Sometimes the way our life aligns, and the messages we receive is rather eerie. This challenge is one of those moments where I just shake my head and become reminded that there are so many outside factors playing into the ‘little world’ we call our life. Long story rather short, this week I found myself taking the time to reminisce on my Zentangle journey. What this art method has done for me and my life. How I was, and who I was before I was introduced to my ‘ art therapy’. I believe everything happens for a reason…and Zentangle found me, I didn’t find it. This journey of going back through the past two and a half years took me all the way back to where the story begins as though it was yesterday. That very moment my pen hit the paper in a class I had signed up for with no idea at all about what it was. All I knew is it had ‘Zen’ in its name and I needed some Zen in my life. From that moment on, Zentangle has been ‘my life’, and I’m on a mission to share the message and language of Zentangle to anyone that will listen and be open enough to try. I love my new life!
Anyway…the challenge this week? Go back to an ‘old’ tile and replicate it to see how far you’ve come on your journey. I immediately knew I was going to do my very first ’tile’ from my ‘Zendoodle’ class at a weekend woman’s retreat where Zentangle found me.
As you can see, this journey didn’t begin because the art that came out of it was what spoke to me. It was the ceremony of it. It was the emotion of it. It was the process of it.
Sure, have my expressions become more pleasant to the eye? Yes, but that is still not why I tangle. Two and a have years later, and a polar opposite place in my life, I still tangle for the ceremony, the emotion, the process. The ability to express myself deliberately, with intention, and completely without words…that is why I tangle. And I get to share this process with other people! Living a dream!
Here they are side by side. I can honestly say I’m not sure if some of the ‘doodles’ we did that first day even have names! If they do, I couldn’t find them to tell you what they are. Some I recreated into tangles that do exist…who knows, maybe that is what they were ‘supposed’ to look like back in 2013!?!
Thank you so much for sharing in my journey and taking a peek at this week’s submission. As you can see, it was a little near and dear to me.