Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Allowing the Time

The last eight months for me have been a whirlwind of ramped up activity, mountains of details, and lifestyle adjustments. It's all been a ton of fun, and lots of hard work, but there is a flow that I feel that helps me know I'm exactly where I belong for the moment. One of my prominent lessons is letting go of the lists, and allowing time for what is being called for at the moment. That might mean lunch with a friend, even though I may have a pile of other things to do. It might mean I forego lunch with a friend because of the piles of things to do. Each moment asks me to participate in its own way, regardless of the rules I hold about it. There are many "shoulds" to follow, but we get a chance to move beyond those and do what is intuitively "right" for that moment.
   In the past couple of weeks I've made a real effort to allow for my intuition to take a real front and center. As it turns out, I had one day that began with a breakfast with a friend at 8:30 and by 11:10 I realized I might be late for my lunch date with my mom. Now that's a great morning! I set my lists aside, and what transpired was a really meaningful morning with deep conversation and swirling insights.
   By the time Monday came, I really "should" have gotten more checks of the list on my desk. But Peg Farmer was having a Zentangle class at the bead store. And even though I could have sat in the computer corner and finished lots of the items on my list, I knew what was really being asked is that I sit down with the class and become a student of Zentangle. Later that evening I "should" have helped my son peel wallpaper off my dining room wall, but something else was calling: another dinner conversation full of meaningful twists and turns and aha moments. My son was cool with that:)
   The flow is a wonderful thing. Sitting down with Zentangle always reminds me of that. The more I do, the more I see the experience of flow with Zentangle helps me float my way to each appropriate moment in the rest of my day.
   Thanks universe. I am one lucky girl.

Below is a combination of what I did on my calendar in Peg's class plus this week's Diva Challenge. I then did a tile just with the Diva Challenge. Flowin' Fun.



 

15 comments:

  1. Both are gorgeous--love the big fat Bunzo all tucked in among auraknot and your calendar page is awesome! I'm falling behind with mine--planning to catch up some today (I hope!!!)

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  2. Wow, Carole!That's one of the best essays on balance and flexibility I've ever read. I'm pinning it to my "Worldview" AND my "Stuff I Love" boards on Pinterest so I can read it every time I get hand wringy about all my lists, and shoulds, and need to's. Thank you, thank you. And...as always...your tangles a lovely. Sweep me away. ♥

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  3. I love free days without lists and going with the flow. Lucky girl, but also present in your life now! Beautiful tangles!

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  4. Boy, are they ever fantastically fabulous!

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  5. I like it. The bunzo's look like they are nestled right into the auroknow. Great idea.

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  6. Really like how you accomplished having these two interact with each other. Like the ribbons flowing of the Auraknot.

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  7. Both are great. the 2nd one is great. I always make just one auraknot, and I look interesting at your work, how you made al those auraknots melt together. Great effect.

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  8. Both are beautiful, but the second is my favourite.
    Thank you for sharing your thoughts, you are SO right/.

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  9. Great post! And love your second tile.

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  10. carole - i love your calendar. the paper is a little slick for me and i have trouble controlling the pen, but i'm getting better at it. this is a fun way for my daughter and i to share some zentangle ideas, so thank you for making this available!

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  11. Really like how the auroknot seems to melt away in the second one. Great tangles.

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  12. I like the trailing ends coming out of auraknot. Loved reading your post too!

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