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STORIES: Zentangle® changes the life of manic depressive, bipolar tangler

In this occasional series on TanglePatterns, readers describe in their own words how Zentangle® has changed their lives. For more accounts in this series, click on the “STORIES” link in the alphabetical listing above.
Visit this post for the stories that inspired this series.

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STORIES: How Zentangle changes lives“I must tell you that ‘tangling’ has literally changed my life.

I am manic depressive and bipolar. Though medications keep these maladies controlled, I had lost my interest and drive to create. (And my college degree is in fine art!) After discovering the Zentangle Method I look forward to ‘my time to tangle’ every day. I love trying the patterns found on your website.

My daughter who is in art school in Savannah, Georgia and my husband both see a remarkable difference in my demeanor and outlook. They don’t even roll their eyes when I tell them that I spent the day doodling, tangling, drawing and painting!

I own a somewhat upscale yarn shop with jewelry making/beading on the second floor.  My employees have remarked numerous times that I seem so happy and calm!

I feel better than I have in years all because of tangling daily and having such a helpful and inspirational resource – your website.

Thank you for (unknowingly) being my lighthouse in the fog.”

~ Kelley F.

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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 to remain private, I will certainly honor that.

By publishing your “testimonials”, I’m hoping it will help spread the word about Zentangle to many others who can REALLY benefit from it. As the Zentangle founders say, “Anything is possible, one stroke at a time.”™


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2 comments to STORIES: Zentangle® changes the life of manic depressive, bipolar tangler

  • Fiona K.

    I, too, have a diagnosis of bipolar disorder as well as crippling anxiety. Last September I admitted myself to the psych ward, because I was not coping and needed a safe place to be. I spent ten days in the psych unit. The one good thing about being in the hospital was the availability of craft materials. After I got out of the hospital I still felt very broken and vulnerable. Through Pinterest I discovered Zentangle, and for me, Zentangle is my meditation. I am not able to meditate or engage in any other kind of spiritual practice, but I can draw. That creative outlet enabled me to get through the rest of my semester at university. Now I like to draw listening to relaxing music on youtube, and when I am tangling, everything else is tuned out. I am finally able to focus on one thing rather than flitting from one activity to another. Zentangle has been such a healing experience for me.

  • Jane Ellen

    I have been without a computer or my kindle for more than a year now. I’m just learning how to use an iPad Pro. It is wonderful that you are able to use Zentangle as a focusing tool. It sounds like it has opened many other doors for you as well. Continue on that path to healing. You should remind yourself that you can’t make a mistake and it is “one stroke at a time.” My best to you and hope your path continues to be always forward. Jane Ellen

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