I began Zentangle playing a few years ago. After my second surgery this year, when I stopped falling asleep every 15 minutes I was awake, I found my ability to keep my mind focused on what's going on during a sermon or a meeting or just about anything else is almost comical. I have begun sketching much more because it keeps my mind from wandering. Sometimes the sketch is about who I'm with or what the sermon is addressing.
Sometimes it's about ideas for the brain quilt I'm thinking about.
This morning for the first time I spent 15 minutes drawing a mandala after reading an essay about it. The encouragement was to start with a dot and build out. I've never tried it before, but I wasn't unhappy with where it took me and it was fun to try to use shapes that describe (at least to me) a little bit of what I am feeling about my life. My daughter Kay looked at it and decided that the very element that I meant to use to indicate crazy unpredictable health garbage looked like crowns. It's noon, and I think I just had my favorite moment of the day. :)