Challenge #255

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.

October 2013:

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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.

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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!?!

255bThank 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.

With gratitude,

Sheila

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10 Comments

  1. I suspect that you and I are among many who remember with gratitude that Zentangle found us. As someone bordering on depression back then, to a very happy, creative person now, I too feel Zentangle is near and dear.

  2. It’s always nice to read where someone truly appreciates the real goal of Zentangle. Yes, your tiles are improved, but that was never the goal, just the results of time. Good for you!

    1. Absolutely, Jean! Who needs therapy when there is Zentangle!?!?! LOL! It truly has been my medicine on so many levels and it’s such a great community to be a part of! Thanks for your wonderful words!

  3. What a wonderful blog post! It serves to remind us all of why we are doing these challenges week after week…not for the end product, but for the road to it. Although I love what your style has developed into, I can relate to the process being the best part of Zentangle. Thank you for sharing a glimpse into your life!

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