangle; in fact, you need no prior art experience at all. The method itself is relatively straightforward, and is broken down into eight steps. As you practice, you can more complicated patterns, or stick with simpler ones. What's great about Zentangle is that it doesn't matter what your drawing looks like. There are no mistakes in the method. The point is to just enjoy the repetition and the practice of moving your pen on the paper. Even just a few minutes of Zentangle drawing can have a calming effect.