Zen is a Buddhist-based philosophy of meditation and intuition. Commonly, it is thought of as profound state of calm and enlightenment. By definition, it is a noun. In recent popular culture, it has been used as an adjective to describe an enlightened or peaceful quality.
Zentangle is a structured form of doodles. They are based in intuition and, when practiced, create a meditative state. “Zentangles” is a registered trademark and certified instructors (CZT) are in several communities. For disclosure, I am not a CZT. I am self taught with several different books available on the subject.
Although there is structure, there is no right or wrong way to do Zentangles. This fact makes it a natural failure-free activity to do with persons with dementia.
Creativity has many positive benefits. Research (including Ebersole & Hess, 1998) done over the past several decades has verified that creative expression helps:
- Create balance and order
- Give a sense of control over the external world
- Make something positive out of a loss, bad experience or depression
- Maintain your sense of integrity
- Help resolve conflicts
- Make thought and feeling clear
- A greater sense of well-being and personal growth
- Improve relationships
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