Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Zentangle Step outs for Nymph by Melinda Barlow CZT#4

After many requests I have finally named my tangle "Nymph" you  will find the step outs easy, only two steps.
As a CZT, I love to teach tangles that follow the rules of three strokes or less.  
You start with a string, in pencil of course, the string is much like Nzeppel as well as the first step, then the Nymph comes out to play, with the little short strokes forming a flower pattern. 

 Have fun with Nymph.

The name for this tangle came from  Nymph;  Lesser goddesses portrayed as beautiful girls, inhabiting fountains, trees, rivers, and mountains.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Zentangle and Mindfulness Meditation

Zentangle and mindfulness Meditation go hand in hand.  I found this article from Lumosity Newsletter. What do you think?  In my Zentangle Class today we talked about how you can use Zentangle to focus on what you are drawing to create mindfulness meditation.  This was the tile we created using our mindfulness tangle. 

A new study out of Brown University has found that a form of mindfulness meditation known as MBSR may act as a "volume knob" for attention, changing brain wave patterns.
What is MBSR?
Originally developed by a professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR) is based on mindfulness meditation techniques that have been practiced in some form or another for over two millennia. The 8-week MBSR program still follows some of the same principles of the original Buddhist practice, training followers to focus a "spotlight of attention" on different parts of their body. Eventually, it is hoped, practitioners learn to develop the same awareness of their mental states.

In the last 20 years, MBSR and a similar practice called mindfulness based cognitive therapy (MBCT) have been included in an increasing number of healthcare plans in the developed world. Some studies have shown that these practices can reduce distress in individuals with chronic pain and decrease risk of relapses into depression.

In this study, Brown University researchers wanted to investigate whether MBSR could have a broader application beyond the clinical realm. Could MBSR impact the alpha brain waves that help filter and organize sensory inputs, improving attentional control?
Study design
Researchers divided the study’s 12 healthy adult participants into two groups: a test group that underwent MBSR training for 8 weeks, and a control group that did not. After 8 weeks, a brain imaging technique known as magneto encephalography (MEG) was used to measure alpha wave patterns in participants.

While hooked up to the brain scanning equipment, participants felt taps on their hands and feet at random intervals. On average, those who trained with MBSR demonstrated faster and greater alpha wave changes in response to these taps. These alpha wave surges indicated that participants were better able to quickly focus attention on the relevant body parts.
How alpha waves affect cognition

Alpha rhythms help filter irrelevant sensory inputs in the brain. Without proper filtering, the ability to carry out many basic cognitive operations can be crippled.

Zentngle Inspired Art or ZIA

It has been a long time between posts for me.  Working just a bit to hard it think and not taking time to enjoy the things I love.  I just recently found this wonderful Facebook group by Ben Kwok   Ornation Creations.  He offers wonderful templates to tangle on.  Here is my latest. 
 I promise myself I am going to post more often.