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A NEW way to meditate
Lines of Zen guides you through a technique known as meditative drawing. Put simply, in order to quieten your mind, you give it a creative task.
Short, easy meditations
No talent or skill required
Stick with a favorite, or try something new
There is no judgement
I created this app to help all the people around the world who, like me, have tried traditional meditation and found it too difficult, too time consuming, or perhaps just not the right fit. What makes Lines of Zen different? The meditations in this app give you almost instant access to the calm, focused state of mind required for you to benefit from traditional meditation, and this is achieved through drawing.
Don't worry! Lines of Zen requires absolutely no talent or skill for drawing. Anybody, at any age, can follow along with these meditation exercises and put them into practice immediately. In fact, most Lines of Zen exercises can be completed in about 5 minutes, which makes them great for squeezing in between other activities in your day. Conversely, any of these exercises can be extended or repeated for longer meditation sessions. They are also very easy to memorize, so you can do them anytime, anywhere without the instructions. Just five minutes of daily meditative drawing can do wonders for your peace of mind, your focus, and your overall wellbeing.
For those of you who already have a meditation practice of your own, Lines of Zen is a great way to add another meditative tool to your practice. It may even become your favorite way to meditate!
So, if you're ready, get a pen and some paper, and be "drawn" into relaxation with Lines of Zen.
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In a nutshell, meditative drawing is an easy way to experience the wonderful benefits of traditional meditation through simple drawing exercises.
Unlike traditional 'sketching', You are not trying to feel your way through any particular shapes or make the drawing look like any subject of any kind. Therefore, the lines you draw will always be correct.
Just a pen and some paper.
Nothing else is needed! Lines of Zen drawing meditations can be done anywhere, anytime, whenever you need a little moment of calm, focus, and mental relaxation in your day. If you wish, you can even draw on a digital tablet.
No. Unlike drawing with the intention of making "art" (or a representational image of any kind), meditative drawing is done with the intention of focusing all of your attention on the simple act of making marks on the paper.
These marks, drawn slowly and with calm focus, eventually result in various abstract images that are sometimes quite beautiful. However, no artistic skill is required to produce any of the drawings in this app.
It is recommended that you do these exercises with a pen that writes smoothly, requiring very little pressure. Pencils can be scratchy or messy. Ink is fluid and quiet. Use a relaxed grip and just let the lines happen. Long slow lines are always more therapeutic than short, staccato jabs at the paper.
Each of the exercises takes between 3 and 5 minutes to complete. Besides completing one first thing in the morning, they can also be useful during your day as a way of changing pace and clearing your mind for a new task.