Tuesday, March 15, 2011

(Waking) In My Sleep

There are corners of our brains that seem to be asleep, or maybe just resting until it's time to come forward. This week's Diva Zentangle Challenge woke up a little corner for me. Our 'assignment' was to create a Zentangle with our non-dominant hand. I have to say, this exercise always excites me! Having taught a right brain drawing class many moons ago, I love the opportunity to shift the way we see, and jump-start parts of our brain that are dormant. Using our non-dominant hand helps to shift the gears of our "regular" brain function. The Zentangle process itself already does this, but using the other hand gives that shift an even bigger push.
   As I created the string, I could already feel a little sleepy part of my brain awakening. As I picked up the pen, it woke up a little more. I felt the little kid in me wandering around the tile, letting the squiggly lines take their shape. It was deliberateness with almost no control. I started to notice that where I placed my next lines felt as strange as what the lines were looking like. It felt almost like I was in a waking dream, being guided by some part of me way underneath my daily brainwaves. What fun!!
   I'm feeling I want to do this at least once every week. Who knows what will come up from that sleeping space inside? I suspect that's where all the 'real' stuff is...
   Thanks, Laura!



11 comments:

  1. Wow, you did a beautiful job on this. I liked your write-up too. I can see why you might want to continue these regularly.

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  2. It sort of looks like a guitar to me. I like it :)

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  3. I knew you would do a great job. Still has the feeling of Carole all over it. I really like it!

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  4. Delightful work! Your non-dominant hand did really well! It's interesting how your style still comes through.

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  5. "...deliberateness with almost no control" - that says it alright! Nice job!
    --Margaret

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  6. so glad to hear you want to do this more....I also had the feeling that it could be helpful in ways we haven't even explored. I think yours is way too cool, like a funky musical instrument for sure!!

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  7. Looks like your brain is sparkling with a smooth groove!

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  8. Reminds me of a musical instrument... and I can actually hear the music! Lovely post. I think we could all benefit from doing this exercise on a regular basis - to "awaken" our sleeping potential.

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  9. I think you are right. It definitely felt different doing this challenge. I think I may try to do this more often just to see what comes out of my right mind.

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