So many folks do not fully understand the concept of Tangling. This term is the VERB form of the NOUN Zentangle. Often, at a glance, it is confused as ‘Doodling’. This link will offer you some idea on the benefits of random drawing. The video is from TED.come. Sunni Brown looks at Doodling in 5:5 time frame. Well worth the time it takes to watch it.
She states that ‘studies show that sketching and doodling improve our comprehension — and our creative thinking. So why do we still feel embarrassed when we’re caught doodling in a meeting? Sunni Brown says: Doodlers, unite! She makes the case for unlocking your brain via pad and pen.
Zentangle is not mindless drawing. Every pattern [known as Tangles] has a specific name. This leads to a communication system.
She defines Doodling as: ‘to make spontaneous marks to help yourself think’.
The drawings in the ZT concept are not mindless, random acts of pen to paper. It is a very focused, to the point of being medatative- process. It, too, has profound effect on creative problem solving.
As a nurse, I find the more we can do to unwind, the more stress we are removing from our system. Why is this important? Stress is cumulative– by dispersing it, we break the cumulative process. We can diffuse the damage.