Saturday, February 18, 2012

Paying Attention

"The practice and art of paying attention allows the brain to move into more synchrony, into more balance, into more coherence." ---Dr. Joe Dispenza

The art of Zentangle® naturally includes the art of paying attention. We watch our hands and pen connect to the paper, making our repetitive marks in a deliberate way. As we spend some time doing this, our focus becomes more refined, and our being becomes steeped in the moment itself. Do this every day and see what happens.
    If you you care to hear more of Dr. Dispenza, here is a video, chock full of amazing ideas.

Some days there is nothing like a nice straight line to get my attention. The rhythm of each line and where it wants to step is a fun dance for me, so February 16 was such a dance. The tangle is one of Zentangle's orginals called BB. I chose this for a friend whose birthday it was, and who also shares those same initials. I don't often do BB, but everytime I do it I wonder why I don't do it more often! I love this, especially layered along a string, and using it to fill in the sections of the string as a monotangle. The other two days were just random designs, although I'm sure they are tangles somewhere. I just didn't consciously know what they were. I also love shading as an exercise in attention. It gives me a chance to play with the lines all over again, hunting down the things that are behind and in front, or finding edges of a long forgotten string. Paying attention is fun.


3 comments:

  1. I love all three days and somehow you always seem to make all your patterns fit well together.....something I find very hard to do. This is just lovely.

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  2. I have been doing Tangles and Zentangles since last August. Just this past
    weekend, I received one of your Tangle A Day Calendars as a thank you gift.
    Now I want to thank YOU for such a wonderful calendar. It's clear to me
    that you put a great deal of time and thought into what this calendar
    should be and how it should be made. The paper quality is outstanding and
    the Micron ink is a perfect match for the texture of the paper.

    I hope you are planning your Tangle Calendar for 2013--I am planning to buy
    several for friends and families.

    Thanks again, Carole, for your calendar and your tangles!

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