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STORIES: New tangler discovers unexpected benefits beyond the Zentangle® art form

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 pink alphabetic tangle index above.
Visit this post for the stories that inspired this series.

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STORIES: How Zentangle changes lives“In 1974 I was diagnosed with cancer in my leg, which resulted in it being amputated. Drastic but it saved my life as I’m now 60 in October!

I worked in the same company for 36 years until 2012 when the place was closed down, so I took early retirement. Since 2007 I was diagnosed with polymyalgia, and in 2014 my wife was diagnosed with fibromyalgia so she also had to take early retirement.

When the ‘craze’ for adult colouring books started, I thought it would be an ideal way for us to take our mind off things.

Whilst watching a shopping channel one day, they were demoing a ‘new’ artform called Zentangle and it blew me away that by following simple steps you could create these fantastic works of art.

I looked on line for them and came across your website, to which I subscribed to, and found books to get me started.

Since then, I keep a notebook to practise the tangle patterns in and recently plucked up the courage to start combining the tangles into Zentangles. I’m loving it!

I’ve tried to get my wife to do them, but she thinks they are too complicated for her, but I’ve told her, if you can draw a line you can tangle.

When I’m doing the tangles, everything around me fades into the background whilst my focus is on the tangle I’m doing, including my muscle pains.

It really is a ‘zen’ therapy that truly does work to take your mind into a place of peace and tranquillity.

… Without you and your website I wouldn’t love tangling the way I do.”

~ Brian M.

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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.

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2 comments to STORIES: New tangler discovers unexpected benefits beyond the Zentangle® art form

  • Debbie

    Sending all sorts of good vibes to you and your wife, and wishes for every kind of peace and happiness to be yours. Testimonials like yours is why are is such a force for good in our world!

  • Pauline

    Don’t give up trying to get your wife to do this. I suffer neuralgia pains and it truly does relax the brain which in turn reduces the signals sent to the painful nerves. Also a great way to pass the time, as well as a sense of accomplishment when physically you cannot do what you once did.

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