For those new to meditation, this is a very short exercise, less than 5 minutes. Meditation means being present, in the moment. It's paying attention to your body, thoughts and emotions. Get comfortable and listen to this introduction to meditation and begin your self care journey.
I am a mindful art maker, but I haven't always been. I suffered from debilitating stress from a young age. I remember my doctor asking my mom if she could pay me to do some cross stitch or something so I would relax, and my mom told her, "Please don't, that will stress her out more."
Of all the things I've tried to reduce my stress, the easiest, most accessible method I've learned is a combination of art and meditation. It's inexpensive, portable, and if you can write your name, you can do it. Some of the benefits my students and I get are:
I'm also a Certified Zentangle Teacher, so you'll find that I include the Zentangle® Method of abstract art in a lot of my classes. My classes work together and build on each other. I share my experience
to help others create the lives they want to lead. I hope the methods I teach work for you, too!