We have some wonderful treats for you in this issue.
- Formal research on the Zentangle Method
- New tangle: pea-nuckle
- How Zentangle can influence piano playing
- Zentangle Applications
- Zentangle article in MaryJanesFarm
Zentangle: Evaluation of a Mindfulness Activity
Meredith Yuhas attended our October, 2011 CZT training seminar
as preparation for conducting research on the Zentangle Method at Saint Joseph College in Hartford, CT.
While her full study is ongoing, we are thrilled to share this brief summary which indicates that the Zentangle Method is a highly effective tool for supporting and nourishing a state of mindfulness.
Here is Meredith's summary without its reference notes. Please go to this blog entry
for the complete reference notes and to discuss this milestone event.
Zentangle: Evaluation of a Mindfulness Activity
"A recent pilot study concluded that Zentangle is a mindfulness activity (1). Also, when comparing a group of post test scores after 1 hour of Zentangle instruction, including 10 minutes of independent practice, the participants experienced mindfulness process post test scores equivalent to a group who participated in a 1 hour a week 16 week mindfulness focused treatment (2). Thus, the Zentangle process appears to be an efficient way to create a state of mindfulness. Consistent with the increasing amount of recent mindfulness research, the practice of Zentangle as a mindfulness activity could benefit the individual both mentally and physically. Such benefits include but are not limited to psychological wellbeing (3-6), decreased mental health symptoms, such as depression (7), anxiety (8), and stress (9 -11). In addition to being useful in the treatment of chronic pain (12), fibromyalgia (13-14), improving brain function and immune response (15), blood pressure (16) and insomnia (17)."
Meredith L. Yuhas, Ph.D., LPC, NCC
Licensed Professional Counselor and
Certified Zentangle Teacher
We are grateful to Meredith, her staff and St. Joseph College for their time, precision and professionalism as they continue to research the benefits of the Zentangle Method.
Please join us for further discussion here.
|New Zentangle Tangle: pea-nuckle|
Molly called the other morning. "Did you see the new tangle I created? Check you email!"
As soon as we saw it we knew it was awesome. As time goes by, it is an increasing challenge to develop new tangles that are magical, simple and easy to create.
We think pea-nuckle is just such a tangle. It's made with only two elemental strokes. One is curved; one is straight. It is simple, yet its result is surprising.
We are thrilled to share it with you and we look forward to seeing what you create with pea-nuckle.
|How Zentangle Can Influence Piano Playing |
Last week we received this email from Ksenija Vojisavljevic, a classical piano teacher in Australia:
Dear Maria and Rick
Thank you for sharing this wonderful art method that you have created. It has been an enriching experience to get involved with Zentangle. It broadens the mind in many different ways.
I would like to share with you a little story that illustrates one fantastic moment that Zentangle can give a life to.
One piano student of mine is a little girl Vivien, 9 years old, disciplined and enthusiastic performer that plays intermediate level repertoire with a great technical skill and accuracy. What was missing in her performance, and what is not an unexpected moment with young child playing at that level, is the deepness of emotional involvement and richness of colours in a music interpretation.
To encourage the imagination of students I ask them to think what is music that they are playing telling them, and to present it in drawing and colouring. When I have got the illustration from my little student, it was a set of ten rectangles in mono colour. This actually was an adequate visual portray of her music performance. The same moment, without thinking twice, I advised her to go to tanglepatterns.com to find more ideas. I believe that enriching of the mind can always go in both directions between subjects. I expected that her effort in practicing patterns will improve her imagination and consequently inspire her music performance.
Surely, it did take place. I do not need to say anything more after showing you Viviens latest art work that she kindly allowed me to post. Her music performance automatically has improved as much. She would bring shapes and colours to the page of music representing the development of ideas and feelings along music lines. Once Vivien created those ideas in her mind they became alive in the performance as well. And this is all thanks to Zentangle.
Thank you Zentangle, Zentangle creators, and all Zentangle community.
All the best wishes and happy tangling!
Thank you, Ksenija, for sharing that. (All names used with permission.)
|Two Zentangle Applications|
Check out these blogs we just wrote about how we use Zentangle around our home.
|Zentangle Article in MaryJanesFarm Magazine|MaryJanesFarm Magazine
has a regular feature, "Every Woman Has a Story." In the current June-July 2012 issue that woman is Kass Hall, CZT
The article that describes how Kass travelled from Australia to New England to become a CZT and what she's doing with Zentangle. The article talks about Kass' upcoming book, Zentangle Untangled and shows some great images of Kass' Zentangle art.
It's on the newsstands now. We just picked up a copy and enjoyed the two and a half pages.
Thank you for sharing these wonderful moments with us as Zentangle continues to grow.
For more information on our Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT) program, please see this page.
If you are interested in becoming a CZT, we have two seminars this year in August and September. If you are considering this opportunity, please register soon. Detail trail begins here.
Thank you for all your interest and support.
Rick and Maria