Have you ever heard of zentangling?


Coolio, that makes two of us!

Which was why when my oldest sister – I could call her C, but that wouldn’t be very distinguishing, because all my siblings’ names start with C, lol, so I’ll keep calling her ‘oldest sister’ – anyway, which was why when she gave me a book called ‘Joy of Zentangle‘ for Christmas, I was all like “huh?! Uhm, okay. Whatever. Thanks.”

I have no idea why she picked that for me. It’s not like I ever indicated I even had the faintest idea what zentangling was, much less wanted to start to zentangle. But I figure she read the “drawing your way to increased creativity, focus and well-being” part of the title and the “reduce stress and increase creativity with the relaxing art of zentangle” on the back and concluded anything that enhances focus and well-being and reduces stress can only be a good idea for me. Or something. I have no idea.

Well, so I wasn’t too impressed with the present, but then, I can usually cope with weird gifts better than those that mean something in the positive or the negative way, so it was okay. And then over the course of the afternoon and evening last night I got bored with the endless family conversations about this and that and nothing interesting at all and out of desperation thought ‘heck, zentangling looks as good a waste of time as any’ and started doing it.

And what can I say? Once I got what it is about, I discovered it’s actually pretty cool. It’s basically like doodling, but with more mindfulness. (My therapist would be so pleased.) The idea is that you have a pen and paper and then focus only on the line you’re currently drawing, making patterns, creating a little abstract picture as you go. No erasing allowed, because it’s supposed to be kind of like in life: you make a mistake, you can’t just undo it, but have to make the best of it anyway. Other than that, anything goes.

Yesterday I just doodled random bits, trying out some techniques from the book. But today when everyone annoyed me during breakfast (time the family leaves again, please, because I can clearly love them better from a distance!!!) I went to get my notebook and a pen and did my first proper zentangle. And would you believe it, I actually had an easier time ignoring everyone being annoying around me while I drew and calmed down a bit. So I suppose zentangling might actually be a good idea and decided I want to keep doing it. Right now my goal is to do a zentangle a day and watch what happens, if it helps in other situations, too, and all that. We’ll see how that goes.

So here it is. My first zentangle.



12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. prideinmadness
    Dec 26, 2012 @ 12:49:53

    That is so perfect for you! I’m going to suggest this to a few friends!

  2. Bourbon
    Dec 27, 2012 @ 00:43:13

    You are so talented! A very grounding gift I think! xox

  3. nobodysreadingme
    Dec 27, 2012 @ 11:21:15

    Seems to work for you if it can bring a bit of calm to your life. I’m glad.
    Maybe your older sis isn’t all bad after all 😉

    • Lola
      Dec 27, 2012 @ 15:45:21

      Yes, I’m surprsed that it’s actually working, especially because I don’t have the easiest time calming down. And yeah, older sis is okay. She’s a little weird in her own way (she’s a mathematical physicist – anyone who likes numbers this much MUST be a little weird, lol) and that makes me like her, actually. She’s a good older sister to have. 🙂

      • nobodysreadingme
        Dec 27, 2012 @ 16:03:28

        I am amazed, often by the world. simple things. How does a small bird, in a high wind land so easily on a thin telephone wire?
        I’m also amazed at people such as your sister who can understand high energy physics. I have a passing and very amateur interest in this, but I think it’s very very important. Well, it is to me.
        Sounds like you could do worse with your family members

        • Lola
          Dec 27, 2012 @ 21:15:41

          Yeah, I could definitely do worse with them. I guess I don’t really get the kind of thing my sis does calculations about at all, but hey, they pay her to do it, so I suppose it must be important. Cool that you are interested in this kind of stuff. 🙂

          • nobodysreadingme
            Dec 28, 2012 @ 09:37:31

            I think it’s interesting to try to understand why the universe exists at all. It very nearly doesn’t, and statistically shouldn’t. Yeah, I think that’s cool. Weird, but cool. Damn, makes me a dork 🙂

            • Lola
              Dec 28, 2012 @ 14:19:22

              Well, there are worse things than being a bit dorky. (Plus, I suppose, those things are interesting.) Anyway, being a dork is not so bad. You could be a jerk. That would be way worse. 😉 (Hahaha, and I feel like I’m a dork myself, rambling nonsense!)

  4. nobodysreadingme
    Dec 28, 2012 @ 14:24:38

    Oh goodie! I’m not a jerk. Coolio. 😉

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