...AKA doing what is right under your nose.
Modern day life is full. It is full of expectations. Full of plans and organizing. Full of setting goals and planning the future. It is full of quantifying this and having proof for that. It is full of doing things to check this box or get this credential or photograph and so on.
Modern day life is full of filling.
While there is value and space for some of that in this journey we call life, if we are constantly full of filling our time with only the things that appear to quantify purpose or get us a win or a label or some check box … then there is no room left for just being.
What if we paused for moment and appreciated the value in the pause? What if we celebrated the beauty in doing things just for the sake of doing? What if we did somethings without planning or purpose? What if we allow ourselves space for things that don’t have an obvious reason?
What if we allowed ourselves time in our everyday lives to be completely immersed in that thing we are doing in the current moment?
Perhaps we would realize this subconsciously allows our minds and our hearts to better absorb all the other stuff and help us be more equipped to work through all the other things that fill our days.
If we give ourselves respite from the constant looking ahead and planning for what is to come and instead just be completely immersed in each moment, we can honor that which we are doing right now.
Perhaps this honor, this increased focus on the one task at hand and can bring us clarity and strength to move on to the next. With all our energy and heart concentrating on each individual thing our abilities become illuminated. The next task at hand becomes more obvious and we dance effortlessly from one task to the next.
As you practice the Zentangle Method, we encourage you to trust the process and focus on one stroke at time. Allow the artist inside you to be in each moment. Let each step guide you but not restrict you. Leave space for the unexpected and embrace opportunities. Fill your moments with gratitude and let go of any expectations. Tangle for the sake of tangling. Create for the sake of creating and be for the sake of being.
As you continue to “fill” your lives, ponder the value in leaving yourself time and space for the now. Time and space for you to just be in each moment. Time and space for doing what is right under your nose.
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