Tonawanda News — “It’s a process you go with. Your soul is leading you now, instead of your mind,” Sykes said. “I tend to be a perfectionist and I had to learn to work with mistakes.”
The creators of the system — who admit they didn’t really create the drawings from scratch, but invented a method for teaching and learning it — said Zentangle allows people to disengage their minds and meditate.
Some people have used it as a way to work through personal problems and even calm classrooms full of students. One hospital in Ireland even uses Zentangle to help with pain management.
Thomas said one person told her Zentangle saved her life.
“ ‘I was lost and this is bringing me back to feeling good about myself,’ ” Thomas said the woman told her. Others have told her, “ ‘I don’t feel pain anymore or my blood pressure went down.’ ”
“When you’re meditating you’re watching your thoughts and you let them go by like a cloud,” Sykes said. “[When I Zentangle,] my thoughts come and it’s easier for me to let them go because I’m so involved with doing something else with my hands.”
For those interested in taking classes with Sykes at the Patrick Sean Daley Studio in the City of Tonawanda, call the studio at 400-6117.ZENTANGLE CLASSES • WHERE: Patrick Sean Daley Studio, 61 Main St., City of Tonawanda • MORE INFORMATION: Contact the studio to find out dates and cost at 400-6117. • ON THE WEB: Visit www.zentangle.com. Contact Sunday Lifestyle editor Danielle Haynes at 693-1000, ext. 4116 or follow her on Twitter at @DanielleHaynes1.