“I always pause in my own CeMental Break,” she said.
That’s what Tinkham has dubbed the creations she’s sketching around Minneapolis to promote mindful living and mental health. Since April, a couple hundred CeMental Breaks have popped up throughout the city encouraging passersby to stop and take a moment for themselves.
The formula for a CeMental Break is simple. Each starts with an open circle and the command to pause. Then there’s a call to breathe and reflect — and usually a few doodles to add pops of color to the dull concrete or asphalt.
“My hope is that if someone’s in that place where they’re not feeling great — they’re down, they’re stressed, they’re frustrated, whatever it is — I can at least give them a moment in their day,” Tinkham said.