On Sketchnotes and Meditative Drawing

Fans of American Public Radio’s On Being with Krista Tippett may have noted that graphic illustrator Doug Neill is now taking visual notes of the show.  These sketchnotes recall Paul Soupiset’s illustrations for Sparkhouse’s Animate DVD Study, Facilitator’s Guide and Personal Journal, and their re:form curriculum for youth:  they help us–at least, some of us–attend.

Many forms of spiritual drawing or coloring invite everyone, regardless of skill level.  Zentangle is a way to practice focus and meditation through drawing by using repetitive patterns.  (Their YouTube channel is here.)  Kass Hall’s Zentangle Untangled:  Inspiration and Prompts for Meditative Drawing (North Light Books, 2012) and Beckah Krahula’s One Zentangle a Day:  a 6-Week Course in Creative Drawing for Relaxation, Inspiration, and Fun (Quarry Books, 2012) provide guidance.

Journey-In:  A Meditative Coloring Journal (Janelle Sundberg and Michelle Ahlquist, Journey-In, 2006) suggests users write an intention to meditate upon while coloring.  From the website:

Journal space is provided for insights, ideas, thoughts, or whatever comes to you during your coloring time.  Sometimes people get clear ideas, others may receive a few words or just flashes of thought, and some will have a feeling, while others may see pictures or symbols.  Don’t dismiss anything.  What may seem insignificant maybe a huge insight to your prayer.  Write it down and keep coloring.  It is amazing how little ideas can expand when you allow your mind the freedom to wander.

And Sybil MacBeth’s Praying in Color materials from Paraclete Press, including books and DVDs for young people, men, and everyone, recommend doodling as a form of prayer.  Instructional videos are here.

Apparently, a lot of people are finding these art forms engaging; perhaps a pad and a pen belong with service books and hymnals in the pew.  Find these materials and a wealth of ideas and resources for spiritual practice at the RCC.