Do you feel anxious or stressed and need a cheap, easy outlet to release these emotions?
Do you want to do something creative and satisfying?
Try Zen doodling!
You just need paper, pencil, and a pen or marker. The paper can be cheap or more durable and expensive like watercolor or drawing paper. You can use a regular ball point pen, but Sharpie markers in fine and ultra fine sizes or the waterproof archival Sakura Pigma Micron pens tend to create more durable and pleasing lines.
At the top of this blog is a photograph of two Zen doodles I recently completed. The steps:
1) With a pencil, I placed a dot on each corner of my journal page. I did the same with the paper tile.
2) I connected the dots to form a rectangle or a square (though you can do this zen doodling in any shape such as hearts, circles, and squiggles).
3) I then started playing with a variety of shapes and lines to create sections as well as micro designs within sections of my rectangle and square.
4) Sometimes I used pencil to create the designs and then went over them with the Sharpie marker. Sometimes I just used the Sharpie marker directly.
As you doodle, you become focused and relaxed. It's like the wonderful “flow” state that Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi talks about in his book, Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience.
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