After 3 Weeks of Zentangle Before Bed, I’ve Never Slept So Well and Woken Up So Calm

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I have a confession: even though I’m a yoga instructor, I’m not a fan of meditation. It’s not that I don’t want to revel in the present moment, reduce stress, embrace stillness, and all that good stuff. It’s that I don’t like how it feels like time just disappears. I’ve done all kinds of meditations from totally silent to chanting the same word for 60 minutes straight, and even though I’ve felt serene afterward, my first thought when it’s over is, “Where the hell did that hour go?” It freaks me out a little.

I’m also the kind of person that has a really hard time quieting my thoughts, which is probably why I need meditation — but it wasn’t until I discovered Zentangle that I truly found the type of meditation that works for me. Zentangle, in simple terms, is meditative drawing.

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