january 15, 2013

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Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging. Negativism to the pain and ferocity of life is negativism to life. We are not there until we can say “yea” to it all.” ~ Joseph Campbell

practice of calm
practice of calm (instagram)

Before Christmas, January Wyatt mentioned the word Zentangle. I’d never heard the term. Essentially, it’s a form of meditative drawing on 3 1/2″ squares. There is no wrongness, and few rules beyond breathing deeply and appreciating the experience. This was right up my alley, of course. I mentioned it in passing to Catherine Brereton. Turns out, we’d both ordered Zentangle books the same day. I knew I was on to something creative! The books provide ways to develop beautiful patterns, that when taken together, create  intricate drawings. The materials are as few as the rules. Meanwhile, your mind is free from worry, transfixed on the patterns and where they might take you. Or perhaps whatever ails you spills into the drawings and carries your worries away. It’s like yoga on paper, and anyone can do it. I started my lessons today. What a great adventure. Join me!

  1. Relax
  2. Breathe
  3. Admire the paper and tools
  4. Appreciate the opportunity
  5. Draw the border
  6. Draw the string
  7. With the pen, draw the tangles
  8. With the pencil, shade the tangles
  9. With the pen, initial the front, date, and comment on the back
  10. Reflect and appreciate
  11. Admire up close and at arm’s length.

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