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What is Mindfulness

Calm Down and Get Your Zentangle OnZentangle is a self-help art therapy practice to enhance relaxation and focus.Post published by Cathy Malchiodi PhD, LPCC, LPAT on Mar 31, 2014 in Arts and Health

August 05, 2015

  Zentangle® is known to many artists and craftivistas as a way to create structured designs through drawing various patterns. Sometimes mistakenly called “Zendoodling” or “tangle doodling,” Zentangling or tangling is actually a formalized process that defines itself as something other than mere doodling because of its theory and approach.


Rick Roberts and Mary Thomas [ are the originators of the trademarked Zentangle method. Basically, it’s a specific way to draw images, most often in black pen on white paper. Zentangle has become an international phenomenon that now has applications in stress reduction, education,therapy and even motivational training.


Zentangle itself may be relatively new, but the basic principles involved are as old as the history of art. It includes ritual [a core practice in ancient and contemporary arts] and mirrors the symbols, designs and patterns of numerous cultures [Mayan, Maori, Celtic, and American Indian, for example] from ancient through present times. And like “doodling” it is based on a human behavior in which one refrains from planning and allows lines and shapes to unintentionally emerge. people more about this item. What's it about and what makes it interesting?

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Zentangle is a self-help art therapy practice to enhance relaxation and focus.

Post published by Cathy Malchiodi PhD, LPCC, LPAT on Mar 31, 2014 in Arts and Health

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What is Mindfulness?

August 05, 2015



Mindfulness is like exercise for our minds. It exercises the muscles of paying attention and developing healthy attitudes. Jon Kabat-Zinn, the founder of health-based mindfulness training, describes mindfulness as the awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally to things as they are.


Nonjudgment means being open and accepting. It does not mean a lack of discernment. The key points are:

1. Mindfulness is a training

2. It involves paying attention to present moment experience

3. It’s all about how we pay attention people more about this item.


A recent Harvard study found that people’s minds wander an astounding 47 per cent of the time. It

concluded “a human mind is a wandering mind, and a wandering mind is an unhappy mind.”


Mindfulness training reduces mind wandering. It builds our attention, our ability to focus our mindwhere we want it and keep it there.


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