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Linda Farmer, Certified Zentangle Teacher


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Tangle Refresher 96

Tangle Refresher!Recently I found myself on the TanglePatterns page containing all the personal accounts readers have shared describing in their own words how Zentangle® has changed their lives. It is powerful and inspiring reading.

The creative satisfaction (exhilaration?) we experience is an obvious benefit of the Zentangle Method, but the unexpected emotional, psychological and even physical benefits are often not honored as much as they could be and that’s what this occasional series aims to spotlight.

When I began the series three years ago, I wrote,

One of my greatest, and most unexpected, rewards in running is receiving comments and emails from fellow tanglers thanking me for the site and describing how Zentangle® has changed their lives. It is a wonderful feeling to know you’ve made a difference in a person’s life. Of course the real difference is what the gift of Zentangle has given, but I’m honored to help in my way through TanglePatterns.

For some time I’ve been sharing some of these stories (not private details) with friends and family, and it seems to me that these should be shared more widely. Many of you are new to this art form and I’m not sure you are aware of how Zentangle has helped so many people in dealing with some really tough challenges in their lives.

Here are some of the challenges shared in inspiring testimonials of how Zentangle has made a difference in someone’s life:

  • Relief from chronic hand pain, and depression and anxiety
  • Healing after a traumatic brain injury
  • Dealing with loss and grief
  • Overcoming artist block
  • Overcoming fear of failure
  • Dealing with loneliness and loss
  • Respite and relief for caregivers
  • Overcoming panic attacks
  • Relieving mental exhaustion and increasing productivity
  • Providing relief from medical withdrawal and Parkinson’s Disease
  • Healing a broken heart
  • Improving hand control from effects of Parkinson’s Disease
  • Improving hand control after mini-strokes
  • Accomplishment after loss of vision in one eye
  • Handling ADHD and anger management issues
  • Handling the challenges of “loss, age-related physical conditions and the sometime resulting depression”

You can read the full account in each person’s own words by visiting the STORIES tab in the pink alphabetic tangle menu bar as shown below at the green arrow.

How to locate the STORIES tab

If you would like to share your own experience for this series, please email me (linda [at] tanglepatterns [dot] com). You can make your story as long as or short as you like and, if you wish, your personal details will remain anonymous. I’d love to share your inspiring story …

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The Tangle Refresher series, aka Buried Treasure, spotlights hidden tangle gems from the past. It can remind you of tangles you might not have used for a while or introduce you to some you haven’t come across yet.

Here are five more tangle pattern gems and a Tangle Refresher from a year (or two) ago for your tangling pleasure. Remember to check out the “More Good Stuff” links below too. Zenful tangling!

BTW as you visit these tangles it would be great if you’d take a moment to leave a comment and Tweet or “like” them on Facebook to share them with your followers. Sharing links are on the left side of each pattern’s page. Thanks!

Buried Treasure from a year ago
Zentangle pattern: Fengle Fengle
Zentangle pattern: Luv-a Luv-A
Zentangle pattern: Heartline Heartline
Zentangle pattern: Da'Deal Da’Deal
Zentangle pattern: ChocoBox ChocoBox
Revisit the Tangle Refresher from a year ago Tangle Refresher 68

More good stuff …


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