Monday, February 17, 2014

Integrating Zentangle with Life

Are there Zentangle tiles that, when you view them, bring back memories as to what was happening in your life at the time you created them? I have some. One example is the tile I did in my introductory class. It brings me back to the 90 minute drive, finding dinner beforehand, the gallery where the class was held and the CZT (Certified Zentangle Teacher) presenting the class. So, I am curious as to what aspects of a person's life can be integrated into the Zentangle practice both to bring back memories and enrich life.

Before I go any further, I want to make it clear that the practice of Zentangle is valuable in itself and needs no experimentation to change it or make it better. (Before you start branching out, take a class from a Certified Zentangle Teacher to find out the facts and the process. You can find the listing of CZT's here:CZT's Listing ). But once someone discovers their love for the Zentangle process, then no surface is safe and they may look for other reasons to tangle.

I'm one of those with "so much to do, so little time" and I'm pretty sure that is true of most people. So I'm working on integrating the important things in my life. I'm not talking multitasking, but integrating. In December, I integrated the practice of Zentangle with my meditation time. Many of you joined me as we went through our Advent Journey and created ZIA (Zentangle Inspired Art). I don't want to replace the practice of Zentangle by the integration of tangling into other parts of my life.  The point is that I want to do more tangling and integration is a way of doing that.

This time of year, like a lot of other people, I am focusing on getting back on track with healthy eating and exercising.  I'm finding ways to integrate Zentangle into healthy habits. One of the things I find difficult is to remember to drink plenty of water throughout the day. Below is my experimental tile. My theory is that if I tangle around a written goal I will better remember it and take steps to get it done. Also, it becomes a satisfying physical reminder of that goal.

Tangles: Rick's Paradox, Maria's Split, Stretched and Wrapped  Hollibaugh (Click the link to see her beautiful tile.) , orbs as fill-ins